Humpty Dumpty Jr.: Hardboiled Detective: The Mystery Of Merlin And The Gruesome Ghost


Humpty is a good egg. He is willing to take on Rat as a partner, but there are two conditions: Rat has to take a bath and go to school. While Rat was stating his position, Humpty tuned him out and started reading the paper. The police need help finding the boss of the Potty Mouth Gang. But then came the knock at the door. Princess Lily needed help. There is a ghost at the prestigious Merlin Institute, where she is a student. It didn't take long for the detectives to see that something was wrong. Can that crack the case?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Witty cliche, humor, and lots of action fill this mystery that brings King Arthur and Merlin to New York!

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

No sooner had we finished the first book, when our daughter wanted to read this one. We devoured it in just a few days. She likes quoting Rat, and was particularly impressed that the hero was a girl ... a princess no less! There is an ad in the back announcing that the next title arrives in 2009. Every couple days she asks us when the next book is coming out.

Parent Reaction

Yes, the humor may be juvenile, but you can't help but laugh out loud. What makes this book fun is sharing it with your child and laughing together. The writing is very clever, complete with New Yolk scenery and accents!

Type of Book:
This is the second title in this humor mystery series for elementary school readers.
Educational Themes:

This is a story meant to get kids excited about reading. It is a great book for resistant or dormant readers, as well as kids just ready to start longer independent books.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 and Up
Age of child:
Read with girl nearly 7 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The writing is clever, and the story will induce laughter. It is sure to strike every boy's funny bone.

Title The Mystery of Merlin and the Gruesome Ghost

Humpty Dumpty Jr: Hardboiled Detective, Book 1

Author Nate Evans, Paul Hindman
Publisher Jabberwocky, Sourcebooks Imprint © 2008
Illustrators Vince Evans, Nate Evans
ISBN 9781402212468
Material Hard Cover
Cost $4.99
Genres Mystery, Humor, Crime
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