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Big Mean Mike Hardcover – August 14, 2012
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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.
Readers will fall for the adorable bunnies and cheer Mike’s new devotion to them. Share this doggedly worthy read-aloud during your favorite friendship-themed storyhours for a lot of growls and laughs.
—School Library Journal
Colorful illustrations are both appropriately tough and tender. Mean and cute not only do mix; they match in delightful ways.
—Library Media Connection
The eternal struggle between tough and tender gets a workout in this adorable book.
About the Author
Michelle Knudsen is the author of the New York Times best-selling picture book Library Lion, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes; Argus, illustrated by Andréa Wesson; and the fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian and The Princess of Trelian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Scott Magoon has illustrated several books for children, including If Waffles Were Like Boys by Charise Mericle Harper and Otto: The Boy Who Loved Cars by Kara LaReau. Scott Magoon lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
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Big Mean Mike is not so mean, not really, and not espeically after bunnies, for whatever reason, invade his car.
Over the days, Big Mean Mike, tries to get rid of them, but the bunnies multiply as bunnies are wont to do and he finds himself caring less and less about his image and more and more for the bunnies who have befriended him.
My favorite scene is of the growling "grrr" bunny toward the end. Don't mess with bunnies.
I am writing this review following a time of horrible tragedy for our country. It is December. The days are still getting shorter and shorter and the nights can seem to last forever.
If you buy this book, read it to your children, but then take it aside and read it to yourself. Ease your heart. There are good and beautiful things in this world, things to cherish and protect.