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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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by HarperCollins (first published 1985)
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Mar 11, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
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
Jul 29, 2013 David rated it liked it
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 ...more
Sep 13, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing

Huge hit at my house with both my six year old son and five year old daughter. Very cute book that is simple and engaging!
Feb 21, 2016 Manybooks rated it liked it
Recommends it for: small children who like repetition and cute "what if" stories
Although this is a cute little story, I have to admit that I am left a bit unaffected and unmoved (even the illustrations seem rather unspectacular); I guess that I generally prefer stories (even picture books for younger children) that have a bit more substance and plot. And while I could imagine reading this story aloud to a small child, I would most likely not enjoy reading it repeatedly (as I think this could rapidly become tedious).
Plague Jack
Sep 25, 2014 Plague Jack rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2008 Jeremiah rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-books
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
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 ...more
Nick Ruffilo
Oct 16, 2009 Nick Ruffilo rated it really liked it
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

Feb 06, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
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 ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 27, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
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.
Anthony K
Jun 20, 2016 Anthony K rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 02, 2015 Rossy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
What a nice and well-mannered little mouse :)
Jeffery Taylor
Feb 11, 2015 Jeffery Taylor rated it it was amazing
A timeless story about alienation, materialism, and class-consciousness. The mouse, obviously a metaphorical stand-in for humanity, (which often gets referred to as a 'rat race'), wants a cookie. Now, if we understand cookies to be a representation of that which we desire, the metaphor could not be more apt. Cookies provide no nutritional value. We all want cookies, yet they do little for us, except maybe go to our thighs. Yet as soon as we get a cookie, we want another. It's no good. The second ...more
Eva Leger
Feb 19, 2011 Eva Leger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julias-books
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
Kathy Ramirez
Feb 22, 2012 Kathy Ramirez rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jessica Cain
Dec 09, 2014 Jessica Cain rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307, comedy, humor
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:
Anna Reid
Dec 09, 2014 Anna Reid rated it it was amazing
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie is one book from the series written by Laura Joffe Numeroff. This book is fun and humorous as it starts out by a boy eating a cookie. The boy spots a mouse and offers a cookie to the mouse, but this starts a long line of giving and taking between the mouse and the boy. The mouse then asks for a glass of milk, a straw, a napkin, and so on. The illustrations in this story are crucial because they so clearly depict what is taking place. If readers struggle with certain ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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.
Aug 07, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Jun 21, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A book we read a while ago, it was satisfactory but a bit over the heads of my preschoolers. My 5 yr old liked it good enough, but there wasn't enough text to make this even vaguely educational. Still, it was an entertaining story with good illustrations.
Britt Guild
Mar 27, 2014 Britt Guild rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a wonderful book to read just to laugh. I find my daughter and I quoting this book daily as we end our meals with, "Would you like a cookie to go with it?" The illustrations bring depth to each page from the detail of each hair the mouse cuts off his head to each crease in the mouse's underwear. The story might make me laugh more than my daughter as I always feel like my children are asking me for one thing after another. There are days when I feel the same as the boy at the end of the ...more
Tonya Nelson
Apr 27, 2014 Tonya Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.

Kathryn Boyle
Aug 20, 2014 Kathryn Boyle rated it liked it
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a story about a boy, when sitting on the grass outside his house eating a cookie, discovers a little mouse. He kindly gives the cookie to the mouse. After the mouse eats the cookie, he asks for some milk and then a straw. The mouse's requests begin simple enough but he continues to ask for more and more and until he ends up moving into the boy's home.

This story is suitable for children aged 4-6. It is a simple picture book with colourful illustrations on each page
Brianna Tornabene
I get it, this book is satirizing appeasement because it can escalate. However, I think that this is offensive to people like myself with lactose intolerance and glucose intolerance. Packages clearly state when the food item is gluten-free, and correct me if I am wrong but I see no evidence of the non-existing glucose. I bet that cookie is SATURATED in C6H12O6. The glucose CONSUMES the dessert. Additionally, I see chocolate chips inside of that cookie. Yeah you can argue me and tell me that it ...more
Jun 15, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jenn Clauss
Sep 01, 2015 Jenn Clauss rated it liked it
I know If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is considered a classic, but I wasn't all that enamored with it as a child, and I can't say that I am as an adult, either. There are a lot better picture books out there in terms of both illustrations and story that don't get nearly as much attention.
Erin Lynn
Mar 20, 2016 Erin Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A reread for me (and the kids I babysit), but it's still just as amazing as it was when I was a kid.
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 :-))
Inspired Kathy
Sep 02, 2008 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Great book! A lot like my life, one thing leads to another and I'm constantly side-tracked!
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Laura Joffe Numeroff is an American author of children's books. Numeroff originally wanted to be a writer, but decided to follow her older sister's footsteps and become a fashion designer instead. Laura attended Pratt Institute of Design but then decided to become a writer again and wrote her first book with only 4 rejections. - Wikipedia.
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