Big Mean Mike
I laughed out loud when I first read Big Mean Mike because I have an inner Mike. Don't we all to some degree? We can present the world with an idealized image of ourselves but when the world has other plans—like 4 super cute and fuzzy bunnies—our façades can become increasingly difficult to preserve, sometimes to hilarious effect. I love how Mike ultimately opens his heart. From brilliant Michelle Knudsen (Library Lion, Argus, Princess of Trelian).
- Irma Black Award Winner!!
- A 2013 Children’s Choice Book Awards finalist
- An Amazon best picture book of 2012
- An Eric Carle Museum "Picture Book of Distinction 2012" list.
- Winner of Wisconsin's Golden Archer Award
- Magnolia Award (Mississippi) winner
- Selected for the Children's Choices 2013 Reading List.
- Here's an interview with me and author Michelle Knudsen
- Seven Impossible Things blogged about him
- Scholastic Book Club selection
- A Junior Library Guild Selection
★ "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." —Publishers Weekly
"Even the toughest readers will crumble under the appeal of these bunnies." —Kirkus Reviews
"The eternal struggle between tough and tender gets a workout in this adorable book." —Booklist
"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
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Here's Jack, all decked out in his Big Mean Mike outfit for Read Across America Day. How great is this?! Check out the collar and fuzzy bunnies with matching gym bag. Love it, Jack!
Behind the Scenes
Here are some sketches I created as I worked on Big Mean Mike: