Big Mean Mike

Big Mean Mike

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Mike is proud to be the biggest, toughest dog in the neighborhood, so when tiny, fuzzy bunnies start showing up in his big, mean car he sees them only as a threat to his reputation, no matter how adorable they are.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2012.
ISBN: 9780763668136
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Magoon, Scott - Illustrator


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Jul 07, 2016

Read this book with a Boston, Jersey or New York accent, and the whole family will be rolling with laughter. What great characters! My daughter can't get enough of this book.

LPL_DanC Sep 04, 2015

Best picture book I've read in weeks. Big Mean Mike is a combat boot-wearing, peeler-outer sort of a dog, who is tormented by a group of cute fuzzy bunnies who keep appearing in his hotrod. His willingness to realize he can be a tough guy and still love fuzzy white bunnies is a great lesson for any kid. A great story by Michelle Knudsen, and illustrator Scott Magoon strikes his typical deft balance between comedy and realism.

Jan 07, 2015

Big mean dog with combat boots befriends tiny cute fuzzy bunnies who like the demolition derby. What's not to love? The art in this one is just perfect. It's a great book for subtly communicating that it's FINE for people to have diverse interests and friends. No one has to be a stereotype.

BensonSRP5 Jul 18, 2014

Fun truck book

JewelMcLatchy Oct 15, 2013

The book's about Big Mean Mike, but is he really as mean as he tries to act? This is one tough guy with a hidden soft centre for sure. Adorable characters (even the "mean" dogs aren't drawn to be too scary for little children), cute story (and bunnies - especially the growling!), good moral. All around win.

SPL_Kids May 23, 2013

No one “messes with” Big Mean Mike - he’s the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighbourhood!

Whether he’s heading to the gym to lift weights, buying combat boots or driving around in his big mean hot rod wearing a spiked collar and leather jacket, Big Mean Mike is always conscious of his tough, bad-boy reputation. He’s very proud of that image … and that’s why he’s so embarrassed when a cute little bunny suddenly pops up in his hot rod one day.

He puts the bunny down on the sidewalk and drives away.

When the bunny shows up again, this time with a friend, Mike tells them to get lost.
Later, he finds another bunny in his car … and then another, and then another.

What is he going to do? If he’s seen with a bunch of bunnies – or even one bunny - his tough image will disappear faster than the speed of light. On the other hand, those bunnies certainly are cute!

Over the next few days, as Mean Mike tries to get rid of the bunnies which keep appearing, he comes to care more for his new-found little friends and less about his image. Can he think of a way to “hang out” with his fuzzy friends and not lose face?

Perhaps Mike isn’t mean and tough on the inside as his appearance would suggest?

This picture book gem has a just-right ending, as well as vivid illustrations, sophisticated humour and a couple of simple messages. Firstly, just being oneself instead of being concerned about what others think is the best choice. Secondly, opposites can be friends - we don’t have to be exactly like someone else to let them into our life.

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Jul 07, 2016

elenkaj thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

BensonSRP5 Jul 18, 2014

BensonSRP5 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and under

SPL_Kids May 23, 2013

SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8


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JewelMcLatchy Oct 15, 2013

He snatched up his keys and slammed the door. The bunnies gazed up at him with their sweet little fuzzy faces. "Gosh, you guys are cute," Mike said. Then he looked around. "I mean, I hate cute! Grrr! I'm Big Mean Mike!"


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