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Getting Used to Harry Hardcover – September 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (NY); Ex-library edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531094944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531094945
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,018,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

From the high-spirited first spread (depicting the wedding of narrator Cynthia's mother, Inky, and Harry "the shoe store man"), it's evident that this engaging book will take no getting used to at all. But Harry is an other issue. Dancing with Harry and Inky during the wedding celebration, Cynthia is ready to agree when the affable fellow gleefully declares, "Isn't love the berries!" But after he and Inky "toodle-ooed off to the mountains" on their honeymoon, Cynthia decides, "Love is the pits." And when they return, Cynthia finds Harry's omnipresence overwhelming: "Harry is coming out of our ears," she confides to her grandmother. As expected, the magnanimous Harry and Cynthia eventually bond (during a walk outdoors one night when she can't sleep), bringing Best's (Taxi! Taxi!) funny, heartwarming tale to a reassuring close. Palmisciano (illustrator of the Jenny Archer books) contributes ebullient, motion-filled art that, like the text, keenly and wittily targets kids' emotions. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?This story beautifully explores a touchy topic?getting used to a new stepparent. Cynthia and Harry get along well, but it is difficult for Cynthia to share her mother. Barefoot ballet, peppermint shampoos for Pansy the dog, and giant ice-cream sundaes have given way to Harry's dancing, Harry's sneezing at Pansy, and Harry's gourmet cooking. Cynthia and Harry finally get to know one another and better understand each other's habits after a nighttime flashlight walk around the neighborhood. Mom also makes more time for Cynthia in the end, reviving barefoot ballet and those visits to the ice-cream parlor. Palmisciano's illustrations are comfortable, warm, and comical, breathing life into the characters. Use this picture book with family units to show the problems and solutions that often arise in conjunction with remarriage.?Lisa Marie Gangemi, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Cari Best grew up in New York City in an extended European family dominated by confident, beautiful women who loved to talk. As a result, she became more comfortable with the written word as opposed to the one spoken.

A graduate of the City University of New York, she also received a Master's Degree in Library Science from Drexel University, landing a job as the first librarian at the newly built headquarters of the International Reading Association in Newark, Delaware. She served as Editorial Director at a film company for 18 years while raising three children, numerous dogs and seeing the world.

Many of Cari Best's picture books depict real life problems and joys that children encounter: disappointment, shyness, bullying, learning to ride a bike, bake a pie, celebrate a loved one's special day - and show a realistic and satisfying outcome in each case, creating a sense of hope and accomplishment.

Cari Best lives in Connecticut where she walks, gardens, laughs and reads a lot.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It's a great & touching account, told from a child's point of view, of a child who has to get used to a new stepfather. Almost against her will, she comes to like the irresistable Harry. A few heartwarming scenes of a mother & a new husband in love. Great.
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