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Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?: And Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries Hardcover – September 25, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375841954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375841958
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little wisp of a toad named Binky has seen it all, or so he thinks. The black-suited detective (Pinecone Division) gets called to finger the perp in a series of cases, from the blonde porridge-eater troubling the Bear family and the kids who took down the candy house deep in the woods to the piggie who lost his temper with Humpty and an apple-poisoning, mirror-obsessed judge of a beauty pageant. Kids will certainly be familiar with all these stories, and Levinthal supplies just enough of a twist with each one to make them fresh again without necessarily reinventing any of them. What’ll really stop kids in their tracks, though, is Nickle’s acrylic artwork. His sophisticated touch is as equally suited to the dramatic, black-and-white re-creations of the crimes as it is to the cheeky scenes of Binky gumshoeing about with various woodland creatures. Hook this one up with Margie Palatini’s The Web Files (2001) and Jeanie Franz Ransom’s What Really Happened to Humpty? (2009) for a soft-boiled shamus storytime. Grades K-3. --Ian Chipman

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The New York Times, August 23, 2012:
"That’s the way the nursery rhyme crumbles in these humorous retellings, cast in the world of hard-boiled crime and private detectives."

The Huffington Post, August 6, 2012:
"The first children's book from the wildly creative Levinthal and I hope it won't be the last."

Booklist, September 15, 2012:
"Kids will certainly be familiar with all these stories, and Levinthal supplies just enough of a twist with each one to make them fresh again without necessarily reinventing any of them. What’ll really stop kids in their tracks, though, is Nickle’s acrylic artwork. His sophisticated touch is as equally suited to the dramatic, black-andwhite re-creations of the crimes as it is to the cheeky scenes of Binky gumshoeing about with various woodland creatures."

School Library Journal, September 2012:
"The tongue-in-cheek telling of tales will tickle the fancies of children familiar with the originals."

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Funny, dry humor and excellent illustrations.
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This is one of those children's books that can be enjoyed by an adult.
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I read this book to my seven year old grandson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Business Education Teacher on October 19, 2012
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I read this book to my seven year old grandson. We both laughed at the humorous side of the stories; and we discussed the right and wrong aspects of some of the old fairy tales. I would recommend this book to all who want to get across some educational value and yet enjoy the book, too. Good book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on October 7, 2012
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Oh my gosh, what a great book. Unless your children know the stories of Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel and Humpty Dumpty, plus a couple more, this book will be lost on them. For the adults, this book is priceless.

No longer is Goldilocks a poor innocent victim, she is being hunted down by Mr. Binky an Officer in Pinecone Forest and he going to track down this wanted criminal.

On to his next case, where we have to keep in mind that just because a woman is a witch does not necessary mean that she is a bad person, that is unless she lives in a house of candy - ok maybe she was but Officer Binky has discovered that Hansel and Gretel acted in self defense.

David Levinthal and John Nickle have splendid fractured old nursery rhymes. Reinventing characters with devilishly funny outcomes made this book one that I have reread a couple of times.

Imagine Harry Wolf was not someone that cried for help unless he really needed it or that Humpty was a good egg and played in a band called All the Kings Horses and All the King's Men.

Called out to investigate, Officer Binky must now decide if Humpty was pushed or was it an accidental fall, there is little to go on since there was hardly any yolk at the scene. OK, that part made me laugh.

The book continues in this manner with Snow White and Jack in the Beanstalk. You will laugh you way through this book. I suggest that before you begin reading to your child, read though this on your own a couple of times so you can get all the giggling out and are ready to explain to your young ones what is so funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SuSuz on November 3, 2013
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Mystery noir for nursery rhymes .... this title needs to have an audio narration made with a Humphrey Bogart or Robert Mitchum sound-alike. An absolute delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2013
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I just like the idea of seeing the nursery rhymes or fairy tales or kids stories told from a different perspective. These stories are great for adults to read and get some laughs. Let me know if you have any other books like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on November 12, 2012
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This book has gotten a lot of face time from my family of boys -- it ends up each case file with the fairy-tale perp in handcuffs and the case is closed. Funny, dry humor and excellent illustrations. Very, very funny.

Even moms and dads will get a kick out of this book. Great as a present for your favorite nephew or niece.
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By Carolk on March 16, 2014
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I sent this book to my grandson in japan. I can imagine he and his mother and dad are rolling with laughs when sharing this book Five stars Wish gma Carol could read it to him in person
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By Stampinmom on March 4, 2014
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The 2nd grade children that I read this to greatly enjoyed this new take on many old nursery stories!!!! They liked the idea of solving the mysteries of each tale!
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By kdgn on December 7, 2013
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This is a darling book that is full of voice by the main character. The children love the connections to all of their favorite stories! A great read-aloud!
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