“Harriet the Spy” was a different kind of book. Harriet was snarky, stubborn, honest, and even a bit mean. But kids loved her because she was also complex, funny, and able to learn from the world around her. Louise Fitzhugh, the author, incorporated much of herself and her friends into the book, even naming a number of the cats belonging to Harriet’s neighbor after her friends. Harriet the Spy was followed by two lesser-known, but no less interesting books: “The Long Secret” and “Sport“.
Harriet the Spy, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board