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Break-in at the Three Bears family home? It could only be one dame. Wicked witch gone missing from her candied cottage? Hansel and Gretel claim it was self-defense. Did Humpty Dumpty really just fall off that wall, or was he pushed? Here are five fairy-tale stories with a twist, all told from the point of view of a streetwise police officer called Binky, who just happens tBreak-in at the Three Bears family home? It could only be one dame. Wicked witch gone missing from her candied cottage? Hansel and Gretel claim it was self-defense. Did Humpty Dumpty really just fall off that wall, or was he pushed? Here are five fairy-tale stories with a twist, all told from the point of view of a streetwise police officer called Binky, who just happens to be a toad in a suit and a fedora. When Snow White doesn't make it to the beauty pageant, Officer Binky is the first to find the apple core lying by her bed. When an awful giant mysteriously crashes to the ground, upsetting the whole town, Binky discovers exactly who is responsible. Author David Levinthal and illustrator John Nickle retell these classic stories in the style of a 1940s noir detective novel—for kids!...

Title : Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?: And Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries
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ISBN : 9780375841958
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Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?: And Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries Reviews

  • Randie D. Camp, M.S.
    2019-01-06 21:50

    Binky, an officer and a frog, solves the great mysteries that has plagued classic tales for years and years. What happened to the missing witch? Why did Snow White fall into a deep sleep? What's the real story behind the goose that lies golden eggs? Read to find out.The illustrations are detailed, some colorful, others sepia style...many share clues to solving the cases.Great concept, even better execution.

  • Angela
    2019-01-07 21:53

    Move over Scieczka, there's a new funny man--or two--on the fairy tale block. This collection feels like noir, narrates like a police detective (although he's pint-size in a larger-than-life world), and packs a laughable punch that will entertain both young and old. While you could read each retelling on it's own, it's hard not to consume this collection in a single setting.Recommended for schools, family reading, humor and folktale collections. Especially for fans of the STINKY CHEESE MAN. Best for ages 6 & up who can appreciate the humor and have encountered a traditonal version before encountering this collection.I really hope someone does an audio of this. You just need the right voice for noir....

  • Arminzerella
    2019-01-21 22:55

    Binky - frog investigator extraordinaire - is on the case and he always gets his man. In these noir retellings of several familiar fairytales and one Mother Goose rhyme (Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Humpty Dumpty), Officer Binky uses his noggin, interviews witnesses and potential suspects, and reviews evidence from the crime scenes in order to collar some criminals. Funny, and fantastically illustrated (the picture of Officer Binky piloting his police car is great - he can barely see over the steering wheel!).

  • Carly
    2018-12-23 20:50

    law and order for fairy tales

  • Maggie
    2018-12-27 01:49

    Fun book to share with children who are familiar with the original tales. Teachers can use this book as a model for writing alternative stories and introducing point of view, etc...

  • Nancy
    2019-01-01 00:46

    Oh my gosh, what a great book. Unless your children know the stories of Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel and Humpty Dumpty, plus a couple more, this book will be lost on them. For the adults, this book is priceless. No longer is Goldilocks a poor innocent victim, she is being hunted down by Mr. Binky an Officer in Pinecone Forest and he going to track down this wanted criminal.On to his next case, where we have to keep in mind that just because a woman is a witch does not necessary mean that she is a bad person, that is unless she lives in a house of candy – ok maybe she was but Officer Binky has discovered that Hansel and Gretel acted in self defense.David Levinthal and John Nickle have splendid fractured old nursery rhymes. Reinventing characters with devilishly funny outcomes made this book one that I have reread a couple of times. Imagine Harry Wolf was not someone that cried for help unless he really needed it or that Humpty was a good egg and played in a band called All the Kings Horses and All the King’s Men.Called out to investigate, Officer Binky must now decide if Humpty was pushed or was it an accidental fall, there is little to go on since there was hardly any yolk at the scene. OK, that part made me laugh. The book continues in this manner with Snow White and Jack in the Beanstalk. You will laugh you way through this book. I suggest that before you begin reading to your child, read though this on your own a couple of times so you can get all the giggling out and are ready to explain to your young ones what is so funny.

