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Big Mean Mike

Big Mean Mike
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Candlewick Press, August 14, 2012
ISBN-10: 0-763-6-4990-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-4990-6

* A Junior Library Guild Selection
* Selected for Amazon's Best Books List

Big Mean Mike is the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighborhood. He's even got a big, mean car that he drives around the big, mean streets. Everyone knows how big and tough he is — which is just the way Mike likes it.

Then one day a tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up in his car. Mike puts it on the sidewalk and drives away before anyone can see. But the bunny keeps coming back — with friends! — no matter how many times Mike tells them to scram. Big, mean dogs do not hang around with tiny, fuzzy bunnies! But gosh, those bunnies sure are cute . . . .


Big Mean Mike is the winner of the 2013 Irma Black Award! You can read more about the award here.

Big Mean Mike has also been selected for the Children's Choices 2013 Reading List!

Big Mean Mike was a finalist in the Children's Choice Book Awards and the
WINNER of the Magnolia Award (Mississippi Children's Choice) in the K-2 category and the Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin Children's Choice) in the primary category!

It was also selected as one of Amazon's Best Picture Books of 2012!


"Even the toughest readers will crumble under the appeal of these bunnies." —Kirkus Reviews

"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

"This is funny stuff: Both author and illustrator play with the paradox of the Chuck Norris-type falling for the balls of fluff. They play with the tension, too: Knudsen supplies Mike with plenty of random, angry 'ARRGH!'s when things aren’t going his way, and the bunnies’ over-the-top cuteness make their 'Grrrr's even funnier." —Julie Danielson on Kirkus's Children's Book Blog (You can read the full review, which also features Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown's Creepy Carrots! here.