Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall
Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall
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Annotation: Harsh laws and the wall that keeps them in darkness make life dreary for the King's subjects, but Humpty Dumpty defies the King to look over the wall.
Catalog Number: #206238
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Christopher, Nathan,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-524-79302-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-524-79302-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019033263
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Dizzyingly detailed black-and-white illustrations draw readers into a dystopian take on an eggy tale. Hughes-s Humpty lives in a walled kingdom ruled by a profit-mad king: -All the king-s subjects/ lived life in dismay/ All day long busy,/ with no time to play.- Christopher-s simple rhyming text is dense with possibility-of walls as a symbol, of -self-serving- kings-but the plot is allusive and murky. Though Humpty scales the edifice and crashes, and the king rushes out photos trumpeting the wall-s victory, -On broken eggshells, pushed in a great pile.../ one piece was on top,// that piece had a smile.- Christopher-s inky drawings render fairy-land grotesques with needle-sharp lines and indicate that Humpty-s defiant act sparks ladder-building in a variety of places. Ages 10-up. (Jan.)

School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up We all know about his fall. But why was Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall? And how did he get up there? To answer these questions, Hughes creates an eerie political tale told in poetic lines. The humanized egg figure lived near a wall and "had no fun at all." In densely packed black-and-white drawings, Christopher provides dark, sometimes macabre, views of the crowd of familiar legendary figures and imaginative beings, some tiny and others gigantic, under the rule of the tyrannical king who "had forbidden his empire to dream," and kept everyone working. Tiny details line the street that's in the wall's shadow and the interior spaces where Humpty Dumpty works, lives, and makes plans for the future. Spiky, thorned vines twist around the formal frames of some pictures or text blocks. The busy bits fall away for a few pages as Humpty Dumpty climbs his ladder in the night to fulfill his ambition of looking over the wall. An enormous, mangy rooster greets the broken bits of ladder as morning breaks. While the king proclaims that the wall has won, the townsfolk find another sort of message in that pile of broken eggshells. The economical text and rich scenes are an evocative blend of humor and melancholy. VERDICT This is not a nursery rhyme and it will be confusing for most picture book readers. Offer this title to teachers who would like to incorporate visual literacy and discussion into reading classes.Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 3-6
Lexile: HL530L

"Wickedly, subversively brilliant." - Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"This book cracked me up and left a smile on my face (spoiler alert)" - Adam Rubin, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Dragons Love Tacos

Looks like the wall has finally met its match. This classic tale gets a modern twist with a Humpty Dumpty for a new generation.

"Humpty Dumpty lived near a wall..." begins this well-known fable. But this time Humpty is ready for battle, with a secret mission and a touch of mischief. Can all the King's horses and all the King's men help put Humpty together again? Or maybe the mission, no matter how small, is simply to question the point of a wall.

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