Humpty Dumpty gets put back together again! But now what? How can he get back to doing his favorite things, like watching birds, when he’s become so afraid of heights? After the Fall is a sweet, funny tale of facing anxieties and coming out on top. Recommended By Gigi L., Powells.com
Mother Goose had it all wrong when it came to Humpty Dumpty. Santat combines this beloved fairy tale character with a fear of heights and a love of birds to create a charming retelling that gives Humpty the wings he needs to soar! Recommended By Kate L., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?
Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher who loves to be high up on the city wall--that is, until his famous fall. After the fall, Humpty is terrified of heights, and can longer do some of his favorite things.
Will he finally summon the courage to climb back up the wall?
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.
"Instead of resting on his laurels, Dan Santat soars above them. I loved this!" Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series and The Paperboy (Caldecott Honor)
"A validating and breathtaking next chapter of a Mother Goose favorite." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"More than a nursery rhyme remix, Santat’s story speaks boldly to the grip of fear and trauma, and to the exhilaration of mastering it." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Santat gives full weight to the power of fear, which can daunt anyone who has been injured, before showing Humpty Dumpty’s eventual triumph with an inventive ending that is nothing short of exhilarating." Wall Street Journal
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.