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If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim.... The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young ho If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim.... The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.


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If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim.... The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young ho If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim.... The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.

30 review for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    If you give a mouse a cookie, he's probably going to poop all over your kitchen counter. When's he's done pooping all over your kitchen counter, he'll probably take up residence in your pantry, invite his girlfriend over, and have himself a nice little family in a matter of weeks. He's certainly NOT going to do all of the cute things that this book suggests. Last night I read this to my son and then tucked him and his fifteen stuffed animals (one of which is most likely a mouse) into bed. Then I If you give a mouse a cookie, he's probably going to poop all over your kitchen counter. When's he's done pooping all over your kitchen counter, he'll probably take up residence in your pantry, invite his girlfriend over, and have himself a nice little family in a matter of weeks. He's certainly NOT going to do all of the cute things that this book suggests. Last night I read this to my son and then tucked him and his fifteen stuffed animals (one of which is most likely a mouse) into bed. Then I went downstairs, spread a dollop of peanut butter on a mouse trap, and placed it on the kitchen counter. 1:00 AM: [email protected]# This morning I tossed the dead mouse into a trash bag and set another trap. Tonight I will again read this book to my son and then we'll probably sing the Mighty Mouse theme song. Last year (when I was less skilled at setting mouse traps) I was running around my driveway with a shovel trying to end the misery for a mouse who had nearly ripped his leg off trying to escape the trap. My nosy neighbor, who was returning from picking his son up from school, asked me what was going on. I explained that our house was infested with mice and I was on a mission that day to kill them all whether by trap, shovel, or bare hands. His son didn't like the look on my face and turned to go into his house. That's when I noticed his Mickey Mouse book bag and matching lunch box. Troy Patterson (of Slate) once said this: "A literal pest has become the cuddliest critter in the world, and that, to paraphrase Walter Matthau, exemplifies the worst aspects of marketing that make America great." They are not cute. They are not heroes. They are the exact fucking opposite of that. But I must say that my son really does like this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Who remembers this book? Happy is as happy is!!!! Some books just bring back great memories!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    David

