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Hattie The Bad Hardcover – April 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734470
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—Hattie trumpets such naughtiness as tagging her brother in a yard sale, tying her father's car keys to a helium balloon, and surprising her mother with live frogs in the refrigerator. At first, her unruly behavior wins applause from her peers—until their parents put a stop to their playing together. Then, Hattie decides to be good—even winning a television competition to be "the best behaved child ever." But, a too-good-to-be-true Hattie is not her style either (no one wants to play with her). On the night of the televised award, she shows her true colors by yelling "UNDERPANTS!" and turning a somersault revealing her skull-and-crossbones panties, and finds that mixing bad behavior with a "teensy bit of good" suits her just fine. Cleverly portrayed, Hattie's mischievous actions will surely elicit giggles, and the details provide much to discover and discuss. Berger embellishes his expressive black-line drawings with bright colors, and his illustrations bring a well-considered pace to the story. An eye-catching dust jacket features Hattie, paint bucket and brush in hand, just finished scrawling "Hattie the Bad" in orange paint across the book cover.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
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Hattie is bad for one simple reason: bad is good—because it’s fun! She has a great time breaking rules, and all the kids want to play with her. But when disapproving parents keep their children away, Hattie develops a radical idea: she will become the perfect child. She soon comes to a new realization, though: good is bad. None of the other kids wants to play with her anymore, particularly since their nagging parents hold them to Hattie’s exemplary standards. There’s only one solution: to be truly, unequivocally BAD. On live television, no less. Combining some of the thrilling mischief of Eloise and the artistic pizzaz of Olivia, Hattie is a no-holds-barred heroine whose rambunctious spirit is well matched by the conversational narrative and splashy, riotous illustrations. Grown-ups might shriek in alarm, but children will enjoy Hattie’s subversive panache. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kara Dean

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy on April 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book had so much potential. It's well written and the illustrations are beautiful. However, the story concludes with Hattie deciding that there's no point in being good. What kind of message is that for children? I won't read this to my daughter again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeannette Newman on August 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am writing this review to warn all people who are thinking of buying this book after reading the glowing endorsements from some of the people here. The message in this book is that if you are really bad e.g. scaring people, painting frogs red, screaming, it will cause you to be popular and everyone will want to play with you. If you are good you will be a total bore with no friends. If that is the message you want to give your kids, then buy this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sally Sheils on April 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I first read the book to four different classes in school ranging in age from 4 years old to 7/8 years old. The children absolutely loved the book and wrote to the author Jane Devlin who, much to their delight, wrote back. A number of the children then insisted that their parents buy it and then looked for it every night as their story. It's really funny and enjoyable to read to children. Well done to Jane and I look forward to seeing more of her books in print. She has a real insight into a child's sense of humour. Sally Sheils
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book since it was on sale for $2.
No wonder it was so cheap, it has a terrible, terrible message.

When Hattie is bad she has fun and everyone wants to be her friend.
When Hattie is good, no one wants to be her friend.

She decides to go back to being bad with a tiny bit of good too, and everyone wants to be her friend again...what kind of messed up message is that?!

I'm throwing this book in the trash!

(nice illustrations though)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Layman on June 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Hattie is bad but parents won't let their kids play with her, so she decides to be good but she's boring when she's good even though grown-ups love her then, so she goes back to being bad and gets all her friends back. What a terrible message for kids! No thank you.
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i like the artwork in the book that's why i rented it at the library - hoping that there would be a nice moral at the end of the story...wishful thinking - what kind of person writes books like this for children? its awful! why cultivating an image of a misbehaving little monster seams appropriate for this author is a mystery to me.
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