Mail Harry to the Moon!
Robie H. Harris & Michael Emberley
Little, Brown & Co., 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
fter reading the title, I immediately wondered who's Harry? Harry is the infant brother of the young narrator, who immediately embarks on a rant about how hard life has become since Harry arrived, relating his own reactions. He begins, '
Before Harry was born, there was ME!
hen Harry bites his banana, spits up, chews big brother's gorilla, takes over Grandma's lap, and screams all night, our irritated protagonist wants to: throw baby brother in the trash; flush him down the toilet; stick him in the zoo; put him '
back inside Mommy
'; and '
mail Harry to the moon!
' But when Harry is nowhere to be found in the morning, his brother searches all the places he'd wished him, and even launches an imaginative lunar rescue.
obie H. Harris tells a sweet story of sibling rivalry and adjustment, ably assisted by Michael Emberley's emotive illustrations, and enlivened by the young narrator's imagination. The ending is perfect: '
Before Harry was born - there was ME. / Now there's ME AND HARRY!
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