British Author Roger Hargreaves Honored With Google Doodle

Google today paid tribute to British author Roger Hargreaves on his 76th birthday with a Google Doodle.

Hargreaves was born in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, England on May 9, 1935 and is primarily known for his children's books such as the Mr. Men and Little Miss series, The Telegraph reports.

He wrote the first Mr. Men book, Mr. Tickle, in 1971 while he was still working at a London firm as a creative director.

Though the book, during the initial phases, struggled to impress publishers, when it finally did, Mr. Tickle became an enormous success within a very short span of time. Over one million copies were sold in the first three years alone.

Hargreaves quit his day job in 1976, five years after he had written the first Mr. Men book and started concentrating more on his writing. In 1981, Hargreaves finished writing the first Little Miss book, which also became a big success.

Both Mr. Men and Little Miss were adopted as animated cartoon series by BBC, showing the books' enormous popularity and mass appeal, especially among kids.

Some of Hargreaves' other popular works include John Mouse, Hippo Potto, Mouse and Timbuctoo. Hargreaves died in 1988 at the Kent and Sussex Hospital following a stroke.