The Egg Incident

The Egg Incident
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Daisy Wynter
Publisher Name
Cicada Books
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Release Date
April 02, 2024
A joyous reversal of the traditional Humpty Dumpty tale of caution! 
Humphrey is an egg. An egg with very overprotective parents. "Remember Humphrey; never run, never jump and never ever EVER sit on a wall. You remember what happened to your uncle…". 

Humphrey lives a very quiet and cautious life, until the day he bumps into Princess Jean (PJ) in the park. An adventurer through and through, PJ can’t understand why Humphrey doesn’t allow himself to have any fun. She tells him tales of all her antics and mishaps and they don’t notice the park is closing. 

Oh no! How will Humphrey get home? There’s only one way out. Over. The. Wall! When Humphrey finally faces his darkest fears, a surprising revelation lies on the other side. 

The Egg Incident is a laugh-out-loud graphic novel that will delight middle-grade readers who are tiptoeing towards independence themselves. It is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. 

Written by Ziggy Hanaor, author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel, Alte Zachen: Old Things (Cicada, 2022), and hilariously brought to life in Daisy Wynter's emotive illustrations. 

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The Egg Incident is reminiscent of the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Humphrey is an egg who lives with his overprotective parents and their many rules to keep him safe. When Humphrey meets Princess Jean (PJ for short) he learns to break out of his shell (pun intended) and enjoy the adventure of life.

It may be a short graphic novel, but this 72-page book packs a punch. Daisy Wynter's illustrations are the highlight of the book. Throughout the story, she captures the character's personality so well.

Even though Humphrey and PJ are opposites, their friendship works well. The transformation of Nervous Humphrey to an adventurous Humphrey is a result of PJ pushing Humphrey out of his comfort zone.

The Egg Incident is a fun graphic novel that flips the Humpty Dumpty story on its head providing an entertaining story.
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