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MAIL HARRY TO THE MOON! by Robie H. Harris

MAIL HARRY TO THE MOON!

By Robie H. Harris (Author) , Michael Emberley (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: May 21st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-316-15376-8
Publisher: Little, Brown

With keen understanding and a comic touch, Harris addresses the trials and travails of adjusting to a new baby in the house. Told with all the snappish disdain of an older sibling, Harris’s protagonist laments the bygone days before his little brother’s arrival. His laundry list of misdeeds inflicted by his litter brother includes nibbling on toys that do not belong to him and usurping the cozy comfort of Grandma’s lap. With each infraction, Harry’s big brother suggests solutions to the problem of Harry that become increasingly extreme, resulting in his demand that Harry be sent into orbit. Harris keeps her text simple and straightforward. While adults may cringe at the sentiments of the disenfranchised sibling—“Flush Harry down the toilet!”—young readers will relate. Emberley’s illustrations comically convey Harry’s brother’s rising disgruntlement. His over-the-top characterizations of the exaggerated requests will elicit gales of giggles from all readers, regardless of their birth order. (Picture book. 3-6)