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If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (If You Give...)

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Mouse is back for the holidays! A first sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, starring Mouse!

The famous little mouse from the children's classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back in another irresistible tale full of holiday antics. This time, if you take him to the movies, he'll ask you for some popcorn. If you give him the popcorn, he'll want to string it all togeth
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by HarperCollins
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Mar 02, 2015 Rossy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Loved the illustrations, they were so colorful!
When he made the snowman and the ornaments that look just like him, my cold heart melted a little <3
Eva Leger
Dec 04, 2010 Eva Leger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julias-books
This is just awful. The only reason I'm giving it two stars is because Julia thinks the damn mouse is cute so I feel bad giving it a one. But Juliaa herself said the book stinks.
Maybe it's my OCD flaring up but what sense did this make? First of all, I can fly with the whole 'taking a mouse to the movies' thing - could be cute so okay. I can even see giving him popcorn. After all, if I did take a mouse to the movies I'd probably give the little guy something to eat. But I get reaaallll lost aft
Joy Gerbode
Oct 28, 2015 Joy Gerbode rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book, especially at Christmas time, as it incorporates Christmas activities. I love the way her books always end up back where they started. What a fun way to end my year!

Once again a fun book to share with the grandchildren.
Sep 25, 2012 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely adorable. The little mouse is back from eating cookies, and it is time for the holidays! This book is about the little mouse going to the movies during the holidays. Instead of the mouse wanting a cookie, he will ask for some popcorn which makes perfect sense because he is at the movies! The little mouse also loves to string the popcorn and hang it on the tree and to make snowmen. I like how the story begins and ends with the mouse and the boy going to the movies. Just as ...more
Katherine Cowley
If you take a mouse to the may be in for an awesome Christmas. The mouse is inventive and full of energy as always, and this Christmas book is one I didn't mind reading again and again and again. The preschool book group my kids go to also read this book, and online you can find lots of fun related crafts to do with your kids. Also: indoor snowball fights using polyfil are the best!
Katie Bacich
Feb 03, 2016 Katie Bacich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If You Take a Mouse to the Movies”, by Laura Joffe Numeroff, is the tale of what a mouse will want every time you give him something new. Laura Numeroff has many other books with the same story line as this one, such as “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, and “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”. But this story starts out by the main character taking the mouse to the movies, where he buys the mouse some popcorn. Because the mouse has popcorn, he then wants to go string it to put around the Christmas tree ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Josiah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Judging from If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond still had some storytelling magic left in them fifteen years after If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the picture book that put them on the map with its release in 1985. We never tire of the erratic escapades of the titular mouse, even as most episodes closely resemble the adventures he's had before. In If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond help young readers celebrate their favorite literary ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda Deatherage
This book is part of a very popular series that I have always loved. This story begins by the mouse's owner taking him to the movies. At the movies he wants some popcorn which he then wants to string together and put it on a Christmas tree, which he asks his owner to buy. The story continues with the mouse becoming inspired by one activity to do another and his owner graciously helping him fulfill his wishes. The story eventually circles back to the mouse wanting popcorn and then asking his owne ...more
Megan Nelson
This book is about a mouse and all of the things he does at the movies and after the movies. While at the movies, the mouse gets popcorn and decides to make a string of popcorn; but, he wants to put his string of popcorn on a Christmas tree. So, he gets a Christmas tree, makes snowmen, bundles up in a warm, cozy blanket, listens to Christmas carols, makes ornaments, and goes to the movies again.
I really liked this book! I am a fan of all the "If You Give A..." series, and this one was adorable.
Clare McHale
Jan 27, 2016 Clare McHale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story starts out with a mouse and a young boy. The boy brings the mouse to the movies and the mouse immediately wants popcorn once the mouse has popcorn it wants more. The story goes on and on repeating the lines " and if you give him (blank) he will want to (blank). It’s a great story for a child who’s learning to read because its short and there’s not hard vocabulary in it.

