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    Sometimes its easy to forget in the midst of all those picture books about farting dogs, night kitchens, and giant dance parties that initially literature for children had a primary purpose To instruct Specifically, to instill in young people a clear cut sense of right and wrong Learning to read was all well and good, but what s the point if you can t impart some wisdom of the elders along the way And before you start feeling so superior in your 21st century fancypants, I would remind you th Sometimes its easy to forget in the midst of all those picture books about farting dogs, night kitchens, and giant dance parties that initially literature for children had a primary purpose To instruct Specifically, to instill in young people a clear cut sense of right and wrong Learning to read was all well and good, but what s the point if you can t impart some wisdom of the elders along the way And before you start feeling so superior in your 21st century fancypants, I would remind you that picture books do it to varying degrees of success to this very day I ll put it another way When a celebrity wants to write a picture book what do they do every single time That s right, they moralize They moralize the crap out of their books until the parent forced to read that dreck feels as though someone has clubbed them over the head with a 40 pound hammer Even the best picture book authors and illustrators have their off books too They might be brilliant but occasionally the point of the book feels downright clunky Now I love me my Dan Santat, but the man is human Some of his books I ve felt were the bee s knees and others struck me as in need ofwork After the Fall could have gone either way with me, particularly as it has a very key message at its core That s the thing about morals, though When the right author illustrator finds the right story at the right time, the final products don t just fly They soar.Nobody enjoys falling off a wall Entirely aside from the physical trauma, there are deep psychological scars that take much longer to heal Humpty Dumpty is a plainspoken fellow As it puts it, falling off the wall was an accident, But it changed my life No longer able to deal with heights, the things he used to enjoy like bird watching are difficult in the face of his fears One day, a paper airplane gives him an idea on how to get a new lease on life But, as Humpty puts it, accidents happen And sometimes the worst accident can lead to the spit, fire, and raw determination you need to get back in the game.And now a bit of a confession This entire review is predicated on a lie Wellnot the whole review But if you know my reviews then you know that a lot of the time I begin them with protestations I don t like dog books but, I have a low cute threshold, but, and most egregiously , I don t much care for didactic picture books, butUnder normal circumstances that last caveat would have been practically the first sentence in this review Either that or I would have begun by explaining how I came to discover this book in the first place That I didn t go either of those routes can mean only one thing I have inside information about this book So, to lay it on the line, I saw Dan Santat present this book at a library conference this past summer Now lest you think I get overly gaga in the presence of authors and artists, a lot of my library conferences consist of listening to creative folks speak at lunches, dinners, panels, interviews, etc Dan s no different, but when he told the story about the story behind this book I suddenly found myself seeing it in an entirely new light You see, someone very close to Dan has suffered from anxiety for a very long time This book is dedicated to that person because of the struggle Dan has seen firsthand Look at the book that way and things begin to click in place.Many s the time I ve seen adults tackle adult themes in a picture book format and bog down as a result When it works, it works brilliantly Other times it feels like grown up issues dumbed down or watered down so that they ll be kid friendly These books have very little to say to actual children and a lot to their fellow adults Just because Dan wrote a book with adult anxiety in mind, that wouldn t necessarily mean that kids would care two bits about it Fortunately, anxiety is a condition that translates well to a younger literary form Kids are anxious creatures Recently my daughter was simultaneously anxious that she d burn her corneas out looking at the sun during an eclipse and worried that she d miss it entirely The fact that Santat chose the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme as a starting point is inspired Pages like the one where Humpty says that after his accident, There were some parts that couldn t be healed with bandages and glue can be understood by children and adults alike, without sacrificing any of that essential child friendliness that will keep the book accessible On top of that, Dan works in that age old dictum to face and overcome your fears without bludgeoning you with it And though as a parent I should have seen the end coming, it turned out to be a delightful surprise for everyone in my family.The writing Let s talk about the writing I ve written a picture book or two before because of that experience I can now tell that the best ones out there keep the ideas short, succinct, and to the point clearly not my own personal strength You can fill your pages with extra literary doodads and folderols but just know that at the end of the day a true picture book doesn t need excess Reading this book I could almost imagine Mr Santat with a paring knife in one hand, ready to cut out any fat or needless jibber jabbering that snuck into his manuscript This isn t to say that there aren t pages that contain up to seven sentences, but they lay the groundwork For the most part Santat limits himself to the right words at the right time If you think there s a lot of white space in this book you aren t wrong Just don t go thinking that the author sacrificed anything essential when he made these cuts With brevity he slices right to the heart of what he s trying to convey to kids and they get it, man They get it.Santat won a Caldecott for the picture book Beekle not too long ago A perfectly fine book with an art style similar to that found in After the Fall Personally I liked Beekle but was never quite as enthralled with it as some folks I happen to consider this latest book Santat s best work visually When critiquing a picture book for its art, you go about it two ways First you consider the images in the book individually and then you consider how well they work together as a whole I can t do that with you here Not thoroughly Instead, let s just take a single example of a moment in the book In this story Humpty has at last constructed the perfect bird shaped paper airplane as a kind of avatar, going where he cannot Now consider the three page turns that go from a two page close up on Humpty s horrified visage as he watches his beloved paper bird soar to the precise location he s been trying to avoid A turn of the page and we get this rather remarkable shot of Humpty s head sticking out in the middle of the left hand page while the wall, ladder, and bird are equally sideways, born out of the right hand side of the right page Another page turn and the angle has shifted yet again We re at the top of the ladder on the wall looking down at a thoroughly pissed off Humpty Look at where the white pace moves in these three sequences Upper half of the page left hand side lower half where the wall is This is just one example but as I read the book through a couple times I noticed these very thoughtful choices on the part of the artist Things like the fact that it isn t until Humpty makes his airplane that we get close to him Before that moment we see him pretty much at a distance And there are other artistic choices hidden, like the fact that when Humpty experiences his final transforation we never see his face, or the casual inclusion of street and business signs in the town that are in languages other than English But you sort of have to take the book as a whole.If someone asked me to do an elevator pitch for this book in one sentence I guess I d be forced to say something about how it encourages readers to get up again after they fail or get hurt or have some sort of challenge in their life that they need to overcome That sort of makes the book sound overly simplified, though I think what Santat s managed here is something very deft and fleet of foot This could be an inspirational picture book that people hand to graduates or adults that have suffered some kind of a trauma, no question But its primary purpose is to speak to children, even if those kids can t entirely understand what it is that it s trying to say There s no getting around its message The question you have to ask yourself then is, would you want to For ages 4 and up


