Mr. Topsy-Turvy does everything the wrong way around. One day he comes to the town where the reader lives. He rents a room in a hotel, speaking to the hotel manager the wrong way around, "Afternoon good, I'd room a like." The next day, he confuses the taxi driver with his backwards speaking, causing an accident, buying a pair of socks and putting them on his hands, then he disappears, but everything is still topsy-turvy. Everybody still speaks topsy-turvy, and the reader is asked to say something topsy-turvy.
Mr. Topsy-Turvy originated from a competition run by Roger Hargreaves to find a new Mr Men character and was an idea by Marc Penfold who created Mr Upside Down and a story in which the character lived in a backwards world. The idea did not win the competition but Roger Hargreaves liked the idea so much he wrote to Marc Penfold saying he would use the idea and thus Mr. Topsy-Turvy was born.
International publications & translations
Mr. Topsy-Turvy appears under the titles Monsieur A L'Envers (French), Don Alreves (Spanish), Unser Herr Kuddelmuddel (German), 顛倒先生 (Taiwan), 거꿀씨 (Korean), Mr. Popeth o chwith (Welsh), Meneer Opsekop/Meneertje Andersom (Dutch), Ο Κύριος Ανάποδος (Greek), Fætter Omvendt (Danish), Herr Bakvendt (Norwegian), おべこべくん (Japanese).
- Mr. Topsy-Turvy gets words out of order.
- In the Japanese version of I Love Mr. Men, Mr. Topsy-Turvy was orange-reddish instead of orange and his bowler hat was gold instead of yellow.
- In the 1975 cartoon, his hat is brown.
- In his story, he went down the up escalator, which is exactly what Mr. Stubborn did in his plot in Mall.
- He's the only Mr. Man with a dash in his name. He is also the only English character with a dash in his name.
- His theme song is called Topsy Turvy Land.
- Counterparts on the Counterparts Wiki.
List of characters
This is a list of Mr. Men, Little Miss and other special characters that appear in this book.
- Hotel Manager
- Taxi Driver
- Store Clerk
- Mr. Bump (Picture on the building wall)
Title character other appearances
This is a list of other books that the title character has appeared in.
- Mr. Clever
- Little Miss Giggles
- Little Miss Late (TV)
- Mr. Brave Goes Ghost Hunting (TV) (cameo)
- Little Miss Scatterbrain Puts Everything in Turmoil (TV)
- Mr. Funny Puts on a Show (TV)
- Little Miss Helpful Goes to the Fair (TV)
- Little Miss Late Beats Them All (TV)
- Little Miss Bossy Has a Busy Day (TV) (cameo)
- Mr. Nonsense's Strange Illness (TV) (cameo)