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Book Title: Monsieur Bavard|
The author of the book: Roger Hargreaves
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 910 KB
Edition: Hachette Book Group USA
Date of issue: August 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9782012248427
Read full description of the books Monsieur Bavard:This chap never stops chatting, no, he never stops chatting and always repeats himself and not surprisingly he is called 'Mr Chatterbox', yes, he is 'Mr Chatterbox'. And he always wears a hat perched on the top of his head, the top of his head I say!
He would talk to everybody and anybody about anything and everything, going on and on and on and on and on and on. And if he had nobody to talk to he would talk to himself, talk to himself and also reply to himself as thought there were two persons present, imagine that, as though there were two persons present. Conversation, between himself, would go something like, 'Good morning to you', 'Good morning', 'Nice day isn't it?' 'Yes it is for the time of year.' And so on and so on and so on, oh, I have already told you that, sorry.
He lived in a square shaped house (the ones that I can still only draw!) and it was called Chatterbox Cottage, Chatterbox Cottage it was. And he would begin the day by chatting to the postman and he carried on so long that the postman was often late delivering his letters. Late delivering his letters, indeed.
One day he went into the hat shop owned by Mr Bowler and there he harangued Mr Bowler with the story, three times told, yes, three times, that his present hat was getting too old and he would like to purchase a new one. But he took so long over the request that he kept Mr Bowler in his shop long after he should have closed and gone home for tea. The main reason was that he could not determine how long he had owned his present hat 'It must be, let's think 10 years, no I tell a lie, it can't be that long, or can it, well yes it could be, but on the other hand ...' And we never did discover how long he had owned his hat, probably 10 years, or, on the other hand it may have been longer!
When Mr Bowler managed to get a word in edgeways, or even sideways, he promised to order Mr Chatterbox a new hat. Then he went home for his tea, which he had to eat cold for Mrs Bowler had made it hours earlier.
A week later there was delivered a new hat from Mr Bowler, who told the postman that the hat would be the answer to Mr Chatterbox talking too much. 'I hope so,' said the postman but he wondered how it could be. Mr Bowler explained that it was a magic hat but the postman did not understand and Mr Bowler did not elaborate.
'Oh, goody', said Mr Chatterbox, 'Oh, goody', 'It's my new hat', 'My lovely new hat. I couldn't wait for it to arrive.' 'I got up early this morning because I just knew. I don't know how I knew, I just did.' 'Oh, here's my new hat, I can't wait to try it on. Oh, I do hope it suits me.'
'Try it on? Yes, of course I must try it on, how silly of me to stand here chattering when I haven't tried it on yet. Yes, I will absolutely definitely try it on straight away.' In true Chatterbox style he added that it was silly of him to stand there just talking about trying it on and try it on he did. A new hat, tried on and sparklingly tangerine in colour; it was a truly beautiful hat, a truly beautiful hat.
He thought it, more than once, the best hat he had ever owned but while he was talking a funny thing happened. As he kept on talking the hat kept on growing larger and it eventually grew to his feet and he could talk no more. AS he could not talk, the hat began to get smaller and Mr Bowler knew that his magic hat had had done the trick.
Mr Chatterbox did not realise what had happened and next day he accosted the postman and began one of his diatribes only to find the hat once more growing and shutting him up. The postman then knew what Mr Bowler meant by a magic hat - Mr Chatterbox was speechless.
Once he was aware what the hat was doing, Mr Chatterbox learned his lesson and he began to talk half as much, indeed, half as much, yes that is a full half as much as he previously did.
Now, where's my new hat?.....
Read information about the authorCharles Roger Hargreaves (9 May 1935 – 11 September 1988) was an English author and illustrator of children's books, notably the Mr. Men and Little Miss series, intended for very young readers. He is Britain's third best-selling author, having sold more than 100 million books.
Hargreaves was born in a private hospital at 201 Bath Road, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, England, to Alfred Reginald and Ethel Mary Hargreaves, and grew up in High Lees, 703 Halifax Road, also in Cleckheaton, outside of which there now is a commemorative plaque. He spent a year working in his father's laundry and dry-cleaning business before starting out in advertising. But his original ambition was to be a cartoonist; and, in 1971, while he was working as the creative director at a London firm, he wrote the first Mr. Men book, Mr. Tickle. He initially had difficulty finding a publisher; but, once he did, the books became an instant success, selling over one million copies within three years and spawning a BBC animated television series, narrated and voiced by Arthur Lowe.
By 1976, Hargreaves had quit his day job. In 1981, the Little Miss series of books began to appear. It, too, was made into a television series in 1983, which was narrated by John Alderton, who, with Pauline Collins, voiced the Men and Misses, respectively. Although Hargreaves wrote many other children's stories, including the Timbuctoo series of twenty-five books, John Mouse, and the Roundy and Squary books, he is best known for his 46 Mr. Men books and 33 Little Miss books.
With his wife, Christine, Hargreaves had four children: Adam, Giles, and twins Sophie and Amelia. The first of the Mr. Men characters is reported to have been created when Adam asked his father what a tickle looked like: Hargreaves drew a figure with a round orange body and long, rubbery arms, which became Mr. Tickle.
After Hargreaves died of a sudden stroke in 1988, Adam continued writing and drawing the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters in new stories. However, in April 2004, Christine sold the rights to the Mr. Men characters to the UK entertainment group Chorion, for £28 million.
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