Harriet's Had Enough!by Elissa Haden Guest, Paul Meisel
Harriet’s fed up! She and Mama had a big fight, and now Harriet’s planning to run away. Grandma’s kisses won’t stop her. Papa’s spaghetti sauce won’t stop her. Mama’s cozy sweater won’t stop/b>
This funny, endearingly honest tale of tempers lost and tenderness found is sure to appeal to spirited readers everywhere.
Harriet’s fed up! She and Mama had a big fight, and now Harriet’s planning to run away. Grandma’s kisses won’t stop her. Papa’s spaghetti sauce won’t stop her. Mama’s cozy sweater won’t stop her...or will it? Elissa Haden Guest and Paul Meisel have teamed up to present a charming story of misbehavior, fury, and forgiveness that will be familiar to anyone, big or small, who has had an argument with a loved one.
A child's rebellious outburst is lovingly resolved in this slight story. Harriet refuses to pick up her toys, and her mother is angry. When she tells her grandmother and father that she will run away because "Mama's mean," they explain that everyone has chores to complete. Grandma succinctly explains, "That's life, honey-bun." Harriet's shifting emotions are conveyed through her varied expressions. Intricate strokes add depth and texture to this raccoon family. Soft watercolor, acrylic, and gouache illustrations suit the subject. Pale blue skies and sprawling grass enhance the vivid outdoor settings; the rosy pinks and golden tans convey the warmth of the family home. While this selection may not depict the emotional range of Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry (Scholastic, 1999), its sweet resolution is soothing and satisfying.-Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
Meet the Author
Elissa Haden Guest is the author of the best-selling Iris and Walter early reader series. HARRIET'S HAD ENOUGH! is her first picture book. She lives in San Francisco.
Paul Meisel has illustrated more than thirty books for young readers, including WHAT'S THE MATTER IN MR. WHISKER'S ROOM? by Michael Elsohn Ross and DEAR BABY by Sarah Sullivan. Paul Meisel lives in Newtown, Connecticut.
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