After the Fall
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.

After the Fall Details

TitleAfter the Fall
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
ISBN-139781626726826
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Fantasy

After the Fall Review

  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    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 of more work. 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. Well . . . not 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, but . . .” Under 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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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    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:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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  • Donalyn
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful and brilliant.
  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    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 out more from 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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  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    I can honestly say I loved everything about this book. The artwork, the story, that cereal box aisle - I just loved it all!
  • Hilary
    January 1, 1970
    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 much more than 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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  • Manybooks
    January 1, 1970
    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 indeed more than 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 indeed more than 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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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    This book is wonderful in every way. Would pair very nicely with The Red Tree.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Carrie Gelson
    January 1, 1970
    Kind of impossible to talk about this book without giving anything away. I will just say this. I read a LOT of picture books. I often find books that touch an emotional nerve or inspire a sense of awe or make me laugh out loud. I am amazed at the calibre of titles that continue to be published. But I don’t often find myself completely surprised. This book surprised me. The ending caught me off guard and I loved it!
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  • Suad Shamma
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, looks like I am literally the only one giving this book a bad review. I admit that makes me feel a little bad about doing this, but I can't really change my opinion because others felt differently.I purchased this book after seeing it nominated for Best Picture Book as part of the goodreads Choice Awards 2017. I liked the concept, I liked the idea and my kid loves Humpty Dumpty so I thought it would be such fun reading this with him. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the quality of the b Wow, looks like I am literally the only one giving this book a bad review. I admit that makes me feel a little bad about doing this, but I can't really change my opinion because others felt differently.I purchased this book after seeing it nominated for Best Picture Book as part of the goodreads Choice Awards 2017. I liked the concept, I liked the idea and my kid loves Humpty Dumpty so I thought it would be such fun reading this with him. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the quality of the book in general. The illustrations seemed amateur, the printing seemed of low quality, the colors and the general look and feel lacked greatly. I'm not usually picky about these sorts of things, but given that this is a picture book, the quality of pictures and illustrations is a huge part that needs to be reviewed. The message behind the story was nice and sweet, but I'm not sure about the ending, so does he fall and gets broken into pieces again? Did he not learn his lesson then? Was he not more careful second time around? It took him a while to get over his fear, only to go through the same thing? That part was a little confusing. All in all, not what I expected. I had higher hopes and expectations for this book.
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  • Krissy
    January 1, 1970
    ***Rated by my son***
  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this! Not to often that you get a picture book about the after effects of trauma and even less often that it's actually enjoyable to read. This is just fantastic. There wasn't an illustration I didn't love, but the page with the cereal was pretty great.
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  • Lesley Burnap
    January 1, 1970
    Sublime artistry in words and pictures. So much to unpack. Cannot do it here. Get this one for yourself, then share another copy with those you love, teach, care about...Thanks, Mr. Santat. ❤My 100th book for 2017. Sublime artistry in words and pictures. So much to unpack. Cannot do it here. Get this one for yourself, then share another copy with those you love, teach, care about...Thanks, Mr. Santat. ❤️My 100th book for 2017.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Genius. A great story about dealing with the aftermath of an incident that profoundly affects your life. In this case, readers get a look at how Humpty Dumpty dealt with the aftermath of his fall from the wall. I really appreciated the way that after Humpty Dumpty was physically put back together readers were introduced to the ways in which he dealt with his mental reaction to the fall. There is so much good here and the ending is incredibly uplifting. I predicted that I'd like this book, but I Genius. A great story about dealing with the aftermath of an incident that profoundly affects your life. In this case, readers get a look at how Humpty Dumpty dealt with the aftermath of his fall from the wall. I really appreciated the way that after Humpty Dumpty was physically put back together readers were introduced to the ways in which he dealt with his mental reaction to the fall. There is so much good here and the ending is incredibly uplifting. I predicted that I'd like this book, but I am astounded by how much I LOVE it! Highly recommended for reading aloud to PreK-2, and additionally as a gift for picture book enthusiasts of all ages.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    After the Fall is a 6 Star gem for me! It had the perfect blend of meaning and heart and unique-ness. I loved it!We all know the tale….Humpty Dumpty had a “Great Fall”. But what happened to Humpty Dumpty after the fall? Our cute-as-can-be egg hero might look all put back together again, but---“There were some parts that couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” That face! Humpty’s look of sadness and fear broke my heart! Poor Humpty developed a fear of heights after his fall. A fear that keeps After the Fall is a 6 Star gem for me! It had the perfect blend of meaning and heart and unique-ness. I loved it!We all know the tale….Humpty Dumpty had a “Great Fall”. But what happened to Humpty Dumpty after the fall? Our cute-as-can-be egg hero might look all put back together again, but---“There were some parts that couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” That face! Humpty’s look of sadness and fear broke my heart! Poor Humpty developed a fear of heights after his fall. A fear that keeps him grounded and missing out on some of his favorite things to do in life. Will he ever climb up and sit on the wall again?Dan Santat’s creative, cute, and inspiring story answers everything from: What was Humpty doing up on that wall to begin with? to Where is Humpty Dumpty now? The answers just might make perfect sense!!! And add a layer of character and complete-ness to Humpty Dumpty’s story.Beautiful, eye-catching illustrations will keep readers glued to the action with anticipation and hope. You’ll find yourself rooting for Humpty to get back up from page one. One look at that face and I was hooked!A highly recommended story that reminds us all that accidents happen and sometimes it takes time heal.A MUST read book.
