Saturday, September 27, 2008

Humpty Dumpty Jr: Hardboiled Detective

If middle school readers enjoy Bruce Hale's Chet Gecko mysteries, they should try the new series, Humpty Dumpty Jr: Hardboiled Detective. The authors, Nate Evans, Paul Hindman, and Vince Evans created a series aimed particularly at the hard-to-reach group, middle school boys. I'm not a boy of that age, but judging by the humor and cartoons, they'll succeed.

Humpty Dumpty Jr: Hardboiled Detective in The Case of the Fiendish Flapjack Flop introduces the character in that hardboiled style typical of detectives. "Humpty Dumpty Jr., Hardboiled Detective. I'm a good egg who always cracks the case." Here's the introduction of that book, from YouTube.

The cartoon illustrations will be enjoyed by adults as well as the audience for the books. The wordplay is fun for both groups, but there's definitely juvenile humor, from New Yolk City to eggs-tinction. Boys will enjoy the monsters, the grimy descriptions of snot and rotting-wart-flesh. And, all readers will enjoy Humpty Dumpty Jr.'s new sidekick, the homeless boy, Rat.

The first book in the series sends Humpty to Pat-A-Cake Bakery, where Patty Cake has disappeared, leaving behind a destroyed bakery. Although Rat and Humpty distrust each other, they team up to find their mutual friend. It's a fun mystery with humor, monsters, gross details, and great cartoons. Boys should love it.

The second book in the series, Humpty Dumpty Jr: Hardboiled Detective in The Mystery of Merlin and the Gruesome Ghost finds Humpty and Rat arguing over school and baths, both of which Rat is against. However, when Princess Lily shows up, saying there are ghosts at Merlin's Institute for the Knowledge of Everything, the two have a new case. What more do readers want than villains from the Potty-Mouth Gang, the legend of King Arthur, magic, ghosts and the wordplay of this series? Is Rat really the reincarnation of King Arthur? Check out the YouTube video.

These books are both due out at the beginning of October. Try them books with your middle school readers. I'll be curious as to what they think about Humpty Dumpty Jr: Hardboiled Detective.

Case of the Filthy, Furious Flapjack Flop (Humpty Dumpty, Jr., Hard Boiled Detective)
by Vince Evans, Paul Hindman

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Pub. Date: October 01, 2008
ISBN-13: 9781402212451 (paperback), 128p.

The Mystery of Merlin and the Gruesome Ghost (Humpty Dumpty Jr., Hardboiled Detective)
by Nate Evans, Paul Hindman, Vince Evans

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Pub. Date: October 01, 2008
ISBN-13: 9781402212468 (paperback), 128p.

3 comments:

Asta said...

People should read this.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Asta. I enjoyed these books.

Anonymous said...

my 9 year old boy loved this book and finished it in a day and 1/2. We were constantly told of the play on words and about the trophies Humpty had received. We are off to the library today to get book 2 - I hope there are more books in the pipeline.
From I happy Mother