Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild

written by Mem Fox, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Harriet doesn't mean to get into mischief but sometimes things just happen. Her mother doesn't like to yell but, when she finally loses her temper . . .

Harriet, perhaps accidentally, knocks over her juice, drips paint from her picture onto the carpet and slides off her chair at lunchtime, taking the tablecloth with her.

"Harriet, my darling child.
Harriet, you'll drive me wild.
Harriet, sweetheart, what are we to do?"

She finally gets on her mother's last nerve when she intentionally rips open a feather pillow and "There was a terrible silence." And then her mother started to yell. Most every child can relate to the situations in the story and will be relieved and comforted by the happy ending.

The illustrations are done in pencils and transparent drawing inks and have a gentle softness to them. The charming domestic scenes, framed by generous white space, are realistic and reassuring. They capture the emotions clearly, especially mother's increasingly frazzled face and Harriet's very sorry, big, brown eyes.