Title: Hurry Home, Harriet
Author: Lucy Barnard
Illustrator: Lucy Barnard
Harriet is feeling miserable. Her friends have forgotten today is her birthday. She goes to town to buy herself a birthday-cake-for-one. Despite her disappointment, she still takes the time to offer a helping hand to her friends, whom she bumps into on her way home. But where are her friends going? Could they be on their way to a surprise party?
Right from the start, Lucy has set a scene that so many will be able to recognise – the fear that their birthday has gone unnoticed with no celebration.
What makes this book so enjoyable is that we the readers are in on the surprise because Lucy has put in little clues so children can guess that Harriet’s friends are in their way to her surprise party.
Who doesn’t love a surprise birthday party? Wrap that up in a picture book and you’ve got a winning combination. I was always going to like reading this book because my little girl is obsessed with (other people’s) birthday parties. Lucy has taken a well-known concept and fictionalised it into a lovely, heart warming story of friendship, kindness and celebration.
Publisher: QED, Quarto Kids
Publication date: 18 February 2020
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with an advanced digital copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.