Big Mean Mike
Big Mean Mike
Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763649906, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Big Mean Mike is the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighborhood. He has a big, mean car that he likes to drive around the big, mean streets. Everyone knows that Mike is big and mean, and that's just the way he likes it. But one day a tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up in his car. Mike can t believe it Before anyone can see, he puts the bunny down on the sidewalk and drives away. When the tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up again and this time brings a friend Mike tells them both to get lost. Big mean dogs do not hang out with tiny, fuzzy bunnies But gosh, those bunnies sure are cute. . . . From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen and illustrator Scott Magoon comes a comical lesson about how keeping up your image is not nearly as fun as being your own quirky self.
SCOTT MAGOON is an art director who has written and illustrated several acclaimed picture books, including Hugo and Miles in I ve Painted Everything. He lives in Reading, Massachusetts.
It’s rare to find a book that will appeal to both the lovers of monster trucks and the kids who go into raptures at the sight of a fuzzy little critter; this is that book.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Knudsen offers an uncompromisingly macho version of the defend-your-friends theme, and its cultural references (combat boots, gym membership) and the inherent humor in seeing the bunnies charm their way into Mike’s heart will keep readers attentive—and laughing.
Even the toughest readers will crumble under the appeal of these bunnies.