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    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads award nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may or may not affect my overall rating This is book 15 of 2017.Tara 4.5 stars I loved it Vert pretty, too.Harry 12 2.5 stars I like how he transformed himself into a bird, but the story wasn t the best we read.Hank 11 3.7 stars I like how he faced his fears and jumped with the birds.Lyra 10 4 stars Beautiful Each year my family reads all the Goodreads award nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may or may not affect my overall rating This is book 15 of 2017.Tara 4.5 stars I loved it Vert pretty, too.Harry 12 2.5 stars I like how he transformed himself into a bird, but the story wasn t the best we read.Hank 11 3.7 stars I like how he faced his fears and jumped with the birds.Lyra 10 4 stars Beautiful pictures Humpty Dumpty is best known for falling he should be known for getting up.Dave 4 stars What Lyra said Love This book is Humpty Dumpty, post fall Courage in the face of failure Santat does a really good job with the digital art I especially like the color I had three stars for myself until just now but read this GREAT review by Betsy and was almost completely won over by it, and by particularly this Someone very close to Dan has suffered from anxiety for a very long time This book is dedicated to that person because of the struggle Dan has seen firsthand Look at the book that way and things begin to click in place It is a book about anxiety, for kids and all ages.Here s Betsy s whole review


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    Beautiful and brilliant.