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  • jendlo
    January 1, 1970
    ONE OF *THE* BEST PICTURE BOOKS OF LATE!...All the king's horses and all the king's menCouldn't put Humpty together again.Or, so the nursery rhyme goes.🤴🐴In this tale (oh, the🥚🦅puns it lends itself to), Humpty apprises readers that the king's men were able to put him back together; only, "[t]here were some parts that couldn't be healed with bandages and glue."🤕 He was left emotionally scarred, afraid of heights.Told with brevity, humor, and heart, it's an uplifting story of grit and conquering o ONE OF *THE* BEST PICTURE BOOKS OF LATE!...All the king's horses and all the king's menCouldn't put Humpty together again.Or, so the nursery rhyme goes.🤴🐴In this tale (oh, the🥚🦅puns it lends itself to), Humpty apprises readers that the king's men were able to put him back together; only, "[t]here were some parts that couldn't be healed with bandages and glue."🤕 He was left emotionally scarred, afraid of heights.Told with brevity, humor, and heart, it's an uplifting story of grit and conquering one's fears (oddly reminiscent of a 📺 Brady Bunch episode).The illustrations, worthy of another Caldecott🥇, are essential to — convey part of — the story (and allude to Humpty being a🗽New Yorker: Kings County Hospital (get it? 👑), the Daily News, and more).There is so much to this imaginative 📖 book that begs to be reread, by children and adults alike, to catch all of its detail and meaning. But the main takeaway is on the backside of the dust cover:LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU GET BACK UP
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    So I read this to a group of 1st and 2nd graders today and was surprised by how emotional it made me. "When we fall, we get back up," I said at the end, with a crack in my voice and maybe a tear in my eye. There's something really powerful about this message and I think adults benefit from this message just as much as kids do. I was a little worried the kids wouldn't think it was silly enough or be engaged by it, but they LOVED this. There was a clamor at the end for who would get to check it ou So I read this to a group of 1st and 2nd graders today and was surprised by how emotional it made me. "When we fall, we get back up," I said at the end, with a crack in my voice and maybe a tear in my eye. There's something really powerful about this message and I think adults benefit from this message just as much as kids do. I was a little worried the kids wouldn't think it was silly enough or be engaged by it, but they LOVED this. There was a clamor at the end for who would get to check it out, and on the spread at the end with the wings they were all ooohing and aaahing in delight. It produced shock and awe in the kiddos and a surprisingly emotional response from me, so, you know, you should just read it!Also, can we talk about how great the cereal spread is? First of all, I love cereal, and I loved the use of color on that page. Just fabulous.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    What a funny, thoughtful book about fear and anxiety as well as resilience. Santat always knocks it out of the park when it comes to the art (you'll love the color choices on the pages where Humpty is shopping for cereal), and his tales are sensitive without losing their sense of humor.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    Dan Santat has completely outdone himself with this book. Can't say much without spoiling, but... WOW.
  • paula
    January 1, 1970
    You know a picture book is exceptional when you finish it shaking your head and muttering a bunch of admiring expletives, then flip to the front and read it again. Holy moly.
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What an emotionally inspiring and beautiful book. Dan outdid himself.
