The Case of the Fiendish Flapjack Flop (Humpty Dumpty, Jr., Hard Boiled Detective)


Humpty Dumpty Jr. has always gotten the bad guy. Always. Except once, when the case got too personal. You know that case. The one about his Dad...

And now, a frantic call for help tells him that someone is making it personal again. "Johnny" Cakes, a two-bit pancake punk, has escaped from jail. And Patty, of the famous (and delicious) Pat-A-Cake Bakery, has disappeared. Could "Johnny" Cakes be behind it? Whoever kidnapped Patty better watch out;...

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Humpty Dumpty Jr. has always gotten the bad guy. Always. Except once, when the case got too personal. You know that case. The one about his Dad...

And now, a frantic call for help tells him that someone is making it personal again. "Johnny" Cakes, a two-bit pancake punk, has escaped from jail. And Patty, of the famous (and delicious) Pat-A-Cake Bakery, has disappeared. Could "Johnny" Cakes be behind it? Whoever kidnapped Patty better watch out; Humpty is no soft-cooked Egg. He is 100% Hardboiled.

From the (fairly) scrambled minds of three acclaimed children's writers and illustrators comes a hilarious new detective who always cracks the case. Set on the grimy streets of New Yolk City, where the Queen of Hearts lives in Queens (where else?), the adventures of Humpty Dumpty Jr. are sure to delight early and chapter-book readers alike. This is the start of a very funny, totally action-packed new series no one will want to miss!

"Once Upon a Crime:
There was a detective. Me.

Humpty Dumpty Jr., Hardboiled Detective. I'm a good egg who always cracks the case. One morning, sitting at my desk, I watched the sun rise out my grimy window. Dawn light played peek-a-boo through the tall skyscrapers of the gritty city.

My city.
New Yolk City."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dumpty narrates the story in a tough-guy staccato prose that will delight readers new to the genre, but underneath his hard shell lies the reluctantly warm heart that makes such detectives good guys in the end. " - Booklist
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

A pun-filled mystery that places nursery-rhyme characters, both familiar and lesser known, into a modern New York City setting. Humpty Dumpty, Jr., is called on to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Patty Cake from her bakery. The story bounces a bit in the beginning and clues feel kind of random. Also, characters are given topical treatment; they lack the depth of those in better-developed chapter books. The story becomes more engaging and fluid toward the end. A showdown in an amusement park with Humpty Dumpty, Jr., Gangster "Johnny" Cakes, and a three-headed cake dragon will hold readers' attention. Illustrations on almost every spread give the story a comic-book feel that should appeal to reluctant readers. Closer to Kirk Scroggs's "Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features" series (Little, Brown) than Michael Buckley's "Sisters Grimm" books (Abrams), this is an additional purchase.-Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA

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Meet the Author

Nate Evans has illustrated over 35 books, and written a few more, including several picture books co-authored with Laura Numeroff. The latest of these is the New York Times bestseller "The Jellybeans and the Big Dance," illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. Nate currently lives in Georgia with his wonderful wife and three goofy dogs.

Paul Hindman lives in Boulder, Colorado. He has been scribbling stories ever since he learned how to write in 2nd grade. His words have been published by Random House (Dragon Bones), aired on PBS (Zoobilee Zoo), and distributed by Warner Brothers (Rainbow Brite and the Star-Stealer).

Vince Evans started his artistic training by copying his big brother Nate's drawings. Vince has worked for numerous comic and book companies and has won the Spectrum Silver Award for excellence in comic art. This book marks the first professional collaboration with his brother. Vince lives with his beautiful wife Laurie and their two dogs on the east coast.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Call to Action
Chapter 2: Assault and Batter-y
Chapter 3: Catching a Rat
Chapter 4: The Knave of Hearts
Chapter 5: Rat's Clue
Chapter 6: Panic at Precinct 54
Chapter 7: Crusty Crinkles
Chapter 8: The Baker and the Bodyguard
Chapter 9: The 297-Floor Drop
Chapter 10: An Old Clue
Chapter 11: Pancake Batty
Chapter 12: The Pancake Crumbles
Chapter 13: The Egg Unscrambled

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    A delightful read! Very funny, clever, and absorbing!

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for

    In New Yolk City, there lives a Hardboiled Detective who is the toughest egg around. Humpty Dumpty, Jr., has cracked every case that's come across his desk--except one, the one that made him become a detective. Putting that aside, he's won tons of awards for solving crimes, all the while putting himself at odds with the local police precinct.

    One day, while reading the headlines in the paper, Humpty answers the phone, only to hear a scream before the line goes dead. He traces the call to the Pat-A-Cake Bakery, and rushes over there to check on his friend, Patty. He finds the lock to the door missing, just vanished, and baking supplies, ingredients, and recipe cards for Patty's magical cakes and pastries scattered all over the place.

    While investigating, Humpty finds a piece of evidence--a playing card featuring the Jack of Hearts--on the ground. When he hears a noise from the storeroom and goes to investigate, an attacker leaps from the shadows, and Humpty is suddenly locked in a battle against someone who could possibly be Patty's kidnapper. Armed only with his magic egg-beater wand and his wits, Humpty wastes no time in finding out all he can to save Patty and crack this case.

    His search will take him from Queens (to question the Knave of Hearts), to the sewers, to a highly charged final battle with an old foe on the outskirts of town.

    The first book in a hilarious new series, created by three veteran authors and illustrators of children's books, this is one egg-citing set of books that will surely keep any younger or reluctant reader glued to the page to laugh as long as possible.

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