  • Jake
    2019-01-18 02:03

    "Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty" written by David Levinthal and John Nickle is about an officer named Binky who gets called to solve mysteries from different story book characters. He gets to visit each story and help them solve their problems. The real question is: can he help every character?The illustrations in this story are very detailed. Each page is filled with a colorful background. There are some pages that have the picture filling up the entire thing, and on some pages there are blocks of pictures showing different scenes sprt of like a comic book. Changing up the pattern helps catch the readers attention. . Bright colors are used for one storybook mystery, while black and white are used for another. One great characteristic of the illustrations is the facial expressions of each character. There is so much detail put into each one of them and it makes for a more realistic story. The different borders around the illustrations draw the attention to the picture, which helps the reader tie it in with the text. This story is good for young readers because they can feel engaged and help Officer Binky solve the mysteries. it keeps kids interested and it has a spooky vibe. This is a great story for young kids also because it involves some classic fairy tales.

  • Addison Children's Services
    2019-01-01 00:07

    I'm a sucker for fractured fairy tales. This one doesn't break any new ground, but retells several European classics from the point of view of an investigating detective ala Dragnet. It's too much for my preschool story times, but would be a great read aloud for first or second grades, perhaps even older if they were studying fairy tales. It would also be a fun basis children's theater. Check it out.

  • Julie Suzanne
    2019-01-01 03:03

    Reads like "Guy Noir, Private Eye," which parodies the film noir genre and the conventions of hardboiled fiction. This frog cop handles a bunch of fairy tales and nursery rhymes as crime investigations in which the perpetrators are locked up for good. For example, the last line of the Three Bears section: "Down at the station, [Goldilocks] confessed. 'I was hungry and tired,' she said. They'll feed her three meals a day where she's going, and she'll have plenty of time to rest" along with an illustration of poor little Goldilocks behind bars with a "Case Closed" stamp across it. Cute. I'd use this as a prompt for creative writing (mimicking tone, style, voice, etc. of a favorite piece), a read-aloud or center activity in a unit on perspective, tone, point of view, voice, conventions of genre, etc.

  • Rachel Collins
    2018-12-27 02:42

    Genre: Traditional LiteratureGrade Level: 1-3This book includes many different nursery tales, which means it would be a good addition to any library. The stories are told in a different kind of way, which makes the reader see them with a new set of eyes. I thought the mystery part of it added a nice touch. The illustrations are good and the book is very engaging. Overall I would recommend it.

  • Lorna
    2019-01-22 01:42

    Very clever. I especially loved the little frog that portrayed Officer Binky.

  • Meg Treiber
    2018-12-26 23:01

    mystery K-2 My favorite element of this book is the narrator and their tone. It gives the book dry humor that kids pick up on!

  • Nicole Gaudier
    2019-01-01 23:46

    Officer Binky is on the case: solving nursery rhyme crimes. Who pushed Humpty Dumpty? Who invaded the Bear family's home? In a funny detective motiff that children & parents will all enjoy.

  • Abbie Gerig
    2019-01-10 02:46

    Genre: Traditional LiteratureGrades: K-3This book was cute! Everyone has heard these tales before but not in a solve-the-mystery way before. I loved how this book took well known tales and made a detective figure out who did the crime and why.

  • Nikki
    2019-01-04 04:04

    Break-In at the Bear Family home? it could only be one dame. Wicked Witch gone missing from her candied cottage? Hansel and Gretel claim it was self-defense. Did Humpty Dumpty really fall off that wall, or was he pushed? Police Officer Binky is on the case.This was a cute book, a twist to the original classic stories I grew up hearing about and I enjoyed reading this to my girls in tonight's bedtime story!

  • Madison Hays
    2019-01-21 21:11

    "Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty" written by David Levinthal and John Nickle is about a police officer named Binky who is called upon by multiple story book characters to solve the mysteries that have happened! Throughout the story Binky (and the reader) are collecting clues, gathering information and talking to the many storybook characters that need his help! Can Binky help everyone out or will some crimes go unpunished? The illustrations in this story are very detailed. Each page is filled with a descriptive background and very precise characters. There are some pages that have the picture filling up the entire thing, and on some pages there are blocks of pictures showing different scenes. This switches up the story, making it more engaging and keeping the readers attention. There are multiple color schemes presented in this story. Bright colors are used for one storybook mystery, while black and white and beige are used for another. One great characteristic of the illustrations is the facial expressions of each character. There is so much detail put into each one of them and it makes for a more realistic story. The different borders around the illustrations draw the attention to the picture, which helps the reader tie it in with the text. This story caught my eye because even though there are multiple storybook crimes, the author flowed them all together very exceptionally. Children reading this book will not want to put it down. They are able to feel like they are solving the crimes with Officer Binky! The author gives the readers opportunities to find clues and come to conclusions. This is a great mystery book that ties together old classics that children will love!

