Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!

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Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media
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Simple story isn't quite right for target audience.

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Parents need to know that this simple story and soft illustrations may draw young children in, but the text won't hold them.

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What's the story?

Harriet drives her mother crazy with her pesky antics in this funny book.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about emotions -- specifically, anger and control. Is it ever OK to yell? If so, in what situation(s)? Can you think of better ways to express anger or disapproval?

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