Kes Gray and Nathan Reed
Hodder Children’s Books
Humpty Dumpty sits on a wall, but he’s not alone; his friends sit alongside and they are considering their futures.
Humpty however, sets the bar very low: “A boiled egg” is his only ambition. Shock horror among the others who go on to urge him to Think Big!
“Buy a pair of football boots and become a footballer,” suggests Wee Willie Winkie.
“Look for clues and become a detective, says Little Bo-Peep.
He could perhaps, like Little Miss Muffet, consider becoming a scientist.
Egg though he might be, he “really should try thinking outside of the box.” as Jack and Jill recommend. I second that!
An artist, a policeman, a doctor or a firefighter are also put forward as possibilities; but it is perhaps the Cow who jumped over the moon that really gets Humpty’s brain buzzing with potential personal achievements.
But will our eggy friend actually manage to live up to his elevated thoughts and reach for the stars …
Storytelling maestro Kes Gray smashes it again with this tale that will surely have you giggling from start to final, laugh-out-loud punchline (or more accurately crunchline).
Nathan Reed does a terrific job capturing Kes’s droll humour in his high-voltage illustrations, every one of which is a cracker.
With its powerfully positive ‘believe, work hard and you can achieve’ message this is an eggstra-special offering for young children.