Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen

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A laugh-out-loud funny story about not worrying what others think — even if you’re big and tough, and your friends are fuzzy and cute.

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.

About Michelle Knudsen

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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.
Published August 14, 2012 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Big Mean Mike likes monster-truck shows.

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Big Mean Mike, a dog whose spiked collar and leather jacket signal that he’s a serious tough guy, is mystified when wee, innocent, fuzzy bunnies start appearing in his big, mean car.

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The cute creatures threaten Mike's bad boy reputation, particularly when they accompany Mike to a monster truck show, but by that point Mike's heart is already softening ("Gosh, you guys are cute").

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