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Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Meet the Topsy-Turvies family - they do everything back to front! They get up at midnight, wear their pyjamas outdoors and eat breakfast at the end of the day. So when a burglar comes to visit, he is in for a shock.

When the Topsy-Turvies babysit for their neighbor, their ...

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The Topsy-Turvies

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Overview

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Meet the Topsy-Turvies family - they do everything back to front! They get up at midnight, wear their pyjamas outdoors and eat breakfast at the end of the day. So when a burglar comes to visit, he is in for a shock.

When the Topsy-Turvies babysit for their neighbor, their unconventional ways turn her house upside-down and startle an uninvited guest.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
James Marshall's Stupids and Dav Pilkey's Dumb Bunnies might feel right at home in the Topsy-Turvies' suburban household. The Topsy-Turvies, we learn, "always got up at midnight. They put on their pajamas, then went upstairs and had dinner." They carefully observe their manners, as when Mrs. Topsy-Turvy reminds her son to stop eating with his fork ("You know that's for combing your hair. Please use your fingers and toes"). When an unsuspecting neighbor asks the Topsy-Turvies to baby-sit her daughter, the family cheerfully encourages the girl to draw on the wallpaper and eat a five p.m. "breakfast" under the table. But after Simon (But What Does the Hippopotamus Say?) finishes her introductions, she runs out of ideas. She resorts to a time-tested plot device, a burglar, who crawls through a window, provides an excuse for the damage to the neighbor's house, then flees the absurdity. Ludlow (Big Pig's Hat) applies her gouaches thickly and plays with color value and intensity for a heightened sense of strangeness. Mrs. Topsy-Turvy's quilted pink bathrobe sets off her orange-red hair, the blue-gray sky and the houses' light yellow highlightsnot to mention Mr. T-T's striped pajamas. But the art, too, loses its edge when the cliched burglar arrives wearing prison stripes, a bandit mask and a five o'clock shadow. The Topsy-Turvies' weird world winds up looking typical after all. Ages 4-8. (June)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2A silly story of a family in which all the rules are reversed. The Topsy-Turvies rise and shine from their beds in the kitchen at midnight and eat dinner in the bedroom. They wear their coats inside the house and their pajamas to go outdoors. When a neighbor asks the family to baby-sit, the Topsy-Turvies are kind enough to re-arrange her house, turning the furniture upside down and coloring on the walls. Their wacky behavior eventually scares off a burglar so Mrs. Plum is grateful to find her house a mess. As they head home for bed, the Topsy-Turvies conclude that "it takes all sorts to make a world." Ludlow's gouache paintings, reminiscent of Lois Lenski's "Mr. Small" books (Random), add a nice touch of whimsy to the story. The illustrations also play a major role in the storytelling, conveying the humorous reversals to youngsters who might not understand the verbal puns. This is a delightful story for those who love the ridiculous situations in Judi and Ron Barrett's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Atheneum, 1978), but who may not be cognitively ready for the more sophisticated wordplay of Peggy Parrish's "Amelia Bedelia" or Harry Allard's "The Stupids."Barbara Kiefer, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The Topsy-Turvies are an unconventional lot, to say the least. "Vern, stop eating with your fork," said Mrs. Topsy-Turvy. "You know that's for combing your hair." They rise at midnight, don their pajamas, then enjoy their day—make that night—doing things upside down, in reverse, and backwards. When a neighbor knocks on their door one afternoon ("Who could that be at this time of day?" yawns Mrs. Topsy-Turvy) requesting some baby-sitting help, they sleepily oblige. In a neighborly gesture, they put the house in their version of apple-pie order, give their charge a dose of spontaneity, and foil a burglary attempt (the burglar takes the fall for the housekeeping chaos). Simon's delightful story is told with sophisticated, genuine humor, a superb mix of good intentions and sheer outrageousness that ought to be patented as an antidote to the straight and narrow. Ludlow's candy-colored paintings add their own measure of zest to the tale, further proving that the world is a better place for having the Topsy-Turvies in it. As Mrs. Topsy-Turvy says when confronted with orthodoxy, "It takes all sorts to make a world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444006988
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/30/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Francesca Simon
Francesca Simon spent her childhood in California, and then went to Yale and Oxford Universities to study medieval history and literature. She now lives in London with her family.

Visit Francesca's website at www.francescasimon.com

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