Millie Fierce

illus. by author. 32p. CIP. Philomel. Aug. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25642-4. LC 2011016347.
K-Gr 2—Millie is an ordinary girl who often feels ignored; she is "too short to be tall, too quiet to be loud, and too plain to be fancy." Tired of the indifference of others, she decides to stop being subdued and polite and start being fierce. Her change in attitude gets plenty of attention, though not the type that she hopes for. Millie crushes her neighbor's flowers, creates messes in the kitchen, and even eats the birthday boy's cake. When her bad behavior causes her to lose friends and be shunned again, Millie learns that doing good deeds can be a better way to get others to notice her. Manning's vivid watercolor illustrations are engaging and will have readers rooting for Millie, even when her antics turn mean-spirited. Millie Fierce is a delightfully naughty mix between Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry (Blue Sky Press, 1999).—Stephanie Rivera, Naperville Public Library, IL
Tired of being meek, Jekyll-like Millie does a Mr. Hyde and terrorizes everyone at home and school...until she learns that being fierce has its downside. The ending seems abrupt, but otherwise this tartly illustrated story about finding oneself is well done and comical (to prepare for her new personality, "Millie frizzed out her hair and made the crazy eye").

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