If Fancy Nancy got angry. Really, really angry.

Millie is quiet. Millie is sweet. Millie is mild. But the kids at school don't listen to her. And she never gets a piece of birthday cake with a flower on it. And some girls from her class walk right on top of her chalk drawing and smudge it. And they don't even say they're sorry!

So that's when Millie decides she wants to be ...
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If Fancy Nancy got angry. Really, really angry.

Millie is quiet. Millie is sweet. Millie is mild. But the kids at school don't listen to her. And she never gets a piece of birthday cake with a flower on it. And some girls from her class walk right on top of her chalk drawing and smudge it. And they don't even say they're sorry!

So that's when Millie decides she wants to be fierce! She frizzes out her hair, sharpens her nails and runs around like a wild thing. But she soon realizes that being fierce isn't the best way to get noticed either, especially when it makes you turn mean. So Millie decides to be nice--but to keep a little of that fierce backbone hidden inside her. In case she ever needs it again.

With bright art and an adorable character, it's easy to empathize with Millie. Because everyone has a bad day, once in a while.

Millie Fierce is a delightfully naughty mix between Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry.”--School Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly
Strong-minded picture-book heroines abound, but not many books ask what’s behind the bluster—or represent it with such deliciousness. Quiet, mild-mannered Millie, who never misbehaves, is forced to think again after three girls from school stroll right over her sidewalk chalk drawing. “That’s me,” she says, pondering the smudge they’ve left behind. Then a new thought dawns: “I’m not a smudge,” she announces. Watching Millie become Millie Fierce provides most of the story’s laughs; with a fiendish look in her eyes, she files “each of her nails to a tiny point,” paints the dog’s face blue, and dances on the furniture. Manning’s (Ten Little Goblins) watercolors bubble over with sybaritic delight; in one, Millie lies languidly on a school desk, dumping jelly beans all over the floor. Eventually, Millie is forced to work out the difference between strength of character and fierceness that hurts people, and she reforms (almost). An unexpected Yeatsian lilt to Manning’s writing (“Millie frizzed out her hair and made the crazy eye”) lifts the text out of the ordinary; her powers of observation set it apart, too. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Millie is just an ordinary girl, mostly ignored by everyone. One day, when she has drawn her best sidewalk flower picture, three girls from school march past her as if she is not there, walking over her flower until it is just a smudge. Millie has had enough. She frizzes her hair, growls, shouts at her grandpa, even scratches the school chalkboard with her newly sharpened nails. She begins to be noticed. She cuts in lines, flicks her food, shouts in the museum, and leaves muddy handprints on the wall. When she howls, even the moon notices. People begin to stay away from her. Finally, Millie grabs the biggest piece of cake at a school party, making the birthday boy cry. After some thought, she decides she prefers being good to being fierce... mostly. A comically stylized Millie stares at us from the front of the jacket, hands on hips and devil in eyes, while her dog slinks away in fear on the back. Watercolors paint first her unhappiness, then her nasty acts page by page, amplifying the text. There is a lesson here perhaps, to find a happy medium.
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
Alluring, edgy watercolors with sharp angles show a tyke's transformation from mild to monstrous and back again. "Millie was too short to be tall, too quiet to be loud, and too plain to be fancy." Pink-cheeked and limp-haired, Millie feels like nothing special. She's ignored and harassed. Schoolmates tromp on her chalk sidewalk picture, walking "all over her flower, and over it, and over it, until it [i]s nothing more than a big, multicolored smudge." Such bullying is beyond tolerance, and Millie Fierce emerges. From downcast and slouchy, "feeling like a smudge" herself, Millie becomes upright, hands on hips, eyebrows aggressively slanted. She "frizze[s] out her hair and ma[kes] the crazy eye." She demands that grandpa "Look at me and my ferocity!" But Millie's assertiveness ratchets too high. She flicks food, paints the dog blue, howls at a nonplussed moon and becomes a bully herself. Coming unsurprisingly full circle, Millie concludes that "she likes being good better than being fierce." Manning's intense colors feature fine and pointy details, and her paintings warrant more than a quick glance. It's too bad that Millie's symbolically fierce hairdo is a common style for curly-haired kids. The spiky, colorful art is more interesting than the plot, but Millie's fierceness in the middle will speak both to tots who've tried it and those who haven't. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101648421
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Series: Millie Fierce
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

Jane Manning is the illustrator of The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low, and Drip, Drop by Sarah Weeks, among others. She lives in Deep Water, Connecticut.
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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Millie Fierce

    First I loved the graphics ....most of the colors are vibrant and draw the children's eyes in. My little 5 year old seemed to really enjoy this book. He sat and was so attentive, and watched the pictures. When we finished he said he didn't like Millie. She was mean. He got the point! Found it was a good teaching lesson on Bullying, sharing, and kindness.
    When I asked him if he liked the book, he replied "yes". Did he want it read to him again? "Yes, yes, yes!"

    I received this book from TLC Blog Tours Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

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