Hattie the Bad 05/17/11
Harriet likes books with characters who have her own name. We don't call her Hattie but she uses it when playing video games. So I had to check out Hattie the Bad by Jane Devlin.
But then I felt guilty about it. What if she thought I thought she's bad, I worried. I read the book myself and found it hilarious. Hattie's got a thing for orange paint and frogs, but I still didn't read it to Harriet.
Instead, I chickened out and put the book amongst the other library picture books. I didn't mention it was there; she can read well enough to read the titles. She quickly found it, read it herself, giggled and then insisted that I read to her (in case she missed anything).
Hattie gets bored of being bad and decides to be good. She's as good at being good as she is at being bad. She's too good for her own good and in her moment of triumph comes to her senses and regains her bad streak.
Hattie the Bad ended up being a hit with both Harriet and Sean and got many re-reads before it had to go back to the library.