After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

By: Dan Santat

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

ISBN: 9781626726826

JLG Release: Dec 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Characters in literature , Determination (personality trait) , Fear

$15.80  Member Price

Out of stock

Add to Wishlist

Like this book? Get more like it every month.

Character Building Elementary

Grades 2-6

12 titles/year

$195.60/year

Awards & Honors

Capitol Choices 2018, Birth to Age Seven
Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
Horn Book Fanfare List 2017, Picture Books
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
The New York TimesNotable Children’s Books of 2017, Picture Books
2017 Goodreads Choice Awards, Picture Books
Brightly Best Children’s Books of 2017, According to Kids
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Children’s Books
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Humpty Dumpty, a spindly-limbed pale egg, copes with anxiety after his “Great Fall.” Though his shell has mostly healed, a newfound fear of heights prevents him from enjoying his birdwatching, and even from choosing the delicious cereal on the top shelf at the store. But he still yearns for the skies, and San
[STARRED REVIEW]
Humpty Dumpty, a spindly-limbed pale egg, copes with anxiety after his “Great Fall.” Though his shell has mostly healed, a newfound fear of heights prevents him from enjoying his birdwatching, and even from choosing the delicious cereal on the top shelf at the store. But he still yearns for the skies, and Santat employs a variety of striking perspectives to help readers appreciate the enormity of Humpty’s isolation and distance from his goal. Determined not to give up his favorite hobby, Humpty builds a model plane—Santat milks the humor of the frustrated, fastidious egg during a design sequence—that soars across the sky. When another, lesser accident occurs, Humpty must conquer his nerves or give up on flying. Santat’s straightforward language throughout acknowledges the gravity of Humpty’s fears without edging into melodrama; the short, declarative sentences that mark his anxious climb back onto the wall are rousing in their simplicity. (The backlit egg’s triumphant posture doubles down on the text.) Many readers might have considered the ascent an adequate end, but Santat indulges in one more high note when the reformed shell cracks anew and releases an exultant bird. VERDICT Santat’s precise illustrations and sensitive text combine for more emotional depth than the typical nursery rhyme remix. A terrific redemptive read-aloud for storytime and classroom sharing.—Robbin E. Friedman, Chappaqua Library, NY

Horn Book

If The Adventures of Beekle is a study of friendship and Are We There Yet? (rev. 3/16) an appeal for mindfulness, then Santat is now set on tackling fear—with Humpty Dumpty as his hapless protagonist. The familiar nursery rhyme (the wall, the fall, the put back together again) is summarized in a matter-of-fact first-person retel If The Adventures of Beekle is a study of friendship and Are We There Yet? (rev. 3/16) an appeal for mindfulness, then Santat is now set on tackling fear—with Humpty Dumpty as his hapless protagonist. The familiar nursery rhyme (the wall, the fall, the put back together again) is summarized in a matter-of-fact first-person retelling on the opening endpapers and first few pages of the book. From there the story evolves into something new, for although all the king’s men were able to put Humpty back together, “there were some parts that couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” Humpty is now afraid of heights, and that’s a problem, since the wall was his favorite bird-watching spot. Settling for a “close enough” experience, the cautious Humpty decides to reconnect with his avian interests by launching a boldly beautiful paper-airplane bird, from the ground. But “accidents happen . . . they always do,” and the airplane gets stuck . . . on top of the wall. Terrified but determined, Humpty climbs the wall; and over the course of several thrilling page-turns reveals his true, triumphant self. Santat’s luminous illustrations bathe the urban cityscape and the ever-present steel patchwork wall in warm atmospheric light whose shifting intensity abets the drama, often dramatically blurring and overexposing large areas of the page. Bold horizontal, vertical, and diagonal compositions dominate most spreads, reinforcing the wall’s extraordinary height and, therefore, the challenge that Humpty must scale. patrick gall

Book Details

ISBN

9781626726826

First Release

December 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.6; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.2; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level AD550L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Characters in literature, Determination (personality trait), Fear,

Standard MARC Record

Download Standard MARC Record

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Recommended Titles From Character Building Elementary

Someone New

by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Character Building Elementary

$15.80

Geraldine

by Elizabeth Lilly

Character Building Elementary

$15.80
Out of stock

Character Building Elementary

$15.80

The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes

by Ying Chang Compestine

Character Building Elementary

$15.80
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.