STOP THE PRESSES!!! Announcing the first picture book to win both the Caldecott and the Newbery!!!!
Well, if the judging were up to me, that is.
Seriously, folks. This book gobsmacked me. Dan Santat has created a touching, funny book about overcoming your fears, and in the process transforming your life.
“My name is Humpty Dumpty.
This was my favorite spot, high up on the wall.
I know, it’s an odd place for an egg to be,
but I loved being close to the birds.”
Are you smiling, yet?
“Then one day, I fell. (I’m sort of famous for that part.)
Folks called it ‘The Great Fall,’ which sounds a little grand.
It was just and accident.
But it changed my life.”
Even though Humpty Dumpty recovers (thanks to Kings County Hospital), he’s not the same. “The Fall” colors his entire view of the world and its dangers, making his life so much less rich than it was before.
What will Humpty Dumpty do? Will he lead a fear-laden, circumscribed existence, his world shrinking, becoming less interesting, less fulfilling, less tasty by the day?
Any adults out there think this might be a worthwhile read?
It’s got my vote for every children’s book award out there. Find it. Read it. It doesn’t matter whether you have any kids in your life or not. Sometimes, you just need a little reminder of how glorious children’s literature can be.
Interesting note: In an All The Wonders podcast, Santat explains that this book is a love letter to his wife who overcame severe anxiety.
TITLE: After the Fall
Author/Illustrator: Dan Santat
Publisher: Roaring Book Press, 2017
Age Range: From zero to infinity and beyond
Check out Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday for more picture book recommendations.