THE BOOK OF MEAN PEOPLE by Toni Morrison

THE BOOK OF MEAN PEOPLE

Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

A fretful child catalogs affronts: people who shout at you, or those who whisper and giggle just out of earshot; parents who try to make you eat something nasty-looking; the teacher who tells you that your work is sloppy, and so on. The Morrisons (Big Box, 1999, illustrated by Giselle Potter) address meanies as well as their victims, repeatedly asserting that screamers disappear behind their yells, and noting that “big people are little when they are mean. But little people are not big when they are mean.” Le Maître complements this simply phrased plaint with long-eared, Matt Groening–style rabbits suspended in cream-colored space with a minimum of surrounding detail. Children who know just what the young narrator is talking about may take to heart the closing advice to smile in the face of frowns. Frowners resistant to this pointed, child’s-eye view may benefit from a dose of Betsy Everitt’s Mean Soup (1992) or the mood-changing brew concocted out of a bad day by Linda Smith’s Mrs. Biddlebox (p. 1144). (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0786805404
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2002




MORE BY TONI MORRISON

ChildrenPLEASE, LOUISE by Toni Morrison
by Toni Morrison
ChildrenTHE TORTOISE OR THE HARE by Toni Morrison
by Toni Morrison
ChildrenLITTLE CLOUD AND LADY WIND by Toni Morrison
by Toni Morrison

MORE BY PASCAL LEMAITRE

ChildrenYOU ARE THE PEA, AND I AM THE CARROT by J. Theron Elkins
by J. Theron Elkins
ChildrenSQUIRRELS ON SKIS  by J. Hamilton Ray
by J. Hamilton Ray
ChildrenA PET NAMED SNEAKER by Joan Heilbroner
by Joan Heilbroner