Book of the Week: Millie Fierce

 

It is with great joy that I bring to you Millie Fierce.  The book is as fantastic as that title and is a fun children’s picture book written by Jane Manning.  My daughter and I really enjoyed this story about little Millie who gets fed up with no one paying attention to her.  So she becomes… Millie Fierce and proceeds to do things to make sure people take notice.  But not necessarily the kind of attention she really wants deep down.  The illustrations are so wonderful and we really liked the illustration where Millie shows us her evil eye.  We laugh every time we come across this page!  I think the story helps to teach children that negative behavior  will get attention –  but is not necessarily the kind you want to get from those around you.  The story teaches that is better to act kind and do nice things for others to gain attention.  A good lesson for children to hear at any age.  I had a chance to speak to the author about Millie Fierce and where the inspiration for her character came from.

 
Tell us how you came up with the idea for Millie Fierce?
 
When I was a kid, I received a piggy bank from my Grandma; it had 4 sides, and on each side was the same face, but wearing a separate emotion. The faces looked so different! I was fascinated by it. I wondered how something as simple as an emotion can make us look like a totally different person.
 
Additionally, I have always been interested in why people behave the way they do. I’ve come to believe that a person’s actions often come from a place that’s not immediately obvious to others. And, yes, toss in a little of my own feelings about being overlooked. as a kid!
 
Oh, and by the way, the title was inspired from a favorite old movie of mine: Mildred Pierce (another character who struggles with her personal power!).
 
You have illustrated many wonderful books – is this your first book you wrote and illustrated? How long did it take you to write the story?
 
Thanks! Millie Fierce is the second book I both wrote and illustrated. The first is Cat Nights (Greenwillow Books 2008), which is based on the fable of why a cat has nine lives. It’s centered on the story of young Felicity Witch, who wants nothing more than to turn into a cat – even when it means she might stay a cat for good.
 
Millie Fierce was an idea that took its time in bubbling up from my subconscious into a story – that part took a few years. But once it did, it came together fairly quickly. I’d say I wrote it in a couple of months.
 
What are you hoping kids come away with after reading about Millie?
 
I hope kids come away with a lot after reading Millie! I hope they find that people are often are hurtful because they feel hurt themselves. I hope they discover that acting out on negative emotions can be hurtful to others. I hope they see that getting attention for bad things is worse than getting no attention at all. And, I hope they realize that they can always change their negative behavior if they want to.
 
Any future books about Millie in the works?
 
Yes, I’m working on the second Millie story right now. I hope to continue with many more, as Millie has A LOT more things to say and do!
 
Thank you for your time and for sharing Millie Fierce with us! 
 
Good news mates!  We have a copy of Millie Fierce to hand out!  So check back for our Rafflecopter Giveaway!
 
 
 
 
 
Note:  I was provided with a copy of Millie Fierce as part of the TLC Blog Book Tours.  This did not influence my opinion in any way and we are so happy to have across this wonderful story.

 
 
 
 
Here is a page from the book showing Millie Fierce scratching the chalkboard to get some attention.   The illustrations are gorgeous!

Comments

  1. You’ve got me curious about Millie’s “evil eye” – I’ll have to check out the book to see what that looks like!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. What a gorgeous illustration! I see why you and your daughter liked it so much. And the evil eye sounds hilarious!

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  1. [...] This book has become a nightly routine with our daughter.  She absolutely loves the fun illustrations – especially the page where Millie Fierce gives us the evil eye.  It is hysterical!  This is a great book to help teach children the difference between positive and negative behavior.  Millie is a great role model and this just might become a favorite in your household as well!  Read my review in our Book of the Week section and  interview with the author, Jane Manning, who has created a character we can all relate to!  Review: http://melissanorthway.com/2012/09/book-of-the-week-millie-fierce/  [...]

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