What REALLY Happened to Humpty? by Jeanie Franz Ransom
(from the files of a hard-boiled detective)

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A scrambled mess . . .

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Or--as his brother Detective Joe Dumpty thinks--was he pushed? This case isn't all it's cracked up to be. Suspects are plenty (as are the puns) in this scrambled story of nursery rhyme noir. Was it Little Miss Muffet? There's something not right about her tuffet. Or could it have been Chicken Little, who's always been a little cagey? Or was it the Big Bad Wolf, who's got a rap sheet as long as a moonless night? Joe's on the beat and determined to find the truth.

Readers of all ages will delight in the word play and hilarious illustrations in this mystery of what really happened to Humpty Dumpty on that fateful day.
 

About Jeanie Franz Ransom

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Jeanie Franz Ransom has written several books for children, including What Parents Do When You're Not Home (Peachtree), Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales (Magination Press), and Grandma U (Peachtree). Jeanie sold her first story when she was seventeen to -- where else? -- Seventeen magazine. Since then, she's been an advertising copywriter, an editor and writer at a bed-and-breakfast travel magazine, and a freelance writer for numerous regional and national magazines. Along the way, she earned a master's degree in counseling and worked as an elementary school counselor.When Jeanie isn't writing, visiting schools, or speaking at conferences, she's working with kids at her part-time counseling job, or making lattes at the local Starbucks. Jeanie lives with her family near St. Louis, Missouri.Stephen Axelsen has illustrated numerous children's books in his native Australia, including The Piccolo and Annabelle (Oxford University Press) series, which he also wrote. He lives on the east coast of Australia.
 
Published February 1, 2009 by Charlesbridge. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this rollicking flight of fancy, a boy and his sister are spending the night at their grandparent’s house.

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Other suspects include Goldilocks (who’s house-sitting for the Three Bears and answers the door in pajamas and bedhead), a Zoot-suited Wolf, a skittish Chicken Little and the bickering Three Little Pigs.

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Detective Joe Dumpty unravels the real reason his brother, Humpty, took a spill, interviewing characters that hail from the pages of Mother Goose (she puts in an appearance, too).

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