September 8, 2009

What Really Happened to Humpty? (from the Files of a Hard-boiled Detective) by Jeanie Franz Ransom

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ransomWhat Really Happened to Humpty? (from the files of a Hard-Boiled Detective)  (AR 3 . 2)
by Jeanie Franz Ransom
illustrated by Stephen Axelsen

Sure, you’ve heard of Humpty Dumpty, but what about his brother, the private eye?  Joe Dumpty is as hard-boiled as they come, complete with a crew cut and a chiseled chin.    Fortunately, he’s here to tell the tale of what really happened the day that Humpty fell off the wall.  Accident?  Hardly! But you’ll have to read the book to get the inside scoop.

Younger kids will love the references to nursery rhymes ranging from Jack and Jill to Mother Goose as much as they will want to solve the case.  Older kids will be seeking out the puns, including many that are egg-related.   They may guess who the culprit is,  but the motive behind the crime is harder to come by.

Ransom does a great job of creating a book that will hold the interest of both the young book lover and the adult who has to read it a baker’s dozen times.  Common wisdom may be that older readers shun picture books, but my ten-year-old helped himself to the book and had to find me to let me know he had solved the case. 

Stephen Axelsen brings the gang to life through a combination of pen and ink (think black line) and watercolor.  The brightly colored illustrations add a level of detail to the story that will have reader and listener pouring over the pages, on the hunt for clues.

Why not see if you and a young book lover can crack the case before Joe does?  You’ll have an egg-selent time doing it.


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