After the Fall

After the Fall

By Author / Illustrator

Dan Santat



Age range(s)



Andersen Press Ltd




Paperback / softback




SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 UKLA BOOK AWARDAfter the fall, Humpty Dumpty is a broken egg. Life is tough: he's so afraid of heights, he can't even bear to climb onto his bed, or reach his favourite cereal on the top shelf at the supermarket. But one day, fuelled by his passion for bird-watching, he decides to conquer his fears and something amazing happens...'A tender, wryly funny look at trauma and recovery' GUARDIAN



This picture book has an interesting twist on the classic nursery rhyme - Humpty Dumpty, telling the story from Humpty's perspective. Humpty describes how he feels about his accident and how it effected him afterwards. It's an interesting, thought-provoking book which would appeal to children of different ages for a variety of reasons. Younger children will enjoy it as a picture book and to be able to relate it to the nursery rhyme whereas older children could get much more out of it. They could have some interesting discussions about how Humpty feels at different points of the story and why. The book is made up of relatively simple sentences with minimal text in places. This would provide a great opportunity to explore inferential questions with older children and elaborate on the story that is already written while the pictures are filled with details. The story seems to have quite a dark feeling behind it which could be explored by older children, however, it does send the message that you need to get back up from falls and make the most of what you enjoy in life! Picture book / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Lucy Newton, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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