    If you give a mouse a cookie is the story of the perversity of desire, and more particularly the stunted pleasures of the bourgeoisie. Written by the exquisite Laura Numeroff, in what can only be assumed was a violent passion for sterile aloofness from the society which she condemned, and a lust for concision which would socialize her treatise against the deadening wants, making it accessible to the masses. I can imagine her, unbathed, ignorant of her own hunger and thirst, cutting every insigni If you give a mouse a cookie is the story of the perversity of desire, and more particularly the stunted pleasures of the bourgeoisie. Written by the exquisite Laura Numeroff, in what can only be assumed was a violent passion for sterile aloofness from the society which she condemned, and a lust for concision which would socialize her treatise against the deadening wants, making it accessible to the masses. I can imagine her, unbathed, ignorant of her own hunger and thirst, cutting every insignificant word in a Flaubertian frenzy for le mot juste. The titular mouse is a scathing manifestation of our ruling, yet tirelessly servile, middle class – his small figure manifests the smallness of our self-worth, and the relative largesse of our smallest desires. Every visible aspect of the overall-clad hero hearkens us to the plight of the middle class in the late twentieth century. The mouse, like man, is easily won over to new “needs” – endlessly trying to fill the vacancy of his own heart, deadened by the loss of illusion, by the evaporation of virtue, and the brutal ennui of routine. But as the significantly unnamed mouse usurps his pleasures and whims from his remote human benefactors, we too usurp our desires. Whether from the conspicuous consumption of the upper classes, from the romantic visions of novels and television programming, or from the simple white noise of broadcast advertising, which we subconsciously mold into our own desires – desires for things which we do not want. René Girard identifies this parallel with chilling accuracy to our present condition: "The distance between Don Quixote and the petty bourgeois victim of advertising is not so great as romanticism would have us believe.” It is easy to replace “bourgeois victim” with our murine hero, raising to idolatry his search for false desires, which leads to a parodically circuitous odyssey of “want.” Numeroff’s story is one of deceptive simplicity, but with a jarring impact. In less than three-hundred words, she is captures the movement of emotion of her literary predecessors, primarily of French origin, though also hearkening back to the Homeric epics. Proust, James, Balzac, Dickens are among Numeroff’s literary forefathers, and her precision for language shows a heavy influence of Flaubert, contemporarily manifest in the logical exactitude of Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway. Take or example the opening sequence: If you give a mouse a cookie, He’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw. When he’s finished, he’ll ask for a napkin. Then he will want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache. Immediately we are drawn into a contained cosmos of desire – which is postulated in a hypothetical, though illustrated in an ever-present reality. While we are kept somewhat distanced from our mouselike counterpart by the conditional, we are drawn in by the seeming reality of the action, the omniscience of the narrator, an almost godly knowing, reminds us of a master Chess player, foreseeing the hero’s moves, up to his ultimate epiphany, from the first line. We are acquainted with the mouse with such immediacy, we feel we know him, we feel as though he is a part of us, or perhaps more than we are – despite his size. Though we are removed from the hero’s consciousness, we feel he is both naïve of his circuitous desires, but also disturbingly manipulative. This contradiction, this naïvete matched with perturbing self-possession, concerns the reader – how aware am I of my own desires? We are moved, our uncertainty of the hero’s self-awareness is never satisfied. We observe the seeming naïvete and it enlightens us to our own short commings of self-awareness. “To see someone who does not see is the best way to be intensely aware of what he does not see” argued Barthes, and it is precisely the salient power of If you give a mouse a cookie. The godless landscape of If you give a mouse a cookie is one marked by a total secularization of morality and gratification. The parallels to our own secular society, in which we are diminished to figurative animals - beasts of pure will driven in the vain effort for satiety of our animalistic desires. Instead of a God, the world within the story is governed by a maternalistic hand - more reminiscent of Neo-Marxian doctrine of entitlement than it is to the classical Judeo-Chrisitan rule of centuries past. Instead of being ruled by virtue, or protagonist is ruled by the ever-demanding "want!" of his body. Cookies, milk, soft bedding, but no time for self reflection, no orison nor even secular gratitude is shared by our profane hero. We compare the mouse's struggle for "want" to the Defoe's struggle for need in Robinson Crusoe, and we are dismayed at the descent from virtue of our present day society, in which our vices and excesses have supplanted our virtues and reservations. In his gustatory pursuits, we observe his coy glances, his polite demeanor, but ultimately his ingratitude. And what disturbs us as the reader is his humanlike disposition, his canny vanity, his concern with appearances and hygienic preoccupations, and his servility to routine. His look into the pierglass is so human that one expects to see our diminutive friend the next time we check for our own milk-mustaches – the parodic symbol of self-indulgence and minor