Harriet gets carried away

Jessie Sima

Book - 2018

While shopping with her two dads for supplies for her birthday party, Harriet, who is wearing a penguin costume, is carried away by a waddle of penguins and must hatch a plan in order to get herself back to the store in the city.--Provided by Publisher.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9781481469111
1481469118
Main Author
Jessie Sima (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

For Harriet, brown-skinned and endearingly freckled, costumes are an everyday affair, so it comes as no surprise to her dads when she puts on a penguin outfit and bow tie for their shopping trip. This birthday-party supply run becomes quite the adventure when Harriet wanders into the store's freezer section and finds a large group of penguins. Swept up in the waddling black-and-white mass, Harriet gleefully follows the penguins through the city to a field, where several candy-striped hot-air balloons wait. She joins some penguins in a basket but isn't far into the Antarctic journey when she realizes she'd rather be back at the store with her dads. And so the adventure home begins. Sima's (Not Quite Narwhal, 2017) soft Photoshop illustrations radiate Harriet's joie de vivre and imagination, whisking readers along through paneled spreads and dramatic scenes. The primarily purple palette surrounds the action with warmth, as does the obvious love Harriet's dads—one black, one white, and both wearing wedding bands—have for their daughter. A sweet celebration of family, individuality, and costumery. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Dress-up-loving Harriet wears costumes everywhere; in one early scene, Sima (Not Quite Narwhal) shows her in the dentist's chair, opening her mouth wide while inside an equally toothy dinosaur outfit. Dressed as a penguin, Harriet—who has dark skin, curly hair, and two fathers—heads to the grocery store with her dads before her birthday party, where she discovers a group of actual penguins replenishing their supply of bagged ice. Before she knows it, Harriet is aloft with them in their hot-air balloon, headed back to their polar home. Readers who fear that Harriet will be marooned or miss her birthday party will relax as an orca and a flock of pigeons help bring her back to the store, and the party goes off without a hitch. Harriet is a resourceful city child, the kind of girl who has no problem negotiating with an orca (she trades her red bow tie for a lift). The narrator's offhand, unruffled voice ("So Harriet called in a favor from some friends she knew") makes Harriet's intrepid adventure a delightful readaloud. Ages 4–8. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary.(Mar.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—A young girl in a penguin costume sets off to pick out some birthday hats and gets a little carried away. Harriet lives in the big city with her two dads. She absolutely loves costumes and wears them whenever she can, not just to costume parties or for Halloween. On the day of her birthday party, Harriet puts on her special errand-running Penguin costume, and she and her dads head to the store to pick up party supplies. But when she encounters a group of real penguins Harriet gets a little carried away, and before she realizes her mistake she's on a hot air balloon heading to Antarctica. Harriet is determined to get home for her party, and after a few failed escape attempts she does find her way back to her dads in time to pick out party hats. The language is silly and sweet, and the digital illustrations are filled with tiny details and soothing pastels. Harriet's numerous costumes are cute, and the pages are populated by a diverse group of children and adults. VERDICT Children will enjoy this clever and affectionate tale with an exuberant young protagonist. Probably best enjoyed one-on-one as readers will love watching Harriet bring magic and imagination to the world around her.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

While shopping with her two dads for supplies for her birthday party, Harriet, who is wearing a penguin costume, is carried away by a waddle of penguins and must hatch a plan in order to get herself back to the store in the city.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From the author and illustrator of the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal comes a sweet and funny story about remembering where you belong, no matter how far you roam, or what you're wearing when you get there.Harriet loves costumes. She wears them to the dentist, to the supermarket, and most importantly, to her super-special dress-up birthday party. Her dads have decorated everything for the party and Harriet has her most favorite costume all picked out for the big day. There's just one thing missing'party hats!But when Harriet dons her special penguin errand-running costume and sets out to find the perfect ones, she finds something else instead'real penguins! Harriet gets carried away with the flock. She may look like a penguin, but she's not so sure she belongs in the arctic. Can Harriet manage her way back to her dads (and the party hats!) in time for her special day?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the author and illustrator of the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal comes a sweet and funny story about remembering where you belong, no matter how far you roam, or what you’re wearing when you get there.Harriet loves costumes. She wears them to the dentist, to the supermarket, and most importantly, to her super-special dress-up birthday party. Her dads have decorated everything for the party and Harriet has her most favorite costume all picked out for the big day. There’s just one thing missing—party hats!But when Harriet dons her special penguin errand-running costume and sets out to find the perfect ones, she finds something else instead—real penguins! Harriet gets carried away with the flock. She may look like a penguin, but she’s not so sure she belongs in the arctic. Can Harriet manage her way back to her dads (and the party hats!) in time for her special day?