Beyond the Wall

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
32 Pages
Reviewed on 11/20/2017
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Reviewed by Scherry Jenkins for Readers' Favorite

Oh my! This is one of the more delightful children's books I have read in quite some time. The illustrations were lively and colorful, the story was unique and adorable, and the entire tale made me smile. I was hooked from the very first sentence: "The Wall had existed for longer than anyone in the Land of Farme could remember."

After Humpty Dumpty's great fall, his great-nephew, Dumpling, sets out to discover what really happened to him. A couple of eggs decided to follow him, or rather, Robin happened to be going the same way and Benedict was following Robin. Or so they said. Their adventure took them on a humorous path from the city of Carton through the town of Basket, over the Sausage Link Bridge by the Hamlet of Bacon. They had to stay clear of those chickens though! Oh yes, and there was the Water Water Everywhere Sea there too. I loved the play on words! Such wonderful names!

It appears this delightful tale was both written and illustrated by Michael Verrett. I sincerely applaud both talents. The illustrations depicted a fairy tale setting with bright, vivid colors and creative characters. Using a play on an old time fairy tale rhyme, Michael Verrett brings these new and charmingly named characters to life with humorous dialogue and brilliant drawings. I heartily recommend this book to children of all ages. I can't wait to read it to my grandchildren. It's eggs-actly the kind of book that will make them chuckle.

Scherry Jenkins

Ms. Jenkins made my day with her opening sentence of the critique. The idea for the story came about earlier this year while seated mildly bored at a book conference. I am glad that Ms. Jenkins picked up on the many play on words (some more obscure than others) since my stories are intended to entertain all level of readers.