Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Harriet Harris doesn't mean to be pesky. Sometimes she just is. And her mother doesn't mean to lose her temper. Sometimes she just does. But Harriet and her mother know that even when they do things they wish they hadn't, they still love each other very much. Inspired by the tenderness and turmoil of their relationships with their own children, Mem Fox and Marla Frazee have created a gentle, hilarious—and wild—book that will resonate in the hearts of parents and children everywhere. •From the author of the bestselling Time for Bed and the illustrator of the enormously popular The Seven Silly Eaters • Ideal for Mother's Day • Offers a realistic and loving solution to a universal parenting problem • Encourages discussion between parents and children
 

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User Review  - TriciaETaylor - LibraryThing

Harriet is a child to whom accidents simply happen. Every time Harriet spills or breaks something her mom tells her she is driving her wild; but each time Harriet says she is sorry. For the times when frustration could potentially lead to yelling and tears, it leads instead to smiling and laughter. Read full review

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User Review  - cmbeck - LibraryThing

A young girl has a series of mishaps and although mother is trying not to be upset, she does. But even though it happens, they still know one another loves them. Ages 4 and up Pierce college Library Read full review

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Australian writer, Mem Fox was born on March 5th, 1946 in Melbourne. At the age of six months, she and her parents who were missionaries moved to Zimbabwe and she attended the mission school there. At the age of eighteen, she left Zimbabwe and attended a drama school in London. She eventually returned to Australia where she was a college professor. She held the position as Associate Professor, Literacy Studies, in the School of Education at Flinders University, South Australia. Fox is considered Australia's most popular children's author. Her title Possum Magic, a title dedicated to her daughter, is the best-selling picture book in Australia. It was also named a Highly Commended Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia and Best Children's Book in the 1984 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. Night Noises was a Notable Children's Book in Language Arts, and a 1990 Horn Book Fanfare selection. It was also named by Redbook magazine as one of the ten best picture books of 1989. Other titles written by Fox include Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Time for Bed, Koala Lou, Wombat Divine, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hello Baby!, A Giraffe in the Bath (co-written with Olivia Rawson), Count Goats!, and The Little Dragon. Fox has written over twenty picture books for children and several others for adults. Other awards received by Fox include the 1990 Dromkeen Medal for distinguished services to children's literature, a 1991 Advance Australia Award for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature and a medal in the 1993 Australia Day Honours awards for services to the cultural life of Australia. Although writing is her profession now, teaching is her first love. In addition to writing, she is an international literacy consultant who is in great demand to speak at literacy conferences nationally and internationally.

Marla Frazee was born in Los Angeles, California on January 16, 1958. She received a bachelor of fine arts at Art Center College of Design in 1981. After graduating from college, she worked for various companies in advertising, educational publishing, toys, games, and magazines. In 1990, she illustrated her first book, World Famous Muriel and the Magic Mystery, written by Sue Alexander. She has also illustrated The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox, the Clementine chapter book series by Sara Pennypacker, and Stars by Mary Lyn Ray. In 2003, she wrote and illustrated Roller Coaster. Her other works include The Boss Baby, Walk On!, and Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert. She received a 2009 Caldecott Honor for A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever and a 2010 Caldecott Honor for All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon.

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