Mr. Happy brings Mr. Miserable out of hiding, and the real world brings a smile to his face.
Mr. Happy brings Mr. Miserable out of hiding and into the real world, where he gradually begins to smile. Mr. Miserable's unhappiness has two causes: a misperception of the world &/or a misconception of life. Hargreaves' twofold solution is for Mr. Miserable to discover the world as a happy place, and to build a smiling attitude. If parents help build the first, their child will build the second! "Mr. Happy" can help.
Miss. Late misses out a lot by being late, except with Mr. Lazy.
Miss. Late ruins shopping dates, and loses her jobs at the bank, restaurant & office. She only succeeds as house maid for Mr. Lazy because he is late with things too. Of course, then Mr. Silly asks her out to a dance. As expected, when he arrives she is not ready and the joke is her claim, "I'll be down in a minute." This is a simple message children can understand about tardiness. Unfortunately, it's narrative is boring and the ending uninspiring.
Mr. Slow would not even get to work on time to drive his –slow– steam roller.
We must suspend our disbelief to accept just how slow Mr. Slow is. We must further suspend our disbelief to see Mr. Slow proceed with a job hunt. The story ends well... he becomes a steam roller driver, slowly rolling fresh pavement. But he is set up as being so very slow that he would never get to work on any work day! In the end the story is too unworkable, even for fun, and therefore an irrational thing to present to children.
Miss Bossy learns to say please when her boots —& it IS bizarre— force-march her when she doesn't.
Miss Bossy bosses everyone around. Then Wilfred Wizard puts boots on her that force-march her every time she is bossy. The boots stay on until she says "please" when she asks him to remove them. The story is fun, but has nothing to offer for those who want to encourage a rational view of etiquette.
It seems fine to laugh at snobbish Miss Splendid who, with all her fine things, would rather get wet than sit in a bus with ordinary people
The Little Miss Splendid story package-deals truly splendid things, such as a fine home, silk sheets and a large garden, with Miss Splendid's empty vanity and stereotypical snobbishness. She would not even sit with people on a bus. As she walks home, it rains on her new hat. People she snubbed, seeing her from a dry bus, are entertained by her misfortune. VM sees this as erroneously promoting common bigotry against those who genuinely pursue refinements by lumping them with the vain (or desperate) who find self-esteem by using others as their standard.