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
"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
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.|
"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.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
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.
The New York Times Book Review
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)