"Mail Harry to the moon!" is just one of the suggestions made by the narrator, who's suffering the displacement blues since the arrival of his annoying, attention-hogging baby brother. "Before Harry, nobody but me sat on Grandma's lap," he mourns. "Yesterday, Harry did. So I said, 'Put Harry back inside Mommy.' " But when the boy believes that Mommy and Daddy really have taken him up on the moon idea, his attitude changes dramatically. Harris and Emberley (Happy Birth Day!) are old hands at striking the right balance between comic Sturm und Drang and genuine poignancy, and their considerable talents make this otherwise familiar tale feel fresh and funnyand psychologically true. Emberley's cartooning brims with terrific shtickhe gives the hero some slow burns and outbursts worthy of Ralph Kramden. Kids will particularly appreciate Emberley's gift for staging: the final sequence, in which the narrator sets off for the moon (a laundry basket serves as rocket, a colander as space helmet), blows out any vestige of sentimentality with its full-throttle energy. Ages 36. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Mail Harry to the Moon!by Robie Harris, Michael Emberley (Illustrator)
Nobody told this older brother that having a new little brother would mean big changes, and he's FED UP! It's time to mail Harry to the moon so life can go back to the way it was before Harry: No more spit-up! No more grabbing! No more wailing in the night! But along the way, baby Harry might just help our hero see that being a big brother/b>/i>/b>
Nobody told this older brother that having a new little brother would mean big changes, and he's FED UP! It's time to mail Harry to the moon so life can go back to the way it was before Harry: No more spit-up! No more grabbing! No more wailing in the night! But along the way, baby Harry might just help our hero see that being a big brother means more than just a big nuisance-it means adventure and friendship, too.
Known for their keen grasp of the ups and downs of childhood, bestselling author-illustrator team Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley offer kids and parents a lively look at the lighter side of getting along with the baby in the house.
PreS-Gr 1- New siblings will easily relate to the angst that baby Harry causes for his older brother. "Before Harry, nobody grabbed my gorilla and chewed on its nose. Yesterday, Harry did.... Before Harry, nobody but ME sat on Grandma's lap. Yesterday, Harry did." To restore order to his once peaceful household, the boy suggests a variety of solutions. "Flush Harry down the toilet!... Stick Harry in the zoo!... Mail Harry to the moon!" One morning the house is strangely quiet, and the older sibling worries that his parents have actually sent helpless Harry to outer space. Climbing in his laundry basket spaceship, he achieves a daring rescue and even lets Harry sit on his lap for the ride home. Emberley's strong visual punch lines bring the humor to life, and the older boy's expressions clearly get his feelings across. Young listeners are sure to giggle at the various predicaments that Harry's brother envisions for him. Mail Harry to the Moon will have broad appeal for those with or without a new baby in the family.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Robie Harris is the author of award-winning, bestselling books for children. She has worked with illustrator Michael Emberley on many books, including It's Perfectly Normal! , It's So Amazing!, Happy Birth Day! and Hi New Baby!. She is also the author of the Just Being Me series, illustrated by Nicole Hollander, as well as a number of fiction picture books. Robie is acclaimed for her understanding of child development and the ability to explain issues in an accessible, honest manner.
Michael Emberley is the illustrator of the above-mentioned books by Robie Harris, along with the bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series by Mary Ann Hoberman. He has created several books of his own, including Ruby, Ruby and the Sniffs, and Dinosaurs! A Drawing Book.
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