  • Colona Public Library
    January 1, 1970
    This was just an awesome book. For everyone who loves nursery rhymes this book is for you. The illustrations were so colorful.This book starts off after Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall. "It was just an accident. But it changed my life. There were some parts that couldn't be healed with bandages and glue." Suddenly Humpty Dumpty was afraid of heights and was not able to do the things we loved. Will he ever conquer his fear? You will have to read this book to find out. ~April
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    I'm giving it 5 stars anyway, but I kind of wish the story had ended two pages earlier. I dunno if anyone will get this, but sometimes there is more glory in being a cracked egg who overcomes the odds than coming to realize that you aren't actually an egg but something much more special. I'm not sure how to put this the way I mean it, but my whole life I've wanted to be special-to stand out in the crowd, to be loved and admired from near and far. But the closer I get to accepting that I am just I'm giving it 5 stars anyway, but I kind of wish the story had ended two pages earlier. I dunno if anyone will get this, but sometimes there is more glory in being a cracked egg who overcomes the odds than coming to realize that you aren't actually an egg but something much more special. I'm not sure how to put this the way I mean it, but my whole life I've wanted to be special-to stand out in the crowd, to be loved and admired from near and far. But the closer I get to accepting that I am just a cracked egg who is capable of amazing things as opposed to a closeted phoenix or whatever, the closer I find a sense of peace about my place in the world. So I was surprised at the last couple of pages and didn't realize what had happened at first. Then when it dawned on me, my first response-unbidden-was disappointment. Don't get me wrong, this book is amazing in so many ways. And the fact that I'm debating it the way I am is even more evidence of that. There's a lot going on and a lot to discuss with kids you may read the book with.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone one knows about the story of Humpty Dumpty and how he sat on a wall and then had a great fall. He is well known due to a popular nursery rhyme. Santat added more to the story by incorporating what Humpty Dumpty learned from the fall.The King's men were able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again but there were wounds that didn't heal. These invisible wounds such as being afraid of heights took awhile for Humpty Dumpty to overcome. It became so apparent that he couldn't even enjoy some Everyone one knows about the story of Humpty Dumpty and how he sat on a wall and then had a great fall. He is well known due to a popular nursery rhyme. Santat added more to the story by incorporating what Humpty Dumpty learned from the fall.The King's men were able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again but there were wounds that didn't heal. These invisible wounds such as being afraid of heights took awhile for Humpty Dumpty to overcome. It became so apparent that he couldn't even enjoy some of his favorite things anymore. Humpty Dumpty tries alternatives to still enjoy his favorite things but eventually he had to overcome his fear in order to persevere. Santat teaches little ones and pretty much anyone who reads the After The Fall that everyone can overcome their fears. If a fear is interfering with you enjoying a favorite thing, one must overcome that fear. Also, Santat discusses about accidents and how accidents happen. One must learn how to adjust if an accident occurs. Sometimes you will need to overcome a fear as an result of an accident aftermath. It's okay to be nervous and terrified. It's okay to be worried and thinking you might not make it. Just keep moving one step at a time toward to goal. Taking baby steps will help achieve a goal with less fear. Santat's illustrations are remarkably wonderful! The timeless muted color palette reminds me of Mike Curato's Little Elliot, Big City. The ending was unexpected but it works beautifully with the motto of the book. The dust jacket has the title of the book in a raised semi-spot glossed type while the rest of the cover is matte. Humty Dumpty sitting on a while is also semi-spot glossed. Removing the dust jacket reveals a wonderful illustration of Humpty Dumpty falling with from the sky. Birds and a pair of binoculars are seen in the sky.After the Fall is a wonderful inspirational book for all ages. It's the type of book that will help readers feel at ease when they make mistakes. This is a classic story about overcoming fears when you are afraid. It's okay to fall but as long as you get back up, everything is okay.
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  • Agnė
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 out of 5There is so much to celebrate in Dan Santat's illustrations for After the Fall: colors, unusual perspectives, clever page layouts, telling close-ups, powerful page turns, the use of white space...But although the story is clever and imaginative, it also feels kind of preachy to me, and everything is pretty much spelled out. Still, I love the unexpected and moving ending.Finally, the cereal aisle spread annoys me a little: the “fun” cereal on the top shelf, which Humpty Dumpty cannot 3.5 out of 5There is so much to celebrate in Dan Santat's illustrations for After the Fall: colors, unusual perspectives, clever page layouts, telling close-ups, powerful page turns, the use of white space...But although the story is clever and imaginative, it also feels kind of preachy to me, and everything is pretty much spelled out. Still, I love the unexpected and moving ending.Finally, the cereal aisle spread annoys me a little: the “fun” cereal on the top shelf, which Humpty Dumpty cannot reach because of his fear of heights, are all sugary, while the “boring” cereal on the bottom are mostly healthy. I get it, it's funny, especially the titles of the "boring" cereal (e.g., "nofün," "SAD CLOWN," "CARDBOARD," "BO-RINGS," "GROWN-UP FOOD," "bland," etc.), BUT healthy food does not necessarily have to be “boring” or bad tasting, plus it’s good for you, so please stop reinforcing the message that healthy food sucks, while glorifying the stuff that contributes to obesity epidemic.
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  • Liza Nahas
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting. I actually didn’t “get it” at first because I think I was so focused on Humpty Dunpty. But he was an egg, after all. . .
  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    Dan Santat read the advanced copy of this picture book when he read at the store last month. (I still need to write about that most wonderful day on my blog.)A familiar nursery rhyme is scrambled into a delectable egg-celent dish that will make you savor each moment until the final bite!Expected release date is October 3rd.
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  • Stewart
    January 1, 1970
    The cereal aisle made me literally laugh out loud. I want to live in a world where "Choco Duck" and "Just Marshmallow" are cereal brands. I'd probably also eat "Sad Clown" cereal.That said, what kind of crazy dystopian future society does Humpty Dumpty live in? That wall looks like something straight out of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil".
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