Review of Humpty Dumpty

Taking her visual cue from Helen Oxenbury's sublime Clap Hands (1987) and its Big Board Books companions, Kubler sets the familiar nursery rhyme in a jolly day-care setting peopled with a multiethnic cast of toddlers (one even wears a colorful eyepatch, presumably for wandering eye). The action takes place within the context of pretend play, with a child and a toy Humpty on a "wall" of pillows; all the king's horses take the form of hobby horses, and the king himself and his "men" have clearly been raiding the dress-up chest. Together with Hop a Little, Jump a Little! (ISBN: 978-1-84643-341-2), Pat-a-Cake (ISBN: 978-1-84643-338-2) and Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat (ISBN: 978-1-84643-340-5), this is a splendid, slightly larger-than-usual contribution that is sure to see many repeated readings. Musical notations on the back encourage sung renditions for extra fun.

Kirkus. 7th October 2010

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