fall from poise. The vanity implicit in our héros de rongeurs is startling parallel to our own fall from grace, manifest in Milton's Paradise Lost. Despite his many pleasures, his many "wants" they are startlingly mundane to us, they are self-serving but unambitious. He foregoes the search for self-discovery, for transcendent pleasure, for the pleasures of immediacy, which feed his vanity and his comfort. His look into the mirror reveals to us a world of pleasures forgone, given up, in the vain restraints of society, with which he is disturbingly complicit. His concern for his milk-mustache, his imagined need for a haircut - a purely imaginary need for our rodent friend, one which is purely vain and removed from true necessity, disturbs us, but warms us to him. He is made more human to us, but that is precisely the element which disturbs us and makes us question our own vain pursuits. But our hero’s desires are manifold. What begins as a novel of unhealthy appetite of necessity and hunger, become a hunger for a higher appetite: the hunger for the aesthetic. He’ll probably ask you to read him a story. So you’ll read him one from one of your books, and he’ll ask to see the pictures. When he looks at the pictures, he’ll get so excited he’ll want to draw one of his own. He’ll ask for paper and crayons. What began as low hierarchical needs (according to Maszlow), rises with expediency to needs of self-realization in his pursuit for artistic expression. This passage is the greatest drop of the mask of our narrator revealing her greater purpose: to expose the mimetic nature of our deepest desires. Upon hearing the story, which we imagine is the very story we are reading – a classical representation of the meta-literary play often attributed to post-modern writers, and seeing the illustrations, he is moved by a previously unknown desire. Due to the constrained world in which the narrative takes place –a small house, presumably in the suburbs, a set-manifestation of the class so brutally satirized – we must consider this desire within the constraint of the story. What moves our hero to request a bedtime story? We can only assume it is a routine he has usurped from his benefactors, a further emulation of their posh lives which they take for granted. The story is so moving to the mouse that he is immediately affected. What author can claim artistic impulse in a void? Certainly no contemporary author is without his or her literary influences. Literature too is circuitous in its search for the truth: every author seeks the “answers” behind his characters, behind his plot, behind the meaning of his life’s work, but each author usurps his questions from his literary forefathers (or foremothers). Where is literature without Homer? Without Sophocles or Plato, Plutarch? The question we are never answered is what moved the unnamed author of the unknown bedtime story to write it? We know only that our bourgeois protagonist seeks emulation of that art. If you give a mouse a cookie ends with an almost Borgesian nihilism: “ Looking at the refrigerator will remind him that he’s thirsty so…he’ll ask for a glass of milk. And chances are if he asks for a glass of milk, he’s going to want a cookie to go with it.” Thus desire begets desire, begets desire – the search for fulfillment is endless, and our hero is left always hungry for something new, but can never identify what that is. We are left haunted by this “children’s” story, but the foolishness of the petite protagonist, who wants big things – but those “big things” seem very small to us. It makes the reader turn in upon himself/herself and wonder: what do I want? And what is the ultimate path of my “wants”? Can I ever be fulfilled or am I resigned to the mazy route of routine-desire? Imagine waking up to realize the fruition of your ultimate desire is only the begetting of more desires? Desires of things which you only believe that you want? Chilling.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Laura Joffe Numeroff A boy gives a cookie to a mouse. The mouse asks for a glass of milk. He then requests a straw (to drink the milk), a mirror (to avoid a milk mustache), nail scissors (to trim his hair in the mirror), and a broom (to sweep up his hair trimmings). Next he wants to take a nap, have a story read to him, draw a picture, and hang the drawing on the refrigerator. Looking at the refrigerator makes him thirsty, so the mouse asks for a glass of milk. The c If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Laura Joffe Numeroff A boy gives a cookie to a mouse. The mouse asks for a glass of milk. He then requests a straw (to drink the milk), a mirror (to avoid a milk mustache), nail scissors (to trim his hair in the mirror), and a broom (to sweep up his hair trimmings). Next he wants to take a nap, have a story read to him, draw a picture, and hang the drawing on the refrigerator. Looking at the refrigerator makes him thirsty, so the mouse asks for a glass of milk. The circle is complete when he wants a cookie to go with it. تاریخ نخستین خوان: روز پانزدهم ماه اکتبر سال 2015 میلادی عنوان: اگر به یک موش شیرینی بدهی؛ نویسنده: لورا نامروف؛ تصویرگر: فیلیسیا بوند (باند)؛ مترجم: مژگان کلهر؛ تهران: سیمای شرق، کتابهای زرافه،‏‫‫ 1393؛ در 36 ص، مصور، شابک: 9786006628363؛ موضوع: داستان خیال انگیز بازی‌های کودکان از نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده 20 م ‬‬عنوان: اگر شما یک شیرینی به یک موش بدهید...؛ نویسنده لورا نامروف ؛ تصویرگر: فیلیسا باند ؛ مترجم: محبوبه ساطع؛ اصفهان : ویراسته ، ‏‫1392؛ در 24 ص؛ مصور رنگی؛ شابک: 9786009055197؛ گروه سنی ب؛‬ کتاب کودک «اگر به یک موش شیرینی بدهی…» داستان موشی است، که وقتی به او یک شیرینی بدهید، یک لیوان شیر هم می‌خواهد. شیرش را که تمام کرد، می‌خواهد توی آینه خودش را ببیند، که سبیلش شیری شده یا نه. در آینه که نگاه می‌کند، می‌فهمد که باید موهایش را مرتب کند و…؛ ا. شربیانی

