Meaniehead

Illustrated by Bruce Eric Kaplan
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About The Book

New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author Bruce Eric Kaplan depicts the catastrophic and humorous consequences of sibling rivalry in this companion to Monsters Eat Whiny Children.

Henry and Eve are two perfectly delightful children—who fight about absolutely everything. (They’re siblings, after all.) Their latest sibling spat is over an action figure. Which means it’s serious.

Before too long their house is destroyed. The park is leveled. The whole neighborhood…gone.

Can anything repair this rift? Or will their bickering be the end of the Grand Canyon? And Texas? And the universe?

About The Author

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Bruce Eric Kaplan, known for his distinctive, off-beat single-panel cartoons, has been a New Yorker cartoonist for more than fifteen years. He is also a television writer and was an executive producer for the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under, as well as a writer on Seinfeld (funnily enough, one of his most well-known episodes is one where Elaine becomes increasingly frustrated over what she takes to be an utterly nonsensical New Yorker cartoon). He has authored and illustrated seven adult titles including the cult classic The Cat That Changed My Life; the collections I Love You, I Hate You, I’m Hungry; No One You Know; and This Is a Bad Time; and three titles featuring the wonderfully neurotic Brooklyn couple Edmund and Rosemary: Every Person on the Planet, Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell, and Everything Is Going to Be Okay. Bruce is also the author and illustrator of four picture books: Monsters Eat Whiny Children, Cousin Irv from Mars, Meaniehead, and Someone Farted. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

About The Illustrator

Courtesy of The Author

Bruce Eric Kaplan, known for his distinctive, off-beat single-panel cartoons, has been a New Yorker cartoonist for more than fifteen years. He is also a television writer and was an executive producer for the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under, as well as a writer on Seinfeld (funnily enough, one of his most well-known episodes is one where Elaine becomes increasingly frustrated over what she takes to be an utterly nonsensical New Yorker cartoon). He has authored and illustrated seven adult titles including the cult classic The Cat That Changed My Life; the collections I Love You, I Hate You, I’m Hungry; No One You Know; and This Is a Bad Time; and three titles featuring the wonderfully neurotic Brooklyn couple Edmund and Rosemary: Every Person on the Planet, Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell, and Everything Is Going to Be Okay. Bruce is also the author and illustrator of four picture books: Monsters Eat Whiny Children, Cousin Irv from Mars, Meaniehead, and Someone Farted. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 10, 2014)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442485426
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD570L

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Raves and Reviews

* A "wonderful book about badly behaved siblings.... To experience Kaplan’s pokerfaced narration and mordant, minimalist cartooning working in tandem is to understand what great comic timing is all about."

– Publishers Weekly, starred review

“With deceptive simplicity, Kaplan accurately depicts the classic red-face fight that, ever so slowly, becomes a fellowship of gleeful havoc.... Let the havoc continue!”

– Booklist

"Mr. Kaplan's brilliantly controlled little cartoons—clever, angry figures stippled with watercolor on a white background—manage both to honor and to mock the inchoate, childish rage that can erupt from the smallest skirmishes."

– The Wall Street Journal

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