Previously appearing in The Crunchy, Munchy Christmas Tree, series stars (and siblings) Harry and Emily return for a nearly calamitous holiday in Easter Egg Disaster: A Harry and Emily Adventure by Karen Gray Ruelle. Despite their best intentions, the pair breaks copious quantities of eggs and discovers-too late-that boots and radiators turn out to be less-than-ideal hiding places for hardboiled or chocolate eggs. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Harry and his younger sister Emily are getting ready to dye some Easter eggs. Unfortunately when they start out, the eggs are fresh out of the box and several break. When they try blowing out the contents and thus having an empty shell to paint those also become a cracked mess. Finally, Harry tells Emily that the eggs should be hardboiled first. Then they try decorating with crayons and dye. They really are having a good time, but then get carried away using the various colors so they all end up with the same look. The two decide to create an Easter Egg hunt for their parents. They hide the eggs, along with some chocolate ones, in unusual places. Disasters just keep compounding as their parents find eggs in boots, hats, and the oven. The kids have created another fine mess. Wow, things have really not turned out well. Harry and Emily fear that the Easter Bunny will not visit them and leave any goodies. The ending is a pleasant surprise and a lesson too. The simple illustrations are a good match for the story. And the little lessons about mixing colors and saying you are sorry and the happy ending are just right for the target age group. A "Holiday HouseReader" Level 2. 2004, Holiday House, Ages 6 to 7.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this beginning chapter book, siblings Harry and Emily suffer several mishaps while decorating Easter eggs. A number of raw eggs crack before the kittens decide that they might have better luck if the eggs were hard-boiled. Then, after overzealously mixing together too many colored dyes, they end up with a "mud-brown" mess. They hide their unattractive eggs along with some chocolate ones in their father's shoes, in the oven, and in other inopportune places, all with disastrous results. The young cats worry that their displeased parents will send the Easter Bunny away, but everything works out in the end. Ample white space surrounds the text, and the story, written with simple vocabulary, will entertain emerging readers. The serviceable illustrations have a childlike quality and complement the narrative.-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.