  5. 4 out of 5

    Archit

    Every time, somebody says Cookie or mouse, it is impossible for me to not repeat the entire title. Funny and unique. This poem is innovative and entertains amazingly.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♥ℂĦℝΪՖƬΪℕÅ

    3 Cookie ★'s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is an okay picture book, it's not a favorite of mine that's for sure but at the same time, it is really cute. I found this one to be a bit boring and it actually kinda annoyed me. The illustrations weren’t very colorful nor were they bold enough. The story does not have the deepest meaning, but overall... Meh, it's an okay book for children, I guess. I won't be reading it again though, once was plenty. 3 Cookie ★'s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is an okay picture book, it's not a favorite of mine that's for sure but at the same time, it is really cute. I found this one to be a bit boring and it actually kinda annoyed me. The illustrations weren’t very colorful nor were they bold enough. The story does not have the deepest meaning, but overall... Meh, it's an okay book for children, I guess. I won't be reading it again though, once was plenty.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Although I do have to admit that Laura Joffe Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a cute and entertainingly sweet enough little story (and I also realise that young children often tend to much love cumulative tales and perhaps even guessing what might occur next, what might the next scenario be), personally (and having first read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as an older adult in my late 40s), I am left more than a bit underwhelmed and unmoved (as even Felicia Bond's accompanying illustrati Although I do have to admit that Laura Joffe Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a cute and entertainingly sweet enough little story (and I also realise that young children often tend to much love cumulative tales and perhaps even guessing what might occur next, what might the next scenario be), personally (and having first read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as an older adult in my late 40s), I am left more than a bit underwhelmed and unmoved (as even Felicia Bond's accompanying illustrations seem rather unspectacular and much too gaudy and cartoon like, even rather strangely unrealistic for my personal aesthetic tastes). For I guess I just generally do much prefer stories (and even with regard to picture books for younger children) that have a bit more substance and plot, that have more of an actual story to them with conflicts and resolutions. And while I could well and definitely imagine reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie aloud to a small child or to a group of small children (and that this could and would likely be a hit, a major audience success), I also would most likely not all that much enjoy having to read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie repeatedly or rather being asked to read it over and over again (as I think this could rapidly become majorly tedious and annoying for me), but then again, considering that I also had similarly simple German language picture books with which I kind of tortured my parents and grandparents with my constant demands of having them read to me when I was very young, I probably should not be so overly and massively critical here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah

    I know a ton of people love this book, but not me. The illustrations aren't horrible and neither are they uniquely memorable; moreover, the story is uninteresting and bland. What type of thought went into this book anyway? I've met Laura and she's a nice lady, but give me a break! The story is cute, but it is just a bland series of partially logical observations made by the author about this mouse. If Laura can come up with a book like this and publish it, then I have lost a lot of confidence in I know a ton of people love this book, but not me. The illustrations aren't horrible and neither are they uniquely memorable; moreover, the story is uninteresting and bland. What type of thought went into this book anyway? I've met Laura and she's a nice lady, but give me a break! The story is cute, but it is just a bland series of partially logical observations made by the author about this mouse. If Laura can come up with a book like this and publish it, then I have lost a lot of confidence in the quality of children's book out in the market-not too mention the motives of publishers (hmmm...money not quality). I could come up with something similar, so let me try (I might just publish it later). If you give a dog some food he might want some water. If you give a dog some water he might want a walk. If you give a dog a walk he might want a snack. If you give a dog a snack he might want a nap....get my boring drift.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Simon Watts

