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The Crown Affair

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  20 reviews
In the sequel to What REALLY Happened to Humpty?, Jack (Jill’s other half) fell down the Hill and had his crown stolen. It’s up to detective Joe Dumpty to round up the usual suspects and track down the culprit.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Charlesbridge
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Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Really well done! Of course, I had to read it to the kids like it was Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart)!
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another hilarious Joe Dumpty investigation full of wise cracks, puns and Easter eggs. The pictures are so funny, the three little pigs have a construction company and Spider combs the grass area for evidence. The mysterious case of the crown is set up by Jack losing his crown when he tumbled down the hill and scrambled his brains. Joe Dumpty helps out Jill because he's a soft shell for damsels in distress. Joe Dumpty goes around town frying in the heat to figure out where the crown is before the
Another mystery for this egg. Entertaining and witty short read.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book! LOVE, love, love it. The witty humor, the puns, the ideas are all just wonderful. This is definitely one I want to use in my classroom, first, just for the fun of reading it, and second because of the way the language is used. My students can see that crafting a story that uses great figurative language and inferences and double meanings, etc. can be done when you take the time to continue to revise your work until you get something really great. This is one of those great books ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another win!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic version of Humpty Dumpty meets jack and the beanstalk. Highly recommend!
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This would make for a great read aloud in the primary grades (late kinder or first and second) - at the end of or as part of a unit of study on nursery rhymes/fairy tales. The egg-shaped detective Joe Dumpty is searching for Jack's missing crown which leads him to several other "Jacks." In other words, children have to have some understanding of Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Jack Be Nimble, Jack and the Beanstalk and so forth to "get" how the author is playing with language and developing the st ...more
Anyone who loved What REALLY Happened to Humpty? will enjoy this mystery featuring several Mother Goose characters. When Jack loses his crown on a trip up the hill with Jill, Joe Dumpty, Private Investigator, takes on the case. As he follows clues that lead him from one Jack to another, he finally solves the case amid all sorts of puns and word play having to do with his egg-shaped existence. Adults will enjoy this one just as much as their offspring. Both will find plenty of interesting details ...more
Adults will love this picture book from the "files of a hard-boiled detective" who is Humpty Dumpty's brother. The puns and the references to the old hard-boiled detectives of the Sam Spade ilk made it a fun read. Ransom has walked a tightrope here: children will love the story without getting those references while their parents will get a kick out of it too. It reminded me of watching the original Muppet movie with my son. He loved it and I loved the things that Henson sent right over the head ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Humorous sequel to What Really Happened to Humpty? featuring many characters from classic nursery rhymes. Jack loses his crown before the Gooseland Games and Private Investigator Joe Dumpty is on the case!
Mary Ann
This is a fun picture book mystery and there are not many in this genre. Kids who know their folktales will love the twists and turns on classic nursery rhymes. Sometimes, though, so much effort was put into clever jokes that it was hard to keep track of the mystery.
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just before the Mother Gooseland Games, hard-boiled detective Joe Dumpty is called upon to solve the mystery of what made Jack and Jill fall down the hill--and who took Jack's prized crown after the fall.
Sarah Wiwchar
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-kids
Personally, I really liked it, but it was definitely too long. Read it with the 3/4s and they enjoyed it but also thought it was quite long. Might try reading it with the 4/5s.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
So clever! We are are pleasantly delighted with this book!
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Did a quick read of this book in the library today. It was cute and can see it being read aloud to a classroom.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This picture book, and the one that preceded it, made me laugh. A great mash-up of nursery rhymes, with witty dialogue.
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Excellent for teaching parody, puns, and allusions, but the story was too long to hold attention beyond the initial delight of its premise.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is a book with a series of stories under the detective "Humpty dumpty" I'm sure its a fascinating book and a great mystery. However its clearly for advanced readers
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Jeanie Franz Ransom is a children's picture-book author and former elementary school counselor with a penchant for puns and a fondness for fractured fairytales. Her books include the award-winning "What Really Happened to Humpty?" and "The Crown Affair," and her newest title, "Cowboy Car."

Jeanie also writes self-help books for kids and the adults in their lives, including "Don't Squeal Unless It'