For big sisters and little brothers in dens, burrows, and houses everywhere.
“Mildred,” said Father Muskrat, “it is true that Harvey is selfish and inconsiderate, but he is not stupid and no-good. Mildred is loudmouthed and bossy,” Father said to Harvey, “but she is not mean and rotten.”
When Mildred goes off to a big party where little brothers are not invited, Harvey finds a secret club in a secret place where big sisters are not allowed to be members. But when Harvey’s lonesomeness overpowers his stubbornness, he discovers that a secret club with two members is much better.
About the Author
Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s picture books about a badger named Frances and other animal characters that have a lot in common with children we know – Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, among others – and for a young adult novel, The Mouse and His Child. Hoban was born in Pennsylvania and served in World War II. He lived with his wife, Lillian Hoban, who illustrated many of his books, and their four children in Connecticut until 1969, when he moved to London. There he married Gundela Ahl and had three more children. In England, Hoban wrote acclaimed adult novels, including Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Riddley Walker.
Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America's favorite children's book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet, and for illustrating six of Russell Hoban's books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children's literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Harvey’s Hideout tells the story of sibling muskrats, Harvey and Mildred. They bicker and argue and try their best to shut the other out of their daily lives. After calling each other names and saying hurtful things, Harvey brags about going to a secret club where sisters aren’t allowed, and Mildred brags about a secret party she’s going to where brothers aren’t allowed. Harvey didn’t really have a secret club. He created his very own hideout on the other side of the pond, but he wished Mildred’s party allowed little brothers. While enlarging his hideout, he came upon a big surprise! Though the sibling rivalry seems a bit harsh, and the words they say to each other are hurtful, the resulting lessons learned help young readers to appreciate and value their siblings. Target age: 3-8 years Pages: 42 Opening Line: It was a quiet summer afternoon, and Harvey Muskrat was building a raft in the backyard. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Plough. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This book was one of my favorites as a kid, and re-reading it, I enjoy it just as much!