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Title:
Harriet, you'll drive me wild
Author:
Fox, Mem, 1946-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
When a young girl has a series of mishaps at home one day, her mother tries not to lose her temper--and does not quite succeed.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 280 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 41007.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 25112 Guided reading level: G.
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ISBN:
9780152019778
Format :
Book

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Summary

Harriet Harris doesn't mean to be pesky. Sometimes she just is. And her mother doesn't mean to lose her temper. Sometimes she just does. But Harriet and her mother know that even when they do things they wish they hadn't, they still love each other very much. Inspired by the tenderness and turmoil of their relationships with their own children, Mem Fox and Marla Frazee have created a gentle, hilarious--and wild--book that will resonate in the hearts of parents and children everywhere. *From the author of the bestselling Time for Bed and the illustrator of the enormously popular The Seven Silly Eaters * Ideal for Mother's Day * Offers a realistic and loving solution to a universal parenting problem * Encourages discussion between parents and children


Author Notes

Mem Fox was born on March 5, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia. She attended a drama school in London. She returned to Australia where she was a college professor.

She writes children's books including Possum Magic, Night Noises, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Time for Bed, Koala Lou, Wombat Divine, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hello Baby!, A Giraffe in the Bath (co-written with Olivia Rawson), Count Goats!, and The Little Dragon. She has also written several books for adults.

She has received numerous awards including the 1990 Dromkeen Medal for distinguished services to children's literature, a 1991 Advance Australia Award for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature, and a medal in the 1993 Australia Day Honours awards for services to the cultural life of Australia.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-4. It's a scenario that nearly every young preschooler--and loving parent--will recognize. Harriet is a pesky kid. She doesn't mean to be (she says), and she's always really sorry after she knocks over her juice, drips paint on the carpet, rips open a feather pillow, and creates mayhem and mess. Her increasingly exasperated mother starts off with affectionate protest ("My darling child"), but under the sweetness, Mother's anger is rising, until, finally, she yells and yells and yells. Harriet cries, her mother is sorry, and they hug each other and laugh together. As in Hush, Little Baby [BKL N 15 99], Frazee's colored pencil and ink illustrations extend the story with unexpected angles, details, and juxtapositions that will make kids laugh at the mess and look closely at the expressions of temper and affection. What's great here is that as the tension rises and rises, you can't wait for the sweetness to go away, the pent-up anger to be released, and have mother and child be open about their feelings. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

"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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Mem Fox's picture book (Harcourt, 2000) receives standard iconographic video treatment here. Harriet is a toddler who makes age-appropriate mistakes-knocking over her juice, dribbling jam on her clothes, dripping paint on the carpet-but she never means to, and she always says she's sorry. Her patient mother handles the mishaps with grace-until Harriet destroys a pillow when she's supposed to be napping, and her mother starts to yell. Mom and daughter make up with a hug and apologies on both sides. Debra Leigh narrates the tale, capturing with aplomb the frustrated voice of the mother and the petulant tone of the toddler. The camera scans Marla Frazee's expressive pastel pencil-and-ink illustrations. This simple tale is a reminder that grownups as well as kids can make mistakes and say they are sorry.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.