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Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!

By Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Simple story isn't quite right for target audience.

Book Mem Fox Family Life 2000
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It’s hard to tell whether this book is intended for a toddler who gets into everything and is occasionally yelled at, or for a toddler's mother who, at times, loses patience and yells. The book doesn't fit either group: The toddler won't understand the subtle concepts involving accidents, impatience, and losing one's temper, and a mother might feel guilty about being upset with her kids.

Although the text is appropriate for first-graders who read on their own, the subject matter is too babyish for them; kids like to read about kids their own age or 1 to 2 years older. On a positive note, both Harriet's and her mother's faces show a wide array of emotions in Marla Frazee's realistic illustrations. Anger, frustration, and final loss of control are wonderfully drawn on the bug-eyed mom, and it's obvious Harriet is truly sorry for her spills.

Book Details

  • Author: Mem Fox
  • Illustrator: Marla Frazee
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace
  • Publication date: January 1, 2000
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 30
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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