If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
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...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.
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
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

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
May 14, 2011 Gundula rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: small children who like repetition and cute "what if" stories
Like my GR friend Abigail states in her excellent review, this was indeed a cute little story, but like her general reaction, I was also left a bit unaffected and unmoved by the book (even the illustrations I found rather unspectacular). I guess that I generally prefer stories (even in picture books for younger children) that have a bit more substance and plot to them. 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...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...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...more
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
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.

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
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...more
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...more
Kristina Charnecki
Genre: Other Picture Book

An energetic and somewhat demanding mouse tires out this poor little boy with all of his requests, which all starts when the boy offers the mouse a cookie.

a.) A major strength of this book is the illustrations.
b.) The cartoon-like pictures are very colorful and detailed. They are great incorporations to the book because they go exactly with the text. If this was a wordless picture book, readers would be able to follow along and understand the storyline.
c.) An example of...more
This is such an amazing children’s book. I feel like it is a classic book that everyone has had read to them and has read to their younger siblings, cousins, children they baby sit, etc. I remember having my parents read this book to me when I was younger.
A young boy gives a mouse a cookie. The mouse then asks for a glass of milk. Then a straw to drink his milk out of. Then to wants to look at himself in the mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache. After looking at himself in the...more
Andrea Ference
This story is my all time favorite from my childhood. If you give a Mouse a Cookie is about a mouse that wants a cookie and when the boy gives him a cookie it leads to a long list of other things the mouse will want to have. The mouse first gets a cookie and he asks for a glass of milk to go with it. Once he has gotten the milk he asks for a straw and a napkin. After he has finished drinking and eating the cookie he wants to check for a milk mustache so he now needs a mirror. When the mouse is l...more
Adam Krause
“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” was a good book. It brings back memories of when I was little. If you give an energetic mouse a cookie, it’s an instant sugar rush. After the mouse wants a cookie he will ask for milk. Milk is the best thing you could have with a cookie. Then that little mouse will want to see if he has a milk mustache.

The mouse has to be everyone’s favorite character. He’s a little mouse that eats a cookie! Even though the mouse asks for many things, you can’t say no to him. He m...more
Book Title: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
Description: The boy gets a cookie and goes through the events of what would happen if you give a mouse a cookie. He tells what giving a mouse a cookie will cause to happen.
Narrative Structure: The boy tells about what happens when he gives a mouse a cookie. He gives the mouse a cookie, and he wants milk, if he wants milk he will spill it…. etc
Endings: In the end, the boy goes through the entire day of what would happen if you give a mouse a cookie. And c...more
Mariah Olson
There was a preschool/daycare I worked in for 90 hours earlier this year and this was one of the favorite books among the children I worked with and they would read it with me over and over again. The kids in my classroom ranged from ages 5-7 and this was a great book for them because it's an easy read and repeats a lot of the same words so children can start to memorize those words and can feel more confident about their reading abilities. This is also a great picture book because the illustrat...more
I personally like this book, note how I used "like" instead of "liked." As a kid, I grew up with this book, in fact, I grew up with alot of Laura Numeroff books. I really liked them as a kid, finding them fun to read and think about with my "use to be" colorful and widespread imagination.
I find this book to be quite humorous and what I like to call a character book. Which lets the reader have a free way of steering while reading the book, making it a custom fit for any kid who gets to listen to...more
Grade level: Pre-K to 1st Grade
Bond’s illustrations take the child on an imaginative journey through a day with an exasperating little mouse. Her use of bright colors and detailed fine lines emphasize the colossal task of offering a mouse a snack, and the trials and tribulations that go along with making such a decision. Numeroff’s text offers the predictability and repetition that a beginner needs to feel confident about learning to read. Students will enjoy following this little mouse and his...more
Madison Hanneman
"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an excellent book for children. I read this to kids I was babysitting for, and they absolutely loved it. They loved all of the different things the mouse wanted after he got the cookie. The book has very good illustrations that are very colorful, and detailed for each scene. I think the main lesson in this story is to show kids cause and effect. After every action, there is a reaction. If you give the mouse a cookie, he is going to want a glass of milk, etc. I w...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
A veiled polemic against welfare states but enjoyable nonetheless and failed to convince me of its central premise because who the heck doesn't want to hang out with that mouse I mean look at it
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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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