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    Inspiring This book lifted my heart up What happens after Humpty Dumpty fell off that wall Well he was put back together and he became afraid When he was on the wall, he was in the light Now he lived in the shadows of the wall He missed the light and the birds Eventually, he builds a paper airplane and flies it It lands on top of the wall in the light So goes after it and transforms like a caterpillar into a bird free to fly He can once again be free in the world of light This book is Inspiring This book lifted my heart up What happens after Humpty Dumpty fell off that wall Well he was put back together and he became afraid When he was on the wall, he was in the light Now he lived in the shadows of the wall He missed the light and the birds Eventually, he builds a paper airplane and flies it It lands on top of the wall in the light So goes after it and transforms like a caterpillar into a bird free to fly He can once again be free in the world of light This book is amazing I LOVE the artwork The isle with the cereal boxes was astounding So much put into so little You really must read this if you enjoy children s books This is an astounding read I must check outfrom the author.I have a nephew who loves Humpty Dumpty This book was a big hit in my house I had to read it twice


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    I can honestly say I loved everything about this book The artwork, the story, that cereal box aisle I just loved it all


  6. says:

    Very short story telling how after Humpty had a fall he was scared of high places He conquered his fear by climbing to the top of the wall again I didn t like the art work much and I felt the story didn t have muchthan a you can do it message Personally I felt it wasn t a good wall to climb in the first place.


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    Considering that I have thus far not really been all that enamoured of Dan Santat as an illustrator and actually have found even his Caldecott Hounour winning The Adventures of Beekle quite visually taxing and frustrating , I was indeedthan a bit leery with regard to After the Fall and that amongst my Goodreads friends, the star rankings have vacillated between one star and five stars has also made me a trifle suspicious However, as I had After the Fall downloaded on my Ipad and was no Considering that I have thus far not really been all that enamoured of Dan Santat as an illustrator and actually have found even his Caldecott Hounour winning The Adventures of Beekle quite visually taxing and frustrating , I was indeedthan a bit leery with regard to After the Fall and that amongst my Goodreads friends, the star rankings have vacillated between one star and five stars has also made me a trifle suspicious However, as I had After the Fall downloaded on my Ipad and was not in the mood last night to continue reading the Thomas Mann novel I had started on Monday, I decided to try After the Fall and see what my own, what my personal reaction would be And while I have once again not found Dan Santat s illustrations all that much to my aesthetic tastes, both images and accompanying narrative have I gess to a point been entertaining and diverting enough for a quick five minute prerusal However and truth be told, the rather thickly and preachily presented messages of getting up again after adversity, of overcoming fears and spreading one s proverbial wings to fly and soar once again are far too unsubtle and overtly plastered for me to truly enjoy After the Fall without major reservations and yes indeed, even if I had had After the Fall read to me as a young child, I defnitely or at least very likely would have also felt that Dan Santat s printed words, while certainly encouraging and empowering are also much too lesson like and educational to be a completely enjoyable and pleasureable reading experience, with the ending in particular also a bit strange and difficult to comprehend and appreciate for a child of the picture book age group And thus, only two and a half stars for After the Fall and while I originally had indeed planned to round up to three stars, I have now decided to keep my rating at two stars, mostly because I have read far too many unsubtly preachy picture books in recent months and am feeling both curmudgeonly and majorly sermonised out so to speak


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    I don t know if it s because the world is a messy pile of garbage right now, but this hit me just the right way and gave me a case of tears.


  9. says:

    Great for little kids that might have anxiety issues Or even adults that have a burning need to know what happened to Humpty after he fell.


  10. says:

    Aww Such an adorably delightful book A contemporary retelling of the most famous egg in fiction Humpty Dumpty Humpty finally gets the happily ever after he so deserves Reminding us all, young and old alike, that a dream deferred, isn t the end of the world if we keep on believing and rise to the challenge, breaking free, to be all we were meant to be And FLY FIVE Reimagined and Delightfully Retold, Beautifully Illustrated, Children s Picture Book, Bold STARS to


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After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up Again My Name Is Humpty Dumpty I M Famous For Falling Off A Wall You May Have Heard About It But That S Only Half The StoryBecause I Decided To Get Back Up.And When I Did, Something Amazing Happened.This Story Is About My LifeAFTER THE FALL.Inspiring And Unforgettable, This Epilogue To The Beloved Classic Nursery Rhyme Will Encourage Even The Most Afraid To Overcome Their Fears, Learn To Get Back Up And Reach New Heights Front Flap