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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  155,017 ratings  ·  2,274 reviews
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, 32 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published 1985)
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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 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

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!
Apr 10, 2015 Gundula rated it 3 of 5 stars
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 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie repeatedly (as I think this could rapidly become tedious).
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 hu ...more
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

Plague Jack
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 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 ...more
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.
Eva Leger
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
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 ...more
Lisa 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.
What a nice and well-mannered little mouse :)
Jeffery Taylor
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
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:
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.
Anna Reid
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
Kathryn Boyle
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
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.

Britt Guild
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 s ...more
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
Nick Handrich
“If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff is about a young boy who decides to give a mouse a cookie. This boy gives the mouse the cookie then the mouse takes advantage of him asking for one thing after another.

There are two characters in “If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie”, the young boy and the mouse. The boy keeps giving the mouse whatever it asks for. The mouse asks for the cookie and many other things and gets them.

This takes place in modern times. You can really tell this from the pictur
Becky Schroeder
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a very simple children's book. It is about a young boy who has a pet mouse that keeps wanting more and more. It starts off with the boy giving the mouse a cookie, and then the mouse wants milk to go with it. After everything the boy gives the mouse, the mouse wants something to go with it. This kind of reminds me about how people can act. Even if you give them what they want, they won't always be satisfied.

The mouse's character does develop throughout this pictur
Guadalupe Sanchez
If you give a mouse a cookie by Numeroff Laura Joffe
Genre: children’s literature Reading level: p-3 grade Format: good

If you give a mouse a cookie is a book about a mouse and a boy. The mouse starts off by asking the boy if he can give him a cookie. The mouse gets the cookie and then asks for a glass of milk to go with it. Throughout the whole book the mouse is asking the boy to give him certain objects when he realizes he needs to do something for himself or to clean up his mess. While I was r
Kate Babbitt
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff is a great simple story timeline of events that happens if you give a mouse a cookie, which can relay to giving a cookie to a child. The character is a little mouse who has an imagination that children can relate to in wanting one thing and then wanting to do other things as well, and how they all link. It is fun for a child to read and predict what will come next on each page. In the classroom, this book could be used as predicting but also i ...more
This book is about a boy and a mouse. The mouse wants a cookie. Once the mouse gets a cookie he keeps asking for a list of things such as a napkin, and a glass of milk.

The genre of this book is fiction. The format is picture book. The reading level is lower elementary. I would use this book to have students take the idea of one thing leading to another but with a different topic and character. The theme is one thing leads to another. This book would be good for any gender, race or socioeconomic
Liam Mernagh
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is the title of a book by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Its plot deals with a boy who, when sitting on the grass outside his house eating a cookie, discovers a little mouse. He kindly gives a cookie to the mouse. After eating a cookie, the mouse has some milk and then decides to clean his face. This starts simply enough, but the mouse keeps getting distracted and is constantly moving on to other projects, leaving unfinished ones behind resulting in an amusing sequence of eve ...more
Yue Zhou
This book is written by Laura Joffe Numeroff, suggests to children that a small thing such as a mouse can make a series of troubles and finally becomes a large issue. This is a very humorous book and this makes it fun for children to read and learn from it.

In this book, the mouse can represent a naughty child who always requires a lot and makes the room messy. Although Numeroff does not explain everything in the text, the illustration tells something more than the words. For example, in the sto
Errin Tucker
This is a picture book that is designed for children P-I.

This book is about a boy and mouse. The mouse wants a cookie. Once the boy gives the mouse a cookie it leads to all types of different things that the mouse wants.

I enjoyed this book because it was very colorful with the pictures. The story was funny because every time the mouse got one thing it lead into him wanting something else. The story ends where where there the child or the reader can fill in the blank, so to speak, of what they m
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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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