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THE HUMPTY DUMPTY TRAGEDY BY HERSCHEL COZINE: BOOK REVIEW

by hmhibbit, December 13, 2012

The Humpty Dumpty Tragedy
By Herschel Cozine
ISBN# 9781611874556

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro

*Beware of possible Spoilers*

Synopsis:

Now, for the first time, the true story behind Humpty Dumpty’s fall. Was it an accident? Did the Nurseryland government try to cover it up? Nathaniel P. Osgood III, working as his own client, delves into the old tragedy and makes a startling discovery. A short story.

Review:

The Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme has been one of my favorites since I was little, if not by far my favorite of all. I, sometimes, even find myself out of the blue saying it out loud repeating the poor egg’s tragic death, as he falls and crashes into the floor. I liked it so much, that I dedicated a font design to it for a project 😉 So hearing that there was a mystery boiling behind Humpty‘s fall, caught my attention immediately, that I had to read this story.

I like the idea, planted by the author, of a private investigator working behind all of these well know rhymes in a fictional Nurseryland with its own newspaper, that we’ve all heard of and learned while growing up. It had actually never crossed my mind that someone or a secret organization would want Humpty Dumpty dead. I don’t think he caused any harm sitting in his wall. He might have talked with strangers and given Alice some thoughtful insight, but was he that big of a threat?

That is what detective Nathaniel P. Osgood III, has to investigate, not for a client, but for himself in this fun story to read. The author makes it even more interesting by adding details to the plot like video recordings of Alice and Humpty talking and a reporter on the scene where the King’s horses and men are picking him up, which gives the readers an illusion of a mystery story going on and not just a nursery rhyme.

I have to say that this was a really good way of portraying  the rhymes into new stories that everyone can enjoy with a touch of mystery. In my opinion the author does not alter them but gives us a fictional insightful story of what might have happened that caused  Humpty to fall or like in his other works, for Goldilocks to trespass in to someone’s home. I recommend this short story to all of those who love nursery rhymes and are up for a fun treat, that will leave you thinking and going back to check for clues.

 

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