FICTION

Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer

Norton. Sept. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781324003441.
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PreS-Gr 3–Mr. Nogginbody, who looks a lot like Humpty Dumpty with a suit and derby, loves to slide in his socks…until a protruding nail in the floorboards ruins his fun. He rushes to Dan’s Hardware and gets himself a big, red hammer. On his first try, he knocks the loose nail right out of its hole; on the second, he slams his thumb. The third is a charm; encouraged, “Mr. Fix-It” rushes around the house looking for other nails to fix. Unfortunately, his enthusiasm results in a smashed picture frame, lamp, and shower head. “This nail is leaking! Flggst blt!” Then, Shannon takes it to the next level; Mr. Nogginbody mistakes a flower, prairie dog, sprinkler head, chess piece, and fly for a nail and really “fixes” them. Finally, there is an epiphany. “Whoa…Maybe I can’t fix everything with a hammer. Because not everything is a nail!” Once again, the author of the wildly popular “No, David” books has hit the nail on the head. Readers will laugh at the silly antics of the clueless protagonist, who, just like “David,” redeems himself in the end.
VERDICT The humorous concept and brief text married to hilarious illustrations make this a great choice for storytime or one-on-one sharing.

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