Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty?: And Other Surprising Sequels to Mother Goose Rhymes

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What did ever happen to Humpty Dumpty after he fell off that wall? How did Peter the pumpkin eater's wife get back at him for putting her in a pumpkin shell? David T. Greenberg picks up where Mother Goose left off, adding his own deliciously wicked twists to 20 original familiar rhymes. Full color.

Humorous verses are added to traditional Mother Goose rhymes.

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Overview

What did ever happen to Humpty Dumpty after he fell off that wall? How did Peter the pumpkin eater's wife get back at him for putting her in a pumpkin shell? David T. Greenberg picks up where Mother Goose left off, adding his own deliciously wicked twists to 20 original familiar rhymes. Full color.

Humorous verses are added to traditional Mother Goose rhymes.

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Children's Literature - Jackie Hechtkopf
In this entertaining collection of poems inspired by Mother Goose rhymes, the Man in the Moon is responsible for Humpty Dumpty's fall. Poor Humpty Dumpty's yolk is poured into a blender to make an omelet for the king and queen. The lid is accidently left off the blender and the mess takes a whole year to clean. Greenberg's rhyming extension to Jack and Jill depicts the hapless pair ultimately flushed down the toilet and out to sea. Mary, of little lamb fame, also owns a kangaroo, an orangutan, an elephant, an aardvark, and a leech. They follow her to school and make a huge mess on the classroom floor. Fans of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes will be delighted with this equally clever and zany collection. The nursery rhymes are printed in italics at the top of each page followed by their surprising sequels. Schindler's colorful cartoon illustrations are so animated, they could jump off the page. Approximately 11 1/2 inches long and 6 inches wide, the book will also attract attention for its unusual design. Teachers will have fun using this one in poetry units.
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Gr 3-6-Outrageous gross-out sequels to 20 Mother Goose rhymes, destined to be a hit with fans of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's collaborations. Accompanied by Schindler's Goreyesque drawings (pen and ink with watercolor), these hilarious rhymes range from Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, who puts his unhappy wife in, among other things, a lentil and "almost drove her mental" to Jack and Jill, who accidentally flush themselves down the toilet and out to sea. Kids will roar. The overall effect is so funny that the few forced rhymes will be forgiven. The tall, oblong shape of the book contributes to its quirkiness.-Ann Cook, Winter Park Public Library, FL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Some silly variations on the fates of familiar nursery rhyme characters add cheap laughs to traditional Mother Goose tales. Greenberg proposes that after Humpty's great fall, he almost became a giant omelet, but was accidentally splattered on the kitchen wall instead. Mother Goose and her gander "both went/up to heaven/After colliding with a/747!" Peter Pumpkin Eater's wife gets her revenge by sticking her husband in a loaf of bread. Sending up Mother Goose can be rewarding, but it's never easy; the author, with little of the grace or beat of the originals, twists many tales with trendy, explicitly gross humor, e.g., Jack Spratt and his wife lick not only the platter clean, but a city bus, the dog's nose, and a garbage truck. The illustrations, despite their giddiness, have a decidedly old-fashioned feel, demonstrating Schindler's facility with nursery rhyme characterizations in finely inked cross-hatchings. (Picture book. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316327671
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2000

    Jackie, a college student

    I read this book for my children's literature class and I just loved it. The rewritten mother goose stories are just a riot. They are sure to be loved by children.

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