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Today's Google doodle: Mr. Men and Little Miss

If you've checked out Google today, you'll notice the cuteness has no bounds with different Google doodles riffing off Mr. Bump, Mr. Men, Mr. Rush, Little Miss Magic, Little Miss Shy and so many others. If you're in the right age range, you'll recognize the images from your childhood as those conjured up by British author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves, whose birthday Google celebrates today wit
Google Doodle of Mr. Bump, one of Roger Hargreaves' many creations
Google Doodle of Mr. Bump, one of Roger Hargreaves' many creationsGoogle / Today

If you've checked out Google today, you'll notice the cuteness has no bounds with different Google doodles riffing off Mr. Bump, Mr. Men, Mr. Rush, Little Miss Magic, Little Miss Shy and so many others. If you're in the right age range, you'll recognize the images from your childhood as those conjured up by British author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves, whose birthday Google celebrates today with these whimsical renditions.

Hargreaves, who died in 1988, would have been 76 today. He is best known for the Mr. Men and Little Miss books, which gave life to colorful, instantly accessible characters that kids could relate to, starting with Mr. Tickle in 1971. The books have sold more than 100 million copies in 28 countries and four animated series have also endeared the characters to another generation. After his death, his son Adam took over the popular series, which number nearly 50 for Mr. Men and more than 30 for Little Miss.

Little Miss Shy, another of Roger Hargreaves' creations
Little Miss Shy, another of Roger Hargreaves' creationsGoogle / Today

The Telegraph, the first entry that comes up after clicking on the Doodle, tells us the latest shows appeared in Britain in 2008 and 2009, so Hargreaves' legacy continues to seep into yet another generation. Today's Google doodle doesn't have many bells and whistles, but it does have variety, showing a different image every time the search engine is refreshed.

Google has a penchant for celebrating dead people's birthdays, giving such legends as John Lennon, Jules Verne and Paul Cezanne prominent space on their main search engine page. The Google doodle team has created over 300 doodles for Google.com in the Unites States, while the world has seen more than 700 designs.

Mr. Rush, which Google has captured making a hasty logo for today's commemoration of Roger Hargreaves birthday
Mr. Rush, which Google has captured making a hasty logo for today's commemoration of Roger Hargreaves birthdayGoogle / Today

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