After the Fall

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Oh, those picture books with deep, moving stories.  The kind of book that teaches you a heartfelt lesson about life and how to overcome the obstacles and the disappointments.  You know, the ones that move you to tears and you have to get your tissue out and just blow a big honk?

Well, this isn't one of those books.  Yes, it's about a famous celebrity and character of great literature, aka Humpty Dumpty. He's right up there with Mr. Darcy and Ebenezer Scrooge and Black Beauty.  We all know their names.  The Dumpty, the Darcy... six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Okay. so we all remember Humpty has the Great Fall. You're with me so far, right?  And the King's Men do their thing.  We all know that they tried their best, but they couldn't put Humpty together again.   Right?

The big question is,  "What happened to Humpty Dumpty after the fall?"  What happened to the Dumpster?  The Dumporama, The DumpMeister, the Dumpologist, the Dumperella?  Mr. Dumpty to you....

Well, he was left in pieces and a lot of tape and eventually the eggshell healed but on the inside, the Humpologist was not his best.  He had a HUGE fear of the wall and of heights in general.  He couldn't let himself climb up to get the good cereal in the grocery store.  Nope, he was left with the bottom shelf of life.  Until, yes, until...that day came.... be still my heart...that day came when he saw a bird fly and he knew, he just knew that if he could make just the right paper airplane bird, he, too, could soar.

Oh the beauty of it all. Oh the drama. Oh the suspense. Will the Humpster  overcome his fears? Will he look once more to the highest of heights?

Folks..this is Caldecott Medal Winner, Dan Santat, we're talking about here.   You know, the Beekle guy?  The guy who draws a mean Ninja.   Would this guy write Jonathan Seagull?  I donnnn't think so.

Happily not.  His twisted mind must be constantly revising the world into his own even better version..one with plenty of hilarious moments and bowl after bowl of really great cereal.  Jokesters...this one's for you!

40 pages    978-1626726826    Ages 4-8  and their parents

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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"From the New York Times–bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

This masterful picture book will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up."--from the publisher

 

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