Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!

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Harriet Harris doesn't mean to be pesky. Sometimes she just is. And her mother doesn't mean to lose her temper. Sometimes she just does. But Harriet and her mother know that even when they do things they wish they hadn't, they still love each other very much. Inspired by the tenderness and turmoil of their relationships with their own children, Mem Fox and Marla Frazee have created a gentle, hilarious-and wild-book that will resonate in the hearts of parents and children everywhere. -From the author of the ...
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Overview

Harriet Harris doesn't mean to be pesky. Sometimes she just is. And her mother doesn't mean to lose her temper. Sometimes she just does. But Harriet and her mother know that even when they do things they wish they hadn't, they still love each other very much. Inspired by the tenderness and turmoil of their relationships with their own children, Mem Fox and Marla Frazee have created a gentle, hilarious-and wild-book that will resonate in the hearts of parents and children everywhere. -From the author of the bestselling Time for Bed and the illustrator of the enormously popular The Seven Silly Eaters - Ideal for Mother's Day - Offers a realistic and loving solution to a universal parenting problem - Encourages discussion between parents and children 9 X 9. Full-color illustrations

When a young girl has a series of mishaps at home one day, her mother tries not to lose her temper--and does not quite succeed.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Harriet is what grown-ups refer to as a handful. Through the course of a day, the youngster, perhaps accidentally, knocks over her juice, drips paint from her picture onto the carpet and slides off her chair at lunchtime, taking the tablecloth with her. Her mother, who "didn't like to yell," handles each incident with good-humored restraint: "Harriet, my darling child. Harriet, you'll drive me wild. Harriet, sweetheart, what are we to do?" But at naptime, Harriet gets on her mother's last nerve when she intentionally rips open a feather pillow: "Then Harriet's mother began to yell./ She yelled and yelled and yelled." It's a situation that may well ring true for every family, and Fox (Sleepy Bears), in a rhythm well known to her fans, resolves it with good sense and warmth (mother and daughter apologize to each other, share a giggle and embark on clean-up together). Visually, the book never strikes a false note: Frazee's (The Seven Silly Eaters) handsome domestic vignettes, framed by generous white space, are realistic and reassuring. All this authenticity, however, adds up to something less than compelling--the book ultimately feels more like a parenting article than something children will clamor to hear and see again. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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"Harriet is what grown-ups refer to as a handful, and her mother handles each incident with good-humored restraint," wrote PW. "Visually, the book never strikes a false note." Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Harriet Harris, the child in this story, doesn't mean to get into mischief but it finds her anyway. Whether it's knocking over orange juice, dribbling jam all over her, or dripping paint on the carpet, Harriet seems to create quite a mess. Throughout the story, the mother somehow keeps her patience and gently tells Harriet that she'll drive her wild. Harriet is always very sorry, but that does not stop her from her next misadventure. Finally, the mother loses her temper and yells at Harriet. The illustrations capture the mother's frazzled face and Harriet's very sorry, big, brown eyes. Happily, the situation is resolved lovingly and the story ends sweetly. This heart-warming account would be a perfect gift for the mother of a young child--it is a little wild, very funny, and full of love. 2000, Harcourt Inc., Ages 3 up, $16.00. Reviewer: Lisa Hillstrom
Heather Vogel Frederick
As always, Fox writes with a light touch, going straight to the heart of preschool concerns with affection and wit, while her impeccable timing and repetitive phrases ensure a prime read-aloud experience. Marla Frazee's delicate illustrations broaden the inherent humor in the tale as she depicts the impish Harriet's innocent misrule in a series of color-washed vignettes. Whether seated bottom-up at the breakfast table, feeding jam to her dog with a spoon or standing guilt-stricken amid a blizzard of pillow feathers, the Harriet she envisions is a thoroughly engaging character, one whose acquaintance readers will be delighted to make.
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Kirkus Reviews
Fox offers a wry look at the often-tumultuous life of a toddler and her harried mother. Harriet is a typical young child: spilled juice, sticky jam, and broken crockery follow in her wake over the course of an ordinary day. Her mom tries very hard not to yell or get upset; after all, Harriet is always genuinely sorry. Yet, when Harriet's pillow bursts during "quiet" time, so does her mother's temper. In the aftermath of the outburst, mother and daughter apologize and the tale ends on an upbeat note as the two recognize the silliness of their situation and, feather-bedecked, clean up the room. Fox's brief sentences capture the essence of everyday childhood catastrophes, e.g., "At lunch, Harriet slid off her chair and the tablecloth came with her, just like that." Young children can appreciate Harriet's predicament as she unintentionally wreaks havoc everywhere she goes. Fox's sympathetic tale reassures readers that mistakes and angry outbursts do not alter the loving relationship between parent and child. Frazee's lively illustrations sparkle as each of Harriet's little episodes is depicted in humorous detail. Clearly drawn and colorful, they are a witty counterpart to the story. The story, insightful and with ample doses of gentle humor, should prove a soothing balm for exasperated moms and their busy little bees. (Picture book. 3-7)
From the Publisher
"A most successful team effort."—The Horn Book

"Lively illustrations sparkle . . . [This book] should prove a soothing balm for exasperated moms and their busy little bees."—Kirkus Reviews

"Harriet . . . is a thoroughly engaging character, one whose acquaintance readers will be delighted to make."—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152019778
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.29 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures, an ALA Notable Children's Book. Her picture book A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever received a Caldecott Honor in 2009. She lives with her family in Pasadena, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2005

    Great book

    I work with 3 year olds and they love it. It show them that even adults get upset sometimes .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    A classic mother-daughter tale

    As the mom of an energetic, strong-willed, creative girl (who also happens to be named Harriet,) I found this story of a mother and daughter who make mistakes, apologize, forgive each other, and find the energy to be silly again completely beautiful and real. I thank the author for capturing such an everyday scenario and reminding us that nobody is perfect, and that at any moment we can be vulnerable and more intimate with our children if we choose to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2000

    Another winner for Frazee!

    Our family just HAD to buy 'Harriet' because we have and love ALL of Marla Frazee's beautiful picture books. Mem Fox's story of a mom that finally 'yelled and yelled' is wonderful and real. The perfect match for the warm, funny, comforting and wonderfully real illustrations that Frazee is loved so much for. Add this one to your collection too!

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