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Big Mean Mike

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  500 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
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 ti
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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Nov 06, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books

When I first read Big Mean Mike, I was a bit put off by his gruffness. But if you take a true look at Mike’s heart, courage, and message—you will see a warm, inspiring surprise behind his shades, leather jacket and spikes.

One day Big Mean Mike finds four of the most adorable bunnies hanging out in his big mean muscle machine of a car. Instantly Mike fears being seen surrounded by such cuteness. What will people think? Will his reputation be tarnished forever by fluffy bunny cuteness? Haha…. What
A story about being confident and self-assured enough to make friends where you find them - even if they're different than you are. Big Mean Mike is the top, tough dog in the neighborhood. Everything about him just screams mean. Until the bunnies start showing up. Even though the bunnies like to do the same things Mike does, Mike knows he can't be seen with such fuzzy, cute creatures. Or can he?

I love that Mike doesn't change who he is at all to become friends with the bunnies. He's still mean.
Dec 09, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-it
This book is just plain MEAN and AWESOME and ADORABLE!!! Big Mean Mike has a rough and tough imagine and cute fluffy bunnies play no part in his Big and Mean life. Each day another bunnies appears in his car so he stopped using his car until one day he gets tickets to the Monster Truck show and it is too far to walk...and guess who greets him at car....4 adorable bunnies! Not happy at all Big Mean Mike decides to drive to the Monster Truck show, ignoring the adorable bunnies. When he gets to the ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Mike was the toughest and biggest dog in the neighborhood. He prided himself on his spiked collar and his combat boots but best of all was his big mean car. Just after getting a new pair of boots, Mike got a big surprise. There in his car trunk was a little white fuzzy bunny rabbit. Mike just knew that he couldn’t be seen with such a cute little creature because it would damage his reputation, so he set the bunny down and headed off in his car. But things weren’t that simple to solve. The next d ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
This boldly illustrated picture book would pair up well with The Story of Ferdinand. Like Ferdinand, Big Mean Mike chooses not to be defined by his size. Even though big mean dogs are not supposed to hang out with tiny, cute bunnies, Big Mean Mike makes a different choice. When confronted by the other big mean dogs he says "I don't care what you think. I'm Big Mean Mike! I can hang out with whoever I want! I like these bunnies. They know how to have a good time."

This is a story about standing up
Aug 22, 2012 Maryann rated it it was amazing
My son absolutely who is almost 6yrs old loved this book, he really enjoyed sounding out the character's voice as he read the book and literally giggled for 5 minutes straight at the bunnies in sun glasses. Michelle did a wonderful job, again, entertaining children while teaching a little life lesson along the way. This is the third book we have by Michelle Knudsen and as long as she keeps writing it won't be the last.
Sep 19, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-2nd, humor, animals-dogs
Age: K - 2nd grade

He's big. He's mean. And he has very, very pointy claws. He likes to work out at the gym, wear intimidating clothing, and he loves going to monster truck shows. Mike is no one to mess with--until he encounters several cute white bunnies that can't seem to leave him alone. Will he risk his image to cuddle with these fuzzy bunnies?

