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Marvellous Mr Men
I am sure that a review of a Mr Men book needs no introduction as they are bound to be familiar to everyone! Written by Roger Hargreaves, these were my absolute favourite when I was little, and I am now enjoying reading them with my little girl.
Upside-down and inside-out
We have all the Mr Men books, thanks to finding them at a bargain price in a local charity shop, and this is definitely my daughter's current favourite! She seems to find the character of Mr Topsy Turvy really funny and loves the start of the book, where we are introduced to Mr TT and get to see his silly topsy turvy house. Of course, everything is upside down and back to front. We then find out about the other silly things he does, such as reading books upside-down and starting them at the end.
After the introduction to the main character, we then hear the story of one day when Mr TT goes into town and causes all sorts of trouble.
Now, I am being very picky here, but this is when things go downhill a bit for me! The story isn't very interesting compared to other Mr Men books, I don't think, and for me it lacks a bit of the magic of other Mr Men books. This doesn't seem to bother my daughter too much, as she still asks me to read the story to her regularly, but her interest in it noticeably tails off after the first few pages.
Despite this, it is a Mr Men book and that alone makes it quite special. The illustrations are bold and fun, and it does definitely appeal to my daughter which is of course the main thing! However it is three and half stars from me - rounded up to four because it seems just plain wrong to give one of these books only three stars!
As with all Mr Men books, this is quite widely available and can be found on amazon for £2. Not a bad price - although I would recommend other Mr Men books over this one if you are just wanting to pick up a few rather than the whole set.
Mr Topsy Turvy is yet another book from the Mr Men series by Roger Hargreaves. It usually retails at £2.50 from most bookstores.
When we are first introduced to Mr Topsy Turvy we are told that he is a backwards kind of guy. Everything about him is wrong ( in a nice way!). He wears his hat upside down on his head, the numbers on his clock start at 12 and go backwards to 1, and he reads his books upside down and back to front.
The story begins when Mr Topsy Turvy visits a town. He gets himself into a proper muddle as he makes his way round, confuses a hotel manager when asking for a room and causes a traffic jam when going the wrong way up an escalator. He causes such a stir in the town that when he leaves "the whole town breathes a sigh of relief" but they soon realise that he has left them with a little parting gift!
The book is told as if the author is talking directly to the reader, there are lots of questions asked and we also find out that Mr Topsy Turvy has come to "the town where you and I live". The author describes Mr Topsy Turvy in a lot of detail, lots more than in some of the other books in the series so my kids really felt that they got to know him better.
The story is quite amusing in places, some of the antics that he gets up to made my kids laugh out loud.
The illustrations help to tell the story well, I don't think that my kids would have found the story as funny as they did if it hadn't been for the pictures. They are very basic but they work well.
This is one of the better books in the Mr Men series.
At number 9 in the Mr Men series of books we have Mr Topsy Turvy.
The cover of this book is a little different to the others thanks to his long title. Mr Topsy Turvy himself is on the cover, a stumpy orange fellow with an upside down hat and holding his walking stick the wrong way too, oops. The only difference with this book is usually the characters name, which is also the name of the book, is presented in a straight line at the top above the character in bold black writing, well with topsy it's still the bold black writing but it curves down the side of the front page a bit as it doesn't all fit in one straight line.
Mr Topsy Tuvy was exactly that. He did things all wrong, back to front and upside down. He even read a book upside down and back to front, as well as having his curtains upside down in his house. Well one day Mr Topsy Turvy came to where you and I live, nobody knows how he got there but he was seen getting off a train - the wrong side of course! He went to a hotel to ask for a room and it's here we learn it's also his speech which is a bit topsy turvy to. People around him soon became too aware of his topsy turvy, back to front and upside down ways, so how did Mr Topsy Turvy cope in our town with his turvy topsy, oops I mean topsy turvy ways?
This is probably one of my least favourites out of the Mr Men series, I'm not really a fan of his character anyway, I mean being a bit confused isn't going to be a favourite for anyone really. There doesn't seem to be much of a 'story' going on really though it all seems to be more an explanation of his character and not much direction. The lack of direction is probably the main reason it has such a blunt, unexpected and strange ending to. It's not completely rubbish but it lacks character and meaning unlike the other books in the Mr Men series. I didn't enjoy the confused lifestyle of Mr Topsy Turvy, I may have been a bit more impressed if it was made amusing instead it came across quite a serious occurance throughout the book which to me was bland.
The 9th Mr Men book is possibly the funniest. Roger Hargreaves created the series of books in 1971, and most of the books have a moral to the story. This one is more of a fun look at a silly character, Mr Topsy-Turvy. The story made me laugh when I read it when I was a kid, and although it's kind of lost on my 4 year old son, he sees that there is something funny about it.
Mr Topsy-Turvy is exactly as his name suggests - nearly everything is backwards or the wrong way round. He is a plump, orange character with an upside down hat. He holds his cane the wrong way round, and his front door and chimney pot are upside down. The same is the case inside his house. One day, he goes into town, gets off the train on the wrong side and walks down the street making it dangerous for the drivers. He even puts socks on his feet. What effect will he have on the town?
