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The Mr Men and Little Miss classic library's have been popular for many years and introduced us to some of the characters that we have come to love so dearly. As a young child the Mr Men and Little Miss stories played a big part in my reading and to be completely honest you wouldn't be wrong if you had said I was obsessed with anything remotely Mr Men like. I had everything from the bedding and curtains to the wall clock and figurines, as well as the usual soft toys and of course the books. As you can imagine therefore when in 1998 Roger Hargreaves' son Adam Hargreaves released a new story library that told new stories about existing characters I was more than eager to collect the books.
When the books where first released the Mr Men ones had a blue spine with a blue stripe going down the right hand side of the back of the book and down the left hand side of the books front. The Little Miss Stories then had the same but in pink making it easy to distinguish between the two. It is these libraries of the books that I have but when I have seen them being sold recently I have seen that both Mr Men and Little Miss ones have a blue stripe - don't ask me why.
Both the new Mr Men library collection and the new Little Miss collection have twelve books. The book I am going to review today is number 9 in the Mr Men collection and is called 'Mr Topsy-Turvy the wrong way round'. The front cover of the book has a picture of Mr Topsy-Turvy standing next to a sign that says "SALE FOR HOUSE". Above this picture is the books title as well as the logo for the new story library. The book cover also displays Roger Hargreaves' name in a small blue box although it is his son Adam who has written the story. This fact is acknowledged inside the books cover.
If you turn the book over you will find smaller pictures of all the other books in both the Mr Men new library and the Little Miss new library. This is a great feature as it makes it really easy to keep track of which stories you have left to buy and read. As well as this the back cover also shows you what all of the books look like when they are put together (a picture appears amongst the spines).
So now you know what the book looks like it's time to find out what it's all about. The book tells the story of a day in the life of Mr Topsy-Turvy who if he can do something the wrong way round will. The day in question is the day Mr Topsy-Turvy decides that he wants to buy a new house. After getting up and going upstairs for breakfast, Mr Topsy-Turvy takes the bus into town to see Mr Holmes at the estate agency.
Mr Holmes knows Mr Topsy-Turvy well and takes him around the town to show him all the different types of houses that are available for him to buy. Which house will Mr Topsy-Turvy choose and will it be Topsy-Turvy enough?
The book itself is printed in the well known and loved format of writing on the right hand side and wonderfully vibrant cartoon style pictures on the left. The pictures are a visual stimulant for small children and help to lift the words off the page and into the imagination of the child. The font size is also relatively good for such a book because although it isn't extremely large it is big enough for children to be able to follow and adults with visual problems to be able to read without too much difficulty.
The story itself is simply another one that is a delight to read. The character of Mr Topsy-Turvy is an exceptionally loveable one despite his problems and is one that many people often remember. This vibrant nature of his character makes the story itself a very cheerful and enjoyable one that both parent and child can enjoy together.
The book's RRP is £2.99 but it is often found in supermarkets or discount bookshops at a much lower price. Purchasing online can also help to reduce the price of this fabulous addition to the collection.