After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) (Hardcover)

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. He liked to be up there with the birds. Then, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall… he’s kind of famous for that part. Even though the King’s Men are able to put him back together, his newfound fear of heights keeps him from doing all the things he used to love, including sleeping on the top bunk, reaching his favorite cereal in the grocery store, and being near the birds. He begins to build paper birds to bring him closer to the sky he misses, but when the bird he’s spent so much time building gets stuck on the wall, Humpty is forced to walk away or face his fear. Santat’s retelling of a classic explores how surviving hardship transforms us and his illustrations perfectly convey the emotional journey of recovery.
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From the New York Times-bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall--that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.

2018 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Winner
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2017
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2017
A New York City Public Library Notable Best Book for Kids
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2017
An NPR Best Book of 2017

About the Author

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781626726826
ISBN-10: 1626726825
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English