    I enjoy children's books more as an adult than I ever did as a child. Perhaps, this is because I can see past the cutesy bullshit and appreciate the adult agenda within them. For example, The Butter Battle Book is far more chilling when read as an adult coping with our nuclear reality. And Tango Makes Three introduces children to homosexuality, while The Berenstein Bears introduces children to how Pappa Berenstein hates foreigners. Who's really surprised? If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is both a le I enjoy children's books more as an adult than I ever did as a child. Perhaps, this is because I can see past the cutesy bullshit and appreciate the adult agenda within them. For example, The Butter Battle Book is far more chilling when read as an adult coping with our nuclear reality. And Tango Makes Three introduces children to homosexuality, while The Berenstein Bears introduces children to how Pappa Berenstein hates foreigners. Who's really surprised? If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is both a lesson about the very adult dangers of kindness, and can even be interpreted as a warning against welfare. (I don't know enough to have a proper opinion on the welfare debate, but I appreciate that a childrens book can even raise that question.) It's impact might be lost on child readers, but I believe the exposure to such concepts is good for their minds. 5/5 stars for asking troubling questions.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    There's a good amount of happy nostalgia associated with this book for me, so, the bad is that it makes it hard for me to review this objectively, but, the good is that obviously I loved it when I was little. And, I can still see why! The illustrations are adorable and the absurdity of the antics of this helpful little mouse are delightful! I can appreciate now the 'helpful' actions of the mouse reflecting those of children who 'help' mom in the kitchen (i.e. cooking breakfast while leaving a hu There's a good amount of happy nostalgia associated with this book for me, so, the bad is that it makes it hard for me to review this objectively, but, the good is that obviously I loved it when I was little. And, I can still see why! The illustrations are adorable and the absurdity of the antics of this helpful little mouse are delightful! I can appreciate now the 'helpful' actions of the mouse reflecting those of children who 'help' mom in the kitchen (i.e. cooking breakfast while leaving a huge mess behind) as well as the exhaustion that comes with taking care of something. I also adore (now and when I was little) the scale of everything: the mouse in relation to the cookie, the tiny box for the mouse to sleep in, etc. All in all, a whole lot of fun!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zoraya Brown

    'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' is one that I would use to teach the children in my class 'cause and effect,' sequencing, and various procedures for everyday life. I enjoyed how with each occurrence the author prompted another one, which is a great way to help children to understand how items or events are paired and how one action leads to another. For example, at the beginning of the story the cookie leads to the mouse wanting milk, then in the end, after a long chain of cause and effect events 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' is one that I would use to teach the children in my class 'cause and effect,' sequencing, and various procedures for everyday life. I enjoyed how with each occurrence the author prompted another one, which is a great way to help children to understand how items or events are paired and how one action leads to another. For example, at the beginning of the story the cookie leads to the mouse wanting milk, then in the end, after a long chain of cause and effect events, the cycle also ends with a cookie and milk. By having children guess what may happen or what they would want to happen, the story is a great gateway to classroom discussions that create higher levels of thinking in young children.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    Well, I just reread this for the June Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group. The theme for the month of June is culinary. My favorite of this series has always been If You Give a Moose a Muffin. I like the alliteration, the moose, the humor best of all. But, this is a fun book too. I like all of Laura Joffe Numeroff's "If You..." books. They're very engaging. Well, I just reread this for the June Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group. The theme for the month of June is culinary. My favorite of this series has always been If You Give a Moose a Muffin. I like the alliteration, the moose, the humor best of all. But, this is a fun book too. I like all of Laura Joffe Numeroff's "If You..." books. They're very engaging.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I know, it probably seems odd for a 23 year old to give a children's book such a good review, but this has always been, and still is, one of my all time favorite books. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was one of the first books that I read. It was in my elementary school's library, and if you go to that school and find the book it probably still has my name stamped in the back of it a hundred times. I love the continuous progression of the story and the mouse's needs. It is sure to make any child l I know, it probably seems odd for a 23 year old to give a children's book such a good review, but this has always been, and still is, one of my all time favorite books. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was one of the first books that I read. It was in my elementary school's library, and if you go to that school and find the book it probably still has my name stamped in the back of it a hundred times. I love the continuous progression of the story and the mouse's needs. It is sure to make any child laugh and possibly some adults, too. One thing is for certain, the mouse in the book is the neediest mouse I've ever met!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nick Ruffilo

