WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY? by Jeanie Franz Ransom

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY?

Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Humpty Dumpty’s hard-boiled brother tackles the mystery of his infamous fall. In a big gold trench coat and matching fedora, private eye Joe Dumpty makes a bold assertion—“Humpty Dumpty was pushed”—and sets out to crack the case, supported by police Chief (Mother) Goose. His droll investigation covers a rogue’s gallery of nursery-rhyme characters. Miss Muffet proves a tough cookie; Joe finds a key piece of evidence under her tuffet. Other suspects include Goldilocks (who’s house-sitting for the Three Bears and answers the door in pajamas and bedhead), a Zoot-suited Wolf, a skittish Chicken Little and the bickering Three Little Pigs. Ransom’s execution of her delicious premise is scattershot, but with many more hits than misses, and her text is substantial, appropriate for her target school-age audience. Axelsen’s watercolor-cum-pen-and-ink illustrations offer additional laughs and surprises. While done with a bit more polish and ’tude by Margie Palatini and Richard Egieski in 2001’s The Web Files, this nursery-rhyme caper will please. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-58089-109-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2008




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