Fractured fairy tales have become very popular in recent years. This new series looks at traditional nursery rhymes from another point of view. In this case, Humpty Dumpty's story is also told from the viewpoint of the king's men. On the last page of the original rhyme, the men are carrying away all of the pieces. But once we flip the book over, we see the king's men valiantly trying to reassemble Humpty using an enormous syringe of glue. The process causes "fits" and the horses wander off. Then the king's men find an original (and logical) solution to the problem.
The illustrations are bright and colorful. They remind me of the style used in animated shows such as SpongeBob Square Pants, which should make them attractive to children. The flip-side rhyme is funny and will probably inspire young readers to create their own flip-sides for other favorite rhymes. I would recommend this book and series to anyone studying nursery rhymes or point of view in language arts lessons.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The book will be published March 5, 2015.