Pre-K Poirots eager to find out what happened to Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, and other nursery-rhyme victims can literally assemble the clues in this set of jigsaw puzzles.
Not that the investigations are particularly challenging. Opposite partial versions of six familiar rhymes, the climactic outcomes are hidden beneath 12-piece puzzles. Each of these pairs a leading question (“What did the pussycat do in London?”) and instructions to flip the inset pieces over. Actually, just removing the puzzle layer reveals all, since the final lines and their cartoon illustrations are reproduced below as well as on the back sides of the die-cut puzzle pieces. Most of the human figures (and Humpty Dumpty) are light-skinned, but in a nod to diversity, Jack and Jill are dark brown with textured hair. Though aside from the elopement of the Dish and the Spoon, the chosen rhymes describe assaults or potential life-and-death situations, the pictures are as bland as can be: Humpty just loses a few nonessential chips; Miss Muffet’s spider sports a wide smile and a jaunty red top hat; Jack wears an actual crown on his head, which looks a little odd considering his otherwise modern clothing but spares him physical injury. For the test-and-review minded, all the figures reassemble for a closing pool party.
Will the puzzle pieces last any longer than the thin plastic sleeves in which they’re packaged? It’s no mystery. (Nursery rhymes/novelty. 2-4)