Harriet's Had Enough!

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
A huge tiff with her mom over the tidiness of her toy room leads Harriet, a spunky little raccoon, to resort to rudeness and copycatting. Momma picks up the bad girl and brings her directly to her room to think about her back-talking and slovenly behavior. Harriet determines she is "fed up, too!" and makes the necessary preparations for running away from home. With suitcase in hand, she is distracted from her course when her grandfather calls her from the garden. Grandpa hugs her goodbye and lets her go to get back to pulling weeds. Harriet cannot leave without saying goodbye to her dad and he, too, says he will miss her, but he has to "clean up [the] pots and pans." Mama is waiting on the porch for Harriet, where they "turn [the] day around" by forgiving each other. Apologies abound, and the bunch gets ready for a special spaghetti dinner. It may not be the natural diet of raccoons, but they certainly enjoy it. Watercolor, acrylic, and gouache create a cozy, but defined raccoon home. A keen eye will spot a tiny, fuzzy houseguest of the order Rodentia on several pages. Modern parenting and some mild sass make this a good choice for fans of Fancy Nancy. It is sure to circulate well. It is recommended for all public libraries. Reviewer: Kristy Lyn Sutorius
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

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

Kirkus Reviews
A youngster's refusal to tidy up leads to a big argument with her mother. When a fresh remark lands Harriet in time out, she decides to run away in rebellion. As she leaves, Harriet encounters her grandmother and father. While their remarkably nonchalant attitude about her desertion-Grandma gives kisses goodbye and Papa asks her to call-does little to dissuade her, Harriet's final encounter with her mother leads to a change of heart. Harriet's family handles her imminent and very diva-like departure with aplomb. Young readers will be reassured by the tale's comforting message that a family's love is constant despite a little one's minor-or histrionically major-upheavals. Meisel's watercolor, acrylic and gouache illustrations depict a cleverly detailed raccoon-family home ensconced within a tree. This amusing peek at a common childhood scenario and its peaceable resolution will satisfy children and parents alike. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763634544
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 956,935
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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