Harriet Gets Carried Away

Jessie Sima

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018

Agent: Thao Le

From the author and illustrator of the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal comes a sweet and funny story about remembering where you belong, no matter how far you roam, or what you’re wearing when you get there.

Harriet loves costumes. She wears them to the dentist, to the supermarket, and most importantly, to her super-special dress-up birthday party. Her dads have decorated everything for the party and Harriet has her most favorite costume all picked out for the big day. There’s just one thing missing—party hats!

But when Harriet dons her special penguin errand-running costume and sets out to find the perfect ones, she finds something else instead—real penguins! Harriet gets carried away with the flock. She may look like a penguin, but she’s not so sure she belongs in the arctic. Can Harriet manage her way back to her dads (and the party hats!) in time for her special day?


• Selected as a Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick

• 2019 Indies Choice/E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalist

"Harriet is a resourceful city child, the kind of girl who has no problem negotiating with an orca (she trades her red bow tie for a lift). The narrator’s offhand, unruffled voice...makes Harriet’s intrepid adventure a delightful readaloud. "
Publisher's Weekly (starred)

"Sima’s (Not Quite Narwhal, 2017) soft Photoshop illustrations radiate Harriet’s joie de vivre and imagination, whisking readers along through paneled spreads and dramatic scenes. The primarily purple palette surrounds the action with warmth, as does the obvious love Harriet’s dads—one black, one white, and both wearing wedding bands—have for their daughter. A sweet celebration of family, individuality, and costumery."

"Thick purple outlines in illustrations in predominantly lavender shades, coupled with an imaginative storyline, bring to mind Harold and the Purple Crayon.”
Kirkus Reviews