    While I read this as a child, I decided to re-read it again as my wife has not read any of the quintessential childrens books. As an adult reading this book to an adult, there are a few things to note: (SPOILER ALERT) 1) Mice are messy 2) Apparently, kids will clean up after the messes that mice leave 3) Mice are much better at drawing pictures than children 4) Stranger Danger doesn't extend into the word of critters -Nick While I read this as a child, I decided to re-read it again as my wife has not read any of the quintessential childrens books. As an adult reading this book to an adult, there are a few things to note: (SPOILER ALERT) 1) Mice are messy 2) Apparently, kids will clean up after the messes that mice leave 3) Mice are much better at drawing pictures than children 4) Stranger Danger doesn't extend into the word of critters -Nick

  15. 5 out of 5

    SheAintGotNoShoes

    Adorable. Sort of like ' Give 'em an inch and they'll take a yard ' Adorable. Sort of like ' Give 'em an inch and they'll take a yard '

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eva Marie

    Okay well, I guess I'm about the only person in the world who thinks these books stink. Even Julia disagrees with me and we had an entire conversation with each of us stating our points after we read this. (She's quite the debater for not yet being 6 years old.) I don't find these books enjoyable AT ALL. In fact, I'll reiterate my thoughts for the slow ones out there - I think THEY STINK. Who can't write this? Rocks can't I guess. Slugs. Water bugs. A few others. Most humans can I think. Well, m Okay well, I guess I'm about the only person in the world who thinks these books stink. Even Julia disagrees with me and we had an entire conversation with each of us stating our points after we read this. (She's quite the debater for not yet being 6 years old.) I don't find these books enjoyable AT ALL. In fact, I'll reiterate my thoughts for the slow ones out there - I think THEY STINK. Who can't write this? Rocks can't I guess. Slugs. Water bugs. A few others. Most humans can I think. Well, most humans with a few brain cells still kicking can. I think you could take some 78 year old crackhead who has been huffing paint and gas for the past 58 years, give him a pen, a piece of paper, and while dangling a crack rock in front of him, tell him to write a mediocre story and you'd have something along the lines of this masterpiece right here. How does this happen? Do you just have to get lucky? Can I get lucky like this chick? Do I even want to be lucky like her? Then I'd have to own up to actually writing this mess. By the way, the reason this isn't getting one star is because my kid refused to let me. She insisted we compromise. I said one star, she said five. So she made me add an extra star. I can't help but feel I got over on her. I wonder what she'll say when she grows up and reads this? :-D I love you Juliebug!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anthony K

    This book is either an innocent fun and silly story... or its a first childhood look at conceptual social critique on the inherent consequences of social welfare... You tell me. All jokes aside, this book is adorable, with wonderful illustrations.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Ramirez

    This book was so sweet! The illustrations are colorful and eye-catching, as well as the characters soon become loved in each page. I thought the story line was perfectly planned out in the tale of events of the mouse and the small boy that makes a small friend by showing he cares. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any school or home library because it specifically teaches on character building for young children, I believe. The care and kindness of the little boy in the story to This book was so sweet! The illustrations are colorful and eye-catching, as well as the characters soon become loved in each page. I thought the story line was perfectly planned out in the tale of events of the mouse and the small boy that makes a small friend by showing he cares. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any school or home library because it specifically teaches on character building for young children, I believe. The care and kindness of the little boy in the story towards giving the mouse everything he might need shows the friendly, compassion that children can exhibit to their friends and family. It can also be beneficial in a classroom as a school may encourage students to exhibit the 'Pillars of Character' seen in many schools I know of today. Even more specifically, children could have a discussion with their parents or school class about the specific qualities that they too can exhibit in kindness and generousity towards others, as the child did in this story. With the energetic illustrations and easy-to-read progression of the book, it is sure to be a family and classroom favorite!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Cain

