The Crown Affair

Jeanie Franz Ransom, illus. by Stephen Axelsen. Charlesbridge, $16.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-58089-552-1
When Jack and Jill fell down the hill, did Jack really lose his crown, or did someone make off with it? Detective Joe Dumpty, previously seen in 2009’s What REALLY Happened to Humpty?, is on the case in this witty companion book. Tipped off that a certain other nursery-rhyme Jack might be responsible for the crown’s disappearance, Joe sets out to interrogate suspects, and his noir-flavored narration is just as much fun this time around (“Between his bum foot and his scorched bottom, Jack wouldn’t have been nimble—or quick—enough to grab the crown this morning”). Axelsen’s illustrations are packed with humorous details and cleverly reimagined Mother Goose characters, and Ransom’s references to “test[ing] positive for magic beans,” among other gags, will amuse older readers. Ages 6–9. Author’s agent: Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/24/2014
Release date: 02/10/2015
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