  • Kate Ballan
    2019-01-08 20:49

    In "Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty," David Levinthal takes a whole new take on children's tales and solves the mysteries behind them. First he starts out with Goldilocks and makes sure she gets the punishment she deserves for breaking and entering. Then he proceeds with Hansel and Gretel, and straightens the story to prove that the kids were just displaying self defense. Then he addresses his title, Humpty Dumpty. After Humpty Dumpty falls off the wall, the cop frog Binkey sets out to find out if someone pushed him or if he fell. Continuing with Snow-white, Binkey takes the apple core down for DNA testing to prove the Evil Witch's guilt. Levinthal finally sums up with Jack and the Bean Stalk. In this twist he interviews the goose for a straight story. This book answers all of our unspoken questions using a frog cop named Binkey. Levinthal shows his creative side through the use of imagery and detail. He grabs the readers attention with his bright pictures portraying the traditional stories but adds his twist at the end. This book is already very engaging because it gives a new side to the very familiar tales. Kids will love the suspense Levinthal uses to sum up all the reader's questions. It is also beneficial that Levinthal solves many mysteries within one book. This way the kids can compare and connect the stories to each other. He used very clear wording to make the book fun and easy to understand. Even though it is for young readers, and older audience can still be captured because of modern twist on old stories. Overall, this book is fun and engaging and is highly recommended by us. Kate Ballan Oksanna ScheidtJennifer Johnson

  • Sandy
    2018-12-28 01:07

    He’s on the case of some of the most famous nursery tales and he will not give up until the culprit is caught. His name is Police Officer Binky and yes, he is a toad in a suit but does that really matter? From Goldilocks to Humpty Dumpty, you can help Officer Binky as he discusses with the witness the clues that leave them devastated. Are Hansel and Gretel guilty for slamming the door on the witch who kept them in her house made of candy? Did Humpty Dumpty really fall off the wall or did something else happen to make him fall off? A large beanstalk from small beans, an earthquake and an explosion, that goose better lay some golden eggs, if anyone is going to believe this story. There are a few more popular nursery tales inside this children’s book that are sure to delight you. I like the tone of the stories and the illustrations. A sarcastic and humorous tone is accompanied by illustrations that change with each story. Each of the stories features bright colorful illustrations but a few of the stories also have illustrations that are brown and white. Each story has large pictures and also a few pages which are set with comic book square outlines where more text and illustrations illustrate the pages. This is a wonderful and unique storybook.

  • Savannah Harpster
    2018-12-27 21:02

    We all have heard of Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel, Humpty Dumpty, Snow White and Jack and the Beanstalk before but have we ever really heard it from a criminal point of view? Well this book has Officer Binky blow wide open case after case using clues, following leads, getting confessions and solving these funny retellings of classic stories. This book is for those young detectives out there that are out on the look for a case. Children of all ages can help Officer Binky solve these mysterious cases using their own book smarts. This type of book is great for interacting and thinking about is going on in each case. A great way to use this book would be to read each case and have the student’s think of how to solve them. Then I would have them solve their own classroom case and have them figure that one out.

  • Michelle Prata
    2018-12-21 22:44

    ADORABLE!!!! I loved this picture book. It was so cute and creative and the illustrations are hilarious. This picture book is about a frog who solves different mysteries/crimes that happen. Each of the crimes/mysteries are based off of fairytale stories. In the book there are about 5 or so different mysteries that the frog tries to solve. The mystery of The Eaten House, based off of Hansel and Gretel. The Mystery of the Three Bears, and goldilocks gets arrested for sleeping the bears beds and eating their porridge. I really enjoyed this picture book. Mostly because I thought it was very ingenious how they twisted these classic nursery rhymes into mysteries to be solved. I would love to read this book as a read aloud. I think even 5th graders would like it! Its fun light hearted and good end of the day laugh. I was giggling the entire time I read it.

