March 23, 2018

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

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After the Fall:
How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again
by Dan Santat
Roaring Brook Press

Before he fell off the wall, Humpty Dumpty loved sitting up there among the birds.  But after the fall?  He just didn’t have the nerve.  He had to satisfy himself with bird watching.  Then one day he sees a paper airplane sail past.  Maybe that’s how he can reunite with the birds.

So he spends countless hours and numerous failed attempts to create a paper airplane that flies like a bird.  Unfortunately, on its maiden outdoor flight, it ends up on top of that wall.  Humpty Dumpty is tempted to leave it up there but he spent so long working on it.  He just has to try to get it back.  And as he climbs up the ladder, something happens.  [This is a huge plot spoiler so the last sentence of this paragraph will be below my signature.]

This is one of those amazing picture books that turns into much more than you expected.  I loved fractured fairy tales and fairy tale retellings and Dan Santat?  He creates such a rich variety of books for young readers.  I love that he is both author and illustrator because it allowed the final revelation to come about through the illustrations alone.

This is a more than a Humpty Dumpty story.  It is a story about healing and growing and reaching new heights.  It is a story about fear and dreams and achieving amazing things.

I don’t know what media Santat used to create his  illustrations but I love how expressive Humpty Dumpty is.  PIck up a copy of this to share with your young reader for Easter or for quiet reading time.  This one is a must but expect to spend some time studying just the illustrations for the subtle details they add to the story.

–SueBE

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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.

–SueBE

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