If the big, burly, body building guys that walk cute, teensy-weensy dogs had a story, it would be this one.
Sep 02, 2012 Kendra rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Just not for me! I don't like the message of "you can still be mean as long as you like cute bunnies." He doesn't really learn, grow, or change at all in the story. It's just a mean dog finding some friends, but continuing to be mean. He gets bullied by other men dogs and bullies back and wins. Again, what was learned? If someone says something mean to you, just be mean right back? Hmmmm
Nov 02, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing
This book has cute fuzzy little bunnies in it! I love cute fuzzy little bunnies! It also has a good message about being true to yourself and not being concerned about what others thinks...and also that sharing things with others can be better than being alone...and did I mention the cute, fuzzy bunnies? :-)
Adorable book! The story demonstrates that you shouldn't worry about what others think, as long as you're comfortable with yourself, and that you shouldn't judge others on appearance....fluffy bunnies for example (that growl!).
Brett Axel
Jun 12, 2012 Brett Axel rated it it was amazing
Mike puts quite a bit of effort into maintaining his image as a tough guy, so when cute little fuzzy bunnies come into his life he worries what might happen to his tough image. In the end, Mike shows that he is tough enough to be himself.
Dec 09, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, kids
Cute book about not worrying about what people think - even if you're big and tough and your friends are adorable little bunnies.
Adorable! Big, mean Mike with his spiked collar and combat boots has a reputation to uphold. But he starts discovering cute, tiny, fuzzy bunnies in the trunk of his big, mean car!
Aug 17, 2012 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic story about friendship and not worrying about what other people think of you. The art is adorable (bunnies in sunglasses anyone?)and there is plenty of humor for kids and adults.
Aug 11, 2012 Peacegal rated it really liked it
LOL. This is a hip, funny story about a very unusual friendship.
Aug 17, 2012 Walter rated it really liked it
Very funny!
Sep 19, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Hilarious!! Can't wait to read this in Pre-K Storytime.
Feb 02, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
SO adorable.
Aug 01, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Lots of fun, great word usage, and a mice message about friendship.
Aug 30, 2012 Carole rated it it was amazing
Nobody can resist cute little bunnies! Not even Big Mean Mike!
Aug 21, 2012 Kayla rated it really liked it
4.5--the kids love this one. Very cute!
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Nov 04, 2012 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, 2012
I loved the cute fluffy little bunnies in this.
Oct 31, 2016 Cassie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Not my favorite reads but the illustrations were great! The story line wasn't very exciting but with some children I'm sure it would catch their attention. This would probably be best given as a gift to a child not really in a classroom setting.
Alison Smolinski
Oct 08, 2016 Alison Smolinski rated it it was amazing
So far I’m going to have to say this was my favorite book of the ones I’ve read for the project! It’s about a big dog named Mike that puts quite a bit of effort into maintaining his image as a tough guy, so when these cute little fuzzy bunnies come into his life, he worries about his tough image. In the end, Mike shows that he is tough enough to be himself and hang around with the bunnies because they are adorable and fun to be around. I absolutely loved the story line of this book, as well as t ...more
Taurean Watkins
A non-preachy reminder that our self-image isn’t everything, nor is it one-dimensional.

Contrary to the title, this isn’t a “Big ‘n Bad, Huff and Puff Wolfie deal”, but rather the story of a roughneck canine who takes wears his Big and Mean image with pride. What better way to challenge that image then to be surrounded something opposite of big and mean, in this case: tiny and cute bunnies!

Illustrator Scott Magoon does a fabulous job sequencing the pacing through his illustrations, and smart use
Sydney Edlund
Nov 02, 2013 Sydney Edlund rated it it was amazing
Shelves: walt-titles
My 2-year old loves this book so much! He woke us up at 2am one night to beg to read it. It's a wonderfully written story, with a plot (I cannot stress enough how rare that is in kids books these days) that respects its readers' intelligence. The explicit story is about picking your friends based on shared interests, not how others perceive you - being true to yourself, etc. But there's an implicit lesson about how the strongest among us have a responsibility to the smallest. Mike might benign a ...more
Big Mean Mike is the toughest dog in town. He's got the attitude and car to prove it. But when cute, fuzzy, tiny bunnies start showing up in his car, Mike becomes very worried that they will harm his reputation. Finally he stops driving his car altogether because of the bunnies showing up all the time. But when the Monster Truck rally comes to the next town over, there is no way he's going to miss it. So he checks his car thoroughly and deems it safe to drive with no cuteness anywhere to be seen ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Ms.Gaye rated it really liked it
Here's a book for readers who like monster trucks...or soft and cuddly bunnies.

Mike is a big, tough dog. He wears combat boots, a leather jacket, and a spiked collar. Imagine his embarrassment when he finds a tiny, fuzzy bunny in his macho car. He tries to get rid of the bunny but to his dismay, two bunnies show up the next day. The day after that there are three bunnies! Finally, Mike is forced to deal with the problem of four very cute bunnies. He can't be seen hanging around with them, but le
Oct 22, 2013 Rachael rated it it was amazing
This was a cute book! It has a very good message to kids that keeping an image is not as important as it seems, especially gaving a big, tough one. This book is about a mean dog that drives around town in his mean car. One day, a bunny is in his car and Mike throws him out because he can't be seen with a cute bunny. The next day there are two bunnies in his car. Mike doesn't want to get rid of them because he thinks they are cute, but seeing his impression and image is tough, he can't be seen wi ...more
Sarah George
Mar 16, 2015 Sarah George rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-selection
This big, mean dog scares the entire town with his spiked collar and loud bark. He likes big monster trucks and, as it turns out... FLUFFY CUTE BUNNIES! A completely adorable book that dissolves stereotypes and shows that even the toughest of all people are loving on the inside. Although Mike continually insists that he is tough and tries to fit society's expectations, he eventually accepts who he really is. The illustrations of this book accurately depict exactly what the words are describing, ...more
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I'm the author of 45 books for young readers for all ages. Titles include the New York Times best-selling picture book Library Lion (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes), the middle-grade fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian and The Princess of Trelian, and the YA novel Evil Librarian, which won the 2015 Sid Fleischman Award for Humor(!).

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