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

Mr Topsy-Turvy 7A

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)
First appearance

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 was published in 1972.

About him[]



Mr. Topsy-Turvy in the books.

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Mr. Topsy-Turvy's first front cover.

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)
  • Il Sig. Sottosopra (Italian)
  • おべこべくん (Obekobe-kun; Japanese)
  • Meneer Opsekop (Dutch, 1976)
  • Meneertje Op-z'n-kop (Dutch, 1986)
  • Meneertje Andersom (Dutch, 2011)
  • מר איפכא (Mar Ípkha; Hebrew, 1976)
  • מר הפוך (Mar Hafúkh, Hebrew, 2004)
  • Herr Bakvendt (Norwegian)
  • Mr. Popeth-o-Chwith (Welsh)
  • Gubben Tvärtom (Swedish)
  • Herra Hvolfi (Icelandic)
  • Unser Herr Kuddelmuddel (German, 1981)
  • Mister Umgekehrt (German, 2010)
  • Fætter Omvendt (Danish, 1981)
  • Hr. Modsat (Danish, 2012)
  • Mr. Patasparriba (Chilean Spanish)
  • Ο Κύριος Φύρδην-Μίγδην (Greek, 1988)
  • Ο Κύριος Ανάποδος (Greek, 1990s)
  • 顛倒先生 (Diāndǎo Xiānshēng; Taiwan)
  • Mali Narobesvet (Slovenian)
  • 거꿀씨 (Geokkul-ssi; Korean)
  • 颠倒先生 (Diāndǎo Xiānshēng; China)
  • คุณกลับหัว (Kun Glàp hǔua; Thai)
  • آقای وارونه (Âqâ-ye Vârune; Persian, Avae Andisheh)
  • آقا کوچولوی برعکس (Âqâ Kučulu-ye Bar'aks; Persian, Gohar Danesh)
  • پس و پیش آقا (Pas o Piš-e Âqâ; Persian, Ghadiyani)
  • السيد قلاب (As-Sayyadu Qallāb; Arabic)
  • Mr. Al Revés (Castilian Spanish)
  • Pan Opaczny (Polish)
  • ترسه به‌ی (Tərsə Bəy; Azerbaijani)
  • Bay Altüst (Turkish)


  • 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, as well the only English character, with a hyphen 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
  • He's the only Mr. Man that carries a cane (in which it is always turned upside-down)
  • In the French version of his story, he sends the letter to Mr. Sneeze.
  • In the German version of his story, he sends the letter to Mr. Silly. He also reads Mr. Silly's story in the German publication of his book.
  • He is the only Mr. Man with two words in his name.


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[]



Mr. Men Little Miss / ミスターメン リトルミス[]



See also[]

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