    Summary and Critique: This has always been one of my favorite books because it was one of the first books i ever learned how to read. It was about a mouse who gets a cookie, but one he gets the cookie he wants milk and once he gets milk he wants a straw. It was just a progression of events that all lead about to the fact that you gave the mouse a cookie. He is never satisfied until the very end when he is finally done needing stuff. Very cute children's book for beginner readers. Classroom use: Summary and Critique: This has always been one of my favorite books because it was one of the first books i ever learned how to read. It was about a mouse who gets a cookie, but one he gets the cookie he wants milk and once he gets milk he wants a straw. It was just a progression of events that all lead about to the fact that you gave the mouse a cookie. He is never satisfied until the very end when he is finally done needing stuff. Very cute children's book for beginner readers. Classroom use: Since this book is for such young kids, i would have them do a drawing assignment of their favorite part with a few sentences explaining what they drew with the help of me. Genre: Comedy, humor Format: picture back with little text Grade level: PreK- 3rd grade Theme/topic: Sharing, compassion Gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status: None were involved in this book Citation: Numeroff, L., & Bond, F. (1985). If you give a mouse a cookie. New York: Harper & Row.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rossy

    What a nice and well-mannered little mouse :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    This series of books is ADOOORRRRABLE!!! I loved it & try to give it as gifts to little ones (3& up age group) when I can find it. Simply darling :-))

  22. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    The first in Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's wildly popular If You Give a... series - which also includes If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was chosen as one of five June selections, over in The Picture-Book Club to which I belong. Our theme this month is "Culinary Delights" - this got the nod for the cookie, not the mouse (sorry, couldn't resist!) - and I was happy to see it on the list, as I had been meaning to read it for som The first in Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's wildly popular If You Give a... series - which also includes If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was chosen as one of five June selections, over in The Picture-Book Club to which I belong. Our theme this month is "Culinary Delights" - this got the nod for the cookie, not the mouse (sorry, couldn't resist!) - and I was happy to see it on the list, as I had been meaning to read it for some time. Unfortunately, although I thought this was a cute little story, with cute illustrations, I am at something of a loss to explain its popularity. I imagine that it must be fun to read at bedtime, with each of the mouse's demands leading to another, until finally the narrative comes full circle. I also imagine that the colorful illustrations must grab and hold the young child's attention. But although these are undeniable merits, my response was still only lukewarm, and I probably won't be seeking out the sequels.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cam

    If you give a mouse a cookie there is a good chance he’s going to make himself at home lol. This is a summer read that was on my sons list of books for school. Cute book. Will I remember it in a year from now... probably not but cute.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Nelson

