I’m sorry to have to report that Harriet the Spy was the first character voted off of the ship in our summer reading game. Still onboard our ship The Barnacle are the Pigeon, Olivia, Captain Underpants, Harry Potter, and Arthur.
I for one am sad to see Harriet go. She’s one of your pricklier characters in children’s literature, but her grouchy tendancies remind me a lot of the real-life kids I know and the real-life kid I once was. Ol’ Golly’s sensible advice sticks with me today, and few books offer such a truthful depiction of the adult world. On the bright side, all of our copies of Harriet are checked out, so at least a few more kids may come to know the joys of a good tomato sandwich!