This is a funny book. Some of the writing is backwards and mixed up as well to make it funnier, and this adds to the experience. The illustrations are on the right hand page with the writing on the left. The book retails at £2.50 and is available in most bookshops. I recommend this and all of the other Mr Men and Little Miss books.
The Mr Men and Little Miss collection is a really great collection of books for young children, they are all fun short stories, as they are so short you will be able to read one at bedtime in no time at all. I remember all the great times I had reading these books as a child and they were always my favourite bedtime stories.
Mr Topsy-Turvy is an orange Mr men, he has a really big nose and on the cover of the book he is wearing his hat upside down and holding his stick by the end of it.
The story starts off introducing us to Mr Topsy-Turvy, things in his house are always not normal but upside down, back to front or inside out, one day he decides to go to town and has a jolly hard time getting there as he seems to do everything in a way he is not meant to, this causes a lot of confusion for everyone and...
This is one of the funnier Mr Men stories, as he does so many weird things, your kids can't help laughing all the time! Like all the Mr Men books, it is full of colourful pictures and is written in a really easy way. This is the number nine in the Mr Men collection written by Roger Hargreaves.
In most shops that sell books you will be able to find this collection of books at a very reasonable price.
Thanks for reading! xx
Mr Topsy-Turvy is number 9 in the Mr Men series, which is a collection of 46 stories written first by Roger Hargreaves and then later by his son Adam.
The book is square in shape and white in colour. On the front is a picture of Mr Topsy-Turvy himself and above this picture is his name written in block, black capitals. As my Topsy-Turvy is topsy-turvy his name curves around the corner of the book. Mr Topsy-Turvy is an orange character oblong in shape with a round sticky out nose. He also wears a bowler hat upside down and carries a cane back to front.
On the back of the book you will find smaller pictures of all the characters within the series, each with their number and their name printed below them so that you can keep track of which ones you have read and which ones you have left to read.
On opening the book you notice that this story follows the same printed format as all the others. It has writing on the left hand side and colourful pictures on the right hand side. This format is great for young children, as it enables them to follow the story through the pictures.
The story itself begins by telling us that Mr Topsy-Turvy was a funny sort of fellow and that everything about him was either upside down, or inside out, or back to front. This story however is all about the time Mr Topsy-Turvy came to the town where you and I live. Nobody is quite sure how he arrived but he did arrive because someone saw him get out of the train on the wrong side.
Now Mr Topsy-Turvy caused all sorts of problems in the town because he speaks back to front and so confused everyone. He also walks back to front and insists on putting everything upside down. But why is this a big problem after all when he leaves everything will go back to normal. Won't it?
This is a great story for children because it is fun and entertaining and so introduces them to the world of reading as an exciting subject and something, which they want to continue. Furthermore because the book is one of a large series this also encourages children to continue on their reading journey and so broaden their reading ability hopefully to the point were they can read the stories to you rather than the other way round.
The story is relatively short and simple enough for children to understand and so is perfect for reading at bedtime or any other time when you have five or ten minutes to spare.
This book has an RRP of £1.99, which I think is very reasonable. However it can be purchased for less if you shop around a little bit.
Mr Topsy Turvy is a funny little character in the Mr Men collection. He is a round shape and orange in colour. He wears a light brown hat upside down and carries a walking stick the wrong way up. He is number 9 in the collection.
The cover of the book is white and has a picture of him and the title above in black lettering which curves round at the end of the page. The back cover of the book like all the other books has small pictures showing the characters available in the whole collection.
The book begins by telling us a little about Mr Topsy Turvy, we learn that he is a funny little man and everything about him is either upside down, inside out or back to front.
Next we are told about his house, the front door and the chimney pot is upside down and the curtains hang the wrong way up. The inside of the house just like the outside with the clock being back to front. Then we see Mr Topsy Turvey sitting down to read a book upside down and from the back to the front.
The story then moves on to tell us about when Mr Topsy Turvy takes a visit to town, he starts off on a bad note when he gets of the train on the wrong side and falls out onto the railway line. He finally manages to find a hotel to spend the night.
Will the next day be full of bad luck or will he be able to go about his trip in the right way?
My boys thought this book was very funny and loved hearing about all the silly thing he did.
The illustrations are nice and bright and help the boys stay involved with the book and not get tempted to wonder off.
The book is laid out in a very easy to follow way with the writing on the left hand side of the pages and the illustrations on the right hand side.
The story is very easy reading and easy to follow.
The only downside to his book and with all the others in this collection is the size of the writing, it is just slightly too small to make my eldest want to help me with the reading.
The book was written by Roger Hargreaves and published by Egmont UK Limited
There are 46 books in this collection in total.
The retail price for this is £1.99 but they are currently on offer in Morrisons and they are also available to buy cheaper in small bookshops.
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Book Series: Mr. Men Library