Did you know that Miffy is over 60-years-old & will celebrate her 65th birthday in 2020?
10 Facts About Miffy
1. Dick Bruna, Miffy's creator, first drew sketches of a little bunny to entertain his young son whilst on a rainy seaside holiday in Holland. Each night he made up stories about the bunny and Miffy was born.
2. Miffy's official birthday is June 21. She shares her birthday with Prince William, & was born the same year as Bill Gates. Dick Bruna was born in 1927, the Year of the Rabbit.
3. During her 60th birthday year (2015), Miffy helped promote Le Grand Depart of the 2015 Tour de France which was held in Utrecht.
4. The first Miffy book was published in 1955, and more than 30 stories have followed. More than 85 million Miffy books have been sold worldwide.
5. Nijntje is Miffy's name in Dutch, and it means 'little bunny'.
6. Dick Bruna created each of his Miffy illustrations by hand using pencil & black poster paint, together with coloured card. Often it could take Dick Bruna a whole day to get her expression just right.
7. The Miffy Art Parade – which ran throughout the Netherlands - raised over €500,000 for UNICEF.
8. Also as part of Miffy's 60th celebrations, a premiere in London was held for the launch of 'Miffy the Movie', the first ever feature length film to star the bunny. The film can be downloaded on iTunes UK & Google Play.
9. Miffy stars in a new TV show Miffy's Adventures Big & Small which airs in the UK on Tiny Pop every day at 7:30am & 7pm. The series stars Miffy & her friends exploring the world around them and enjoying fun adventures along the way.
10. From February 2016, a brand new interactive museum for families will open in Miffy's home town of Utrecht. The Miffy Museum will allow children to discover the world around them whilst they play.