"Afternoon good!"
— Mr. Topsy-Turvy
Mr. Topsy-Turvy

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Book No.
9 (UK and US)
16 (France)
Release Date
15 August, 1972
Preceded by
Mr. Messy (UK and US)
Mr. Impossible (France)
Followed by
Mr. Silly (UK and US)
Mr. Perfect (France)

Mr. Topsy-Turvy is the ninth book in the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves. He was supposed to be the sixth book, but the book published in 1972.

About him

  • Colour: Orange
  • Shape: Bean
  • Gender: Male
  • Personality: Jumbled, Untidy, Chaotic, Turvy-Topsy, Disorderly, Disorganised
  • Hair: None
  • Relatives: none
  • Love: unknown
  • Friends: Little Miss Contrary, Mr. Muddle, Mr. Wrong
  • Rivals: Little Miss Neat, Little Miss Busy, Little Miss Tidy, Mr. Grumpy
  • Job: doing things the wrong way
  • Features: Yellow bowler hat and cane (which were turned upside down)
  • Voice Actors: Arthur Lowe (1975-1978), John Alderton (1983), Gordon Peters (Mr. Men and Little Miss), Len Carlson (US dub)


Mr. Topsy-Turvy in the books

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.

International publications & translations

Mr. Topsy-Turvy appears under the titles:

  • Monsieur A L'Envers (French)
  • Unser Herr Kuddelmuddel (German)
  • Don Alreves (Spanish)
  • Mr. Al Revés (Second Spanish Release)
  • Mr. Popeth-o-Chwith (Welsh)
  • Meneer Opsekop/Meneertje Andersom (Dutch)
  • Ο Κύριος Ανάποδος (Greek)
  • Pan Opaczny (Polish)
  • Fætter Omvendt (Danish)
  • Herr Bakvendt (Norwegian)
  • 顛倒先生 (Taiwan)
  • おべこべくん (Japanese)
  • 거꿀씨 (Korean
  • מר איפכא (Hebrew)
  • السيد قلاب (Alsayyed Qallab) (Arabic)
  • คุณกลับหัว (Thai)


  • 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. Although the idea did not win the competition, Roger Hargreaves liked the idea so much he wrote to Marc Penfold saying he would use the idea.
  • 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 series, his hat is brown.
  • In the 1983 Little Miss series in Little Miss Late's story, he is brown like Mr. Uppity.
  • 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.


See 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)
  • Mr. Uppity (TV, picture on wall, he appears in this story before his own)

Title character other appearances

This is a list of other books that the title character has appeared in.




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See also

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