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Bernice gets carried away, Hannah E. Harrison

Label
Bernice gets carried away
Title
Bernice gets carried away
Statement of responsibility
Hannah E. Harrison
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Having missed out on the other treats at a friend's birthday party, a grumpy cat grabs all of the balloons and floats into the sky, where she sees that her problems are not so big, after all
Tone
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 The cover of Harrison’s second picture book features a true sourpuss, a cat named Bernice who has apparently thrown her party hat to the ground. Who could resist the urge to discover what has so displeased Bernice? And can she get out of this terrible mood? It’s a cloudy day in the woods as the book opens with a party scene. Each page turn delivers Bernice a new disappointment—prune-grapefruit soda, for instance, when everyone else gets ice-cold strawberry-melon flavor. Harrison’s concise text and lively illustrations soon head to higher altitudes as Bernice grabs all of the buoyant balloons for herself. Pulled up in the air, she meets an unhappy squirrel and bird before getting stuck to “a brooding black rain cloud” that itself has a very sad expression. The grays of the sky contrast nicely with the brightly colored balloons, but—in a move reminiscent of Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish (1992)—once Bernice starts giving out her balloons, blue skies and better moods break out all over the place. -- Nolan, Abby (Reviewed 07-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 21, p61)
  • PreS-Gr 1 — The story line of Harrison's latest picture book doesn't break any new ground—a group of cute anthropomorphized animals attend a birthday party, one of whom feels like the odd cat out—but it's her skillful illustrations, candy-colored palette, and understated humor that elevate this tale of a bad mood turned around. The scene opens on an overcast day in the park as a group of furry partygoers gathers. In the foreground is Bernice, an unhappy tabby whose darling pink romper and Peter Pan-collared shirt belie her defiantly crossed arms and angry scowl. The other guests each receive a frosting rose on their piece of cake—poor Bernice only gets a plain white square. Everyone else gets ice-cold strawberry-melon soda—Bernice gets warm prune-grapefruit. Harrison depicts the happy-go-lucky guests enjoying the festivities on the verso, while sourpuss Bernice is juxtaposed on the recto, isolated on an all-white background, her feelings clearly evident in her petulant expression. The frustrated feline finally decides she's had enough and absconds with a bunch of balloons, unintentionally floating up, up, and away. It's when she encounters a brooding black rain cloud—having a bad day himself—that she discovers a bit of empathy within and is able to put her own problems in perspective, cheering up a "very blue bluebird" and a "surly gray squirrel" as her own mood reverses. The text is kept to a minimum, with carefully chosen words that lend the narrative a dry humor. Young readers who've experienced moments of jealousy and frustration can't help but feel a bit of kinship with Bernice. Harrison includes clever details, like the "Do Not Perturb" and "Home is Where the Nuts Are" signs that adorn the entrance to the squirrel's home. Her acrylic on Bristol board illustrations artfully play with perspective, light, and texture, making Harrison an illustrator to watch. VERDICT Though the rainbow-hued ending comes a bit too easily, young listeners will be satisfied when all the animal friends rejoice at Bernice's change of heart.—Kiera Parrott , School Library Journal --Kiera Parrott (Reviewed June 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 6, p82)
  • /* Starred Review */ It isn’t the end of the world when you have a bad time at a birthday party—it just feels that way. The indignities suffered by a kitten named Bernice include getting the only piece of cake without an icing rose (“All she’d gotten was a plain white square from the middle”) and coming away from the piñata with “one lousy gumdrop... that someone had stepped on.” So when balloons are handed out, Bernice grabs the whole lot and floats away—discovering, as she ascends, that she is not the only one having a bad day (a mother bluebird gazes sadly at the photos of offspring who have left the nest) and that she has control over her little corner of the world, after all. Harrison obviously knows how the dynamics of a birthday party can loom large in a child’s life. As she did in Extraordinary Jane , she again cleverly juxtaposes an accomplished classical painting style with a contemporary sensibility, and her emotionally astute and elegantly understated story will strike a chord with any social animal. Ages 3–5. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 4, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 18, p)
  • A series of minor disappointments leads Bernice to make a greedy grab at a friend's birthday party which in turn spurs an unexpected change of heart. Harrison's acrylic paintings, a mix of double-page spreads, single pages, and occasional vignettes, depict a group of anthropomorphic animals celebrating in a forest setting. Old-fashioned outfits and activities contrast pleasingly with characters that are simultaneously cartoony and realistic in appearance and visually developed with touches of sly humor. Bernice's increasing frustration shows in both her face and body language as she gets a plain piece of cake (no frosting rose), has to settle for warm prune-grapefruit soda, and misses out on the candy from a prematurely punctured piñata. In her determination to pluck some pleasure from the day she snatches the whole bunch of balloons and suddenly floats up into the sky. The change of scene allows her to quickly, if not entirely believably, recognize how petty her problems are. Sharing the balloons enables her to land safely while improving the moods of assorted quirky characters including a glum rain cloud, a crotchety squirrel, and a sad mother bluebird. While the final twist is a bit heavy-handed, overall, the emotional honesty, simple, understated text, and entertaining visual humor combine to create an appealing take on a problem that occasionally plagues us all, whether child, adult, or grumpy cat. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10433640
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harrison, Hannah E
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.H2488
LC item number
Ber 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mood (Psychology)
  • Birthdays
  • Parties
  • Cats
  • Animals
  • Mood (Psychology)
  • Birthdays
  • Parties
  • Cats
  • Animals
  • Animals
  • Birthdays
  • Cats
  • Mood (Psychology)
  • Parties
Target audience
preschool
Label
Bernice gets carried away, Hannah E. Harrison
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn883748358
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780803739161
Lccn
2014023521
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)883748358
Label
Bernice gets carried away, Hannah E. Harrison
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn883748358
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780803739161
Lccn
2014023521
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)883748358

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