  • Allison Parker
    2019-01-17 21:51

    I enjoyed the concept of this book: a noir-style detective named Officer Binky (a green frog) sets out to solve the mysteries of familiar fairy tales and bring any wrongdoers to justice. I'm especially glad to see Goldilocks behind bars - never thought she was the sympathetic character in that story. The illustrations, especially faces, seem purposefully a little ugly; not my taste, but it works with the story. Great details abound, like the wolf's zoot suit or the evil queen's swirling beehive hair. I just wished the author had pushed the language a little further, though we do get some great lines: "It could only be one dame: Goldilocks...Down at the station, she confessed. 'I was hungry and tired,' she said. They'll feed her three meals a day where she's going, and she'll have plenty of time to rest."

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-08 00:54

    Officer Binky, a frog detective, solves crimes committed in well-known fairy tales and nursery rhymes (Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel, Humpty Dumpty, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk), in a style reminiscent of hard-boiled mysteries (tamed down, of course). Each story is 4-6 pages in length. This book is simply entertaining and can be enjoyed for free reading, for story time, and for classroom/library lessons. Teachers/librarians can use it to teach summary (presenting a longer, more "original" version of the story; to teach voice; to teach inferencing and prediction (for younger, non-readers); and to teach comparing/contrasting. The illustrations are detailed and interesting. In an industry currently over-saturated with fractured fairy tales, this book is definitely one to add to your collection.

  • Charlotte Muñoz
    2018-12-24 00:09

    This is a good twin text for talking about investigations. There are a lot of different stories mixed in here and they are each very short.

  • Cheryl
    2018-12-22 23:01

    There are even funnier fractured tales out there. I think this would have been slightly improved if the illustrations were a tinier bit sillier, and if we'd had a chance to guess which tale each anecdote was based on, instead of seeing the title of the tale as the title of each 'chapter.' As is, the tales aren't really all that twisted - they're just told from a slightly different perspective (usually). And some (Humpty Dumpty for sure) will be seen as unsuitable by some parents.All that said, I do recommend that you check it out for yourself. If the blurb interests you, you may well love the book.

  • Brooke Camera
    2018-12-25 23:42

    When teaching about tales, this is a fun book to read to children. This puts all the popular nursery tales together in one book. Students will enjoy trying to figure out who actually pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall. This book is told by a cop who is trying to figure out the mystery of what happened to Humpty Dumpty. Students will also be able to see how the story is told from a different perspective of another character.

  • Thebruce1314
    2018-12-30 05:02

    I love me some good fractured fairy tales, so when I saw this I got excited. It took me about five minutes to read this afternoon, and I wasn't as impressed as I hoped to be. There are five tales included, and most of them didn't really contain much imagination or new information. Spoiler alert: Goldilocks was, in fact, the culprit! It's a cute book, though, with nice illustrations and varied layouts on each page. Hopefully the little guy will enjoy it!

  • Bethany
    2019-01-06 01:11

    Read for 5420 classI wasn't too impressed with Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty. The idea of a police investigator solving nursery rhyme and fairytale mysteries, but Levinthal and Nickle try to push too much text on one page. Additionally, the illustrations are not very impressive. I like the use of color vs. sepia tones when victims tell what happened, but, the actual artistic style is quite upsetting and doesn't seem very appropriate for the intended audience.

  • Terri
    2018-12-26 01:51

    This adorable crime noir take on your favorite classic fairy tales is just peachy. This dame for one loved Binky, the frog cop with a keen eye for solving mysteries. You'll never look at Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel, Humpty Dumpty, Snow White or Jack and the Beanstalk the same way. I'd love to see Levinthal's story turned into an animated feature. Clever and humorous, this book just may entertain adults even more than their kids.

  • Melanie
    2019-01-16 02:50

    Detective Binky, who happens to be a frog, works for the Pinecone Division. Division of what, we're never sure. But that doesn't lessen a fabulously funny story!Detective Binky solves the problem of Goldilocks, the missing witch last seen by Hansel and Gretl, what, or shall I say WHO, happened to Humpty Dumpty, straightened out Snow White's wicked step-mother and Jack and the Beanstalk.Great for a read aloud for older school-age children.

  • Viv
    2019-01-08 03:48

    Interesting twist of traditional nursery and fairy tales. It's similar to the books like "Frog Prince Continued..." and "The True Story of Three Little Pigs" in a sense that the readers get to "hear" the other side's story or the ugly truth about the tales we are familiar with. It's quite an interesting read for, I'd say, kinder to second or third graders. The book would be more appealing and funny to kids who are already familiar with the traditional/original nursery or fairy tales.