This ebook app is based on Wooleycat's Musical Theater, a book with audio cd that was previously published in print. The book contained 10 stories with songs, and this tale of "Humpty Dumpty" is one of the story-songs from the original 2003 edition.
The tale is whimsical, telling a variation of the Mother Goose classic that portrays Humpty as a little egg boy who falls off his skate board. Like the traditional story, no one can put him back together again, but in this version the ending has a great new twist. His mom comes to the rescue and makes Humpty all better with a magical mama-kiss. It ends with the line, "Love and care can pull you back when you fall apart."
As a musical tale, this storybook is very catchy. The text highlights as it is sung and the chorus is upbeat and optimistic, with a the line, "Pull ... yourself together, Humpty! Turn your sunny side up and scramble to your feet!" My son really enjoyed reading/listening along and thought the skateboard was a cool touch. It has easy page turning and illustrations that complement the story/song nicely.
The book also has a little bit of interactivity with sound effects, mostly of Humpty's skateboard careening out of control and a great 'egg breaking' sound when tapping on Humpty himself. Overall this is a nice little book and the print title got 5 stars from several reviewers at Amazon.com. It's probably my favorite adaptation of Humpty Dumpty, since my little one still appreciates a kiss when he gets hurt. Very cute!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Dennis Hysom/Christine Walker
6 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
Humpty Dumpty is an egg shaped little boy who falls off his skateboard and cracks his shell. The tale dates back in print to the 1803 title, "Mother Goose's Melody". This version portrays Humpty as a little egg-shaped boy who falls off his skateboard. He is brought to the doctor, baker and architect but no one can repair the damage. When they take him to the tailor, Wooley Cat himself, he suggests calling Humpty's mom. She rushes over, filled with worry. With one quick hug and magical kiss, Humpty is on the mend. The story ends with, "Love and care can pull you back when you fall apart!"