Big and Mean?
By Michelle Knudsen, Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Candlewick Press, $15.99, 32 pages
This is a picture book to be read aloud. “Big Mean Mike was the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighborhood,” and so begins a tale of one big dog’s efforts to live up to a reputation. When Big Mean Mike meets tiny, soft bunnies, his image is in jeopardy. What will others think?! He must appear big and mean. Or must he? The climax offers young readers a nice message of staying true to our friends and true to ourselves.
Reviewed by Lisa Ard