After an altercation with her mother over picking up her toys and rude behavior, Harriet, a young raccoon, decides to run away from home. Packed and on her way, Harriet briefly encounters her grandma, who wishes her well and asks her to promise to write every day. Next, Harriet finds her papa in the kitchen, tastes his spaghetti sauce, which happens to be her favorite, has second thoughts, but continues out the door anyway. After a discussion and mutual apologies with her mother, all is forgiven, and Harriet and her family pitch in and help one another with their various chores before sitting down to a spaghetti dinner. The raccoon family and their comfortable home in the trunk of a tree are pleasantly depicted in watercolor, acrylic, and gouache. The text is simple enough for children who are slightly beyond the beginning-to-read stage, which is precisely the age group that might benefit most from this subtle lesson on interpersonal relations. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos
About the Author
Elissa Haden Guest is the author of the best-selling Iris and Walter early reader series. HARRIET'S HAD ENOUGH! is her first picture book. She lives in San Francisco.
Paul Meisel has illustrated more than thirty books for young readers, including WHAT'S THE MATTER IN MR. WHISKER'S ROOM? by Michael Elsohn Ross and DEAR BABY by Sarah Sullivan. Paul Meisel lives in Newtown, Connecticut.