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Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen
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Sep 19, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012reads, 2012-pub, animal-stories, funny, kids, picturebook
Read on September 19, 2012

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. He still likes monster trucks. He just also likes these four cute, fuzzy bunnies who also like monster trucks.

Scott Magoon's digital illustrations are just tons of fun. There's all the doggy details to pick out. The layouts are nicely varied and add to the suspense as Mike is being haunted by the bunnies. Watch the eyebrows throughout, because they're very expressive - especially on the bunnies. The fuzzy effect on the bunnies provides a great contrast to make them stand out from their surroundings all the more.
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