    Summary: A boy gives a mouse a cookie and this begins a chain of events. The mouse wants different things as a result of each of the events in the story. This is a great book that illustrates cause and effect relationships through pictures and text. It starts out with a mouse wanting milk as a result of getting a cookie. Then, the mouse asks for items like a straw and a napkin because of what has happened. It circles back the mouse asking the little boy for some milk and a cookie at the end. Char Summary: A boy gives a mouse a cookie and this begins a chain of events. The mouse wants different things as a result of each of the events in the story. This is a great book that illustrates cause and effect relationships through pictures and text. It starts out with a mouse wanting milk as a result of getting a cookie. Then, the mouse asks for items like a straw and a napkin because of what has happened. It circles back the mouse asking the little boy for some milk and a cookie at the end. Characteristics to Support Genre: This book has colorful, playful pictures that help the reader make predictions and understand the text. Concepts Integrated: cause & effect, events in a story, sequencing, social studies, goods & services, wants & needs Other Suggestions that could be useful regarding literary content, reading level, and other ways in which the book might be integrated: 1-3 reading level Writing - This book teaches students about cause and effect relationships. It is also a great book to teach students about events and sequencing of events in a story. Social studies - Students could use this book to identify wants and needs in the story. Teachers could also introduce the concept of goods and services during this book. Social studies lesson plan that I’ve used in the past: http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/lessons/mo... Link to story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyk55...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I feel certain I must have read this before at some point but I really didn't remember anything about it. I actually had a bit of a distaste built up for reading it--and now I am honestly not sure why!!! It is such a cute, fun story! I think maybe I just felt the whole thing had been over-commercialized and there are so many spin-offs now (which I also haven't read so it's not fair of me to judge!) Anyway, I think it's just the sort of story I would have liked when I was little, too--taking care I feel certain I must have read this before at some point but I really didn't remember anything about it. I actually had a bit of a distaste built up for reading it--and now I am honestly not sure why!!! It is such a cute, fun story! I think maybe I just felt the whole thing had been over-commercialized and there are so many spin-offs now (which I also haven't read so it's not fair of me to judge!) Anyway, I think it's just the sort of story I would have liked when I was little, too--taking care of an animal, and a cute mouse at that (and all the eensy-weensy mouse-sized things, like the bed for the mouse) and the fun-filled annoyance-exhaustion of the boy as things spiral a bit out of control ;-p An adorable and super fun read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is not the kind of thing I normally read, but I was in the waiting room at the dentist while my mom was getting a root canal and I'd already finished the book I'd brought with me, as well as a Vogue magazine and the issue of Martha Stewart Living where Martha throws some weak pie-related shade at Gwyneth Paltrow. So it was either this or David Decides About Thumbsucking. Mouse it is! Long story short: if you give a mouse a cookie, you'll never get rid of him. This is not the kind of thing I normally read, but I was in the waiting room at the dentist while my mom was getting a root canal and I'd already finished the book I'd brought with me, as well as a Vogue magazine and the issue of Martha Stewart Living where Martha throws some weak pie-related shade at Gwyneth Paltrow. So it was either this or David Decides About Thumbsucking. Mouse it is! Long story short: if you give a mouse a cookie, you'll never get rid of him.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A young boy begins his day by offering a little brown mouse a cookie. No longer happy with that, the mouse wants more; a cup of milk to quench his thirst, a napkin to wipe his face, a mirror to make sure he looks okay and so on. All common sense activities that take them on a journey around the house. Except by the end of the day the boy is worn out, the house is somewhat of a mess and the cycle begins again. This is a cute childrens' picture book that teaches young boys and girls about sharing a A young boy begins his day by offering a little brown mouse a cookie. No longer happy with that, the mouse wants more; a cup of milk to quench his thirst, a napkin to wipe his face, a mirror to make sure he looks okay and so on. All common sense activities that take them on a journey around the house. Except by the end of the day the boy is worn out, the house is somewhat of a mess and the cycle begins again. This is a cute childrens' picture book that teaches young boys and girls about sharing and caring for others. First published in 1985, this is a story that never grows old.

  28. 5 out of 5

    YA Reads Book Reviews

    Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole. When I was teaching pre-k with 4-6 years olds, I scheduled a whole week dedicated to Laura Numeroff. I had everything planned out in my curriculum and the students did a whole bunch of fun things….they loved it! In my daycare, I have the following ages: 1,2,3,4. This book was a little too…..advanced for them. They didn’t seem to find the story very interesting and the pictures weren’t colorful or bold enough. I would definitely recommend Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole. When I was teaching pre-k with 4-6 years olds, I scheduled a whole week dedicated to Laura Numeroff. I had everything planned out in my curriculum and the students did a whole bunch of fun things….they loved it! In my daycare, I have the following ages: 1,2,3,4. This book was a little too…..advanced for them. They didn’t seem to find the story very interesting and the pictures weren’t colorful or bold enough. I would definitely recommend this book for a slightly older age group (probably 4-6 is a good place to start.)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Cute! One thing leads to another is this adorable childrens book. The story is catchy, the images fantastic. There a re a few challenging words that will test a child skill or they might need help with depending how young they are and what their reading level it. But overall, I think any child can love this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Great book! A lot like my life, one thing leads to another and I'm constantly side-tracked! Great book! A lot like my life, one thing leads to another and I'm constantly side-tracked!

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