- "Afternoon good!"
- — Mr. Topsy-Turvy
9 (UK and US)
15 August, 1972
- 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 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)
- Mali Narobesvet (Slovenian)
- 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. Snooty.
- 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.
- He can read a book upside down
- He eats pudding before dinner
- When it’s cold he wears socks on his hands
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. Snooty (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.
- Little Miss Late (TV)
- The Christmas Rescue (TV) (non-speaking cameo)
- Mr. Funny Puts on a Show (TV)
- Mr. Brave Goes Ghost Hunting (TV) (cameo)
- Little Miss Late Beats Them All (TV)
- Another Victory for Little Miss Splendid (TV) (cameo)
- Little Miss Scatterbrain Puts Everything in Turmoil (TV)
- Mr. Nonsense's Strange Illness (TV) (cameo)
- Little Miss Helpful Goes to the Fair (TV)
- Little Miss Bossy Has a Busy Day (TV) (cameo)