It is a hilarious children's picture book about a mouse that wants more and more each time he gets something. It's a
Kaitlyn Skovran
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies is a wonderful book, that helps children kind of predict what is going to happen next. The book is about a silly mouse who is always going to want something after you give him something. What I like about the book is it comes full circle. It starts with them being at the movies, and ends with them being at the movies. It's a great book for small children around Christmas time, because they make snow mouses and decorate a Christmas tree.The first couple of pages ...more
Apr 18, 2010 Evan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddie-fare
We had a little guest over today so read this to her. The story circles back upon itself, though not very elegantly. The mouse is cute, of course. I don't count kids' books like this as a "2010 read" because, let's face it, that's a cheat. My standard is to count, say, every eight Dr. Seuss books as one read, which works out if you throw in a few of his older, wordier ones. Seems like an honest, fair ratio.
Of course you need popcorn if you go to the movies! If You Take A Mouse to the Movies reminds me of a child's attention span. You give them something and they see something else they immediately want to do that. This adorable child's book is about if you take a mouse to the movies and all the different things the objects/food remind the mouse of. Christmas trees, Snowmen, forts and so on. Kids want to do all these different things and the mouse depicts all these things throughout the story.

The i
Kristina Befort
I grew up reading books like "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" so I was really excited when I saw this one at a used bookstore. The book has a very simple plot, and essentially tells what would happen if you took a mouse to the movies-he would want popcorn, which would make him want to decorate a Christmas tree, which would make him want to play in the snow, etc.

I thought the storyline of this book was very simple, as it didn't really have a major plot. However,
A book my 5 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
Apr 20, 2013 ↜ƈɦǟռ☂ɛℓℓɛ↝ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Numeroff is another cute book from the If You.... Series. This is a Christmas one. As always, one idea leads to another, until you end up back square one.
Shelby Morton
Apr 27, 2016 Shelby Morton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Out of all the books there are, this set of books is one that I remember vividly. I used to love these books as a kid due to the fact that they were simple yet chaotic in their plot lines. Recently, I have been reading them to fourth graders. At first I thought they would not like them due to the fact that they are considered more simplistic, however the students loved them and kept requesting more from the series. This one in particular was a favorite due to the fact that it has a Christmas the ...more
Hayle Lincoln
Once again I was so overjoyed to read another one of Laura Joffe Numeroff's books! They are always so creative, and of course so was this one! I am sure that there is no way to pick a favorite out of all of her awesome stories, just because they are all so original and fun! Not only do the stories make her books fun for children, but the illustrations do as well! One day I would like to read one of Laura's books to my Elementary students and tell them to draw a picture that would fit into the st ...more
Cute. The story line wasn't as "logical" as most of the other books. Not the best of the set.
Michelle McBeth
I love the whole If you...series. I don't usually like animal stories, but Numeroff makes the characters so likable. I love the part when the mouse sings along with the Christmas songs. He has so much personality!
I didn't feel this book flowed as well as the other books and there was a lot of expression missing from both the boy and the mouse alike. But I can never turn one of these books down. The whole concept is so much fun.
This would be a fun book to ready especially at Christmas time.
Apr 22, 2009 Alecia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Author: Laura Numeroff

Illustrator: Felicia Bond

Genre: fiction picture book

Publication Info: Harper Festival (2001)

Reading Level: Ages 4-8, early

Topic/Theme: Christmas, friendship, winter

Issues Addressed: the problems that go along with taking a mouse to the movies

Social Issues: N/A

Classroom Uses: independent reading, read aloud, shared reading

Summary: This book takes place over the Christmas holidays. It tells the tale of what happens if you take a mouse to the movies. Some of the things the mou
Sep 27, 2010 Johnthan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jill Sanders
This lovely illustrated book is in a narrative point of view. I feel like it is how a child would behave to his/her parents. The book is about the sequential events that follow one thing after another. Many things are related and taking a mouse to the movies will make him want some popcorn. The adorable book shows the child and mouse doing one activity after the other and in the end, the mouse will predictably start all over again because he is given popcorn. I love the popcorn and the mouse ill ...more
Kristen Scelonge
Grade/Interest level: Early Childhood/Preschool
Reading Level: Lexile level, 190 LAD
Genre: Modern Fantasy/Science Fiction

Main Characters: the mouse and (his owner) the boy
Setting: movie theatre, boys home, boys’ school, various other locations dependent upon where the mouse wants to go and what he wants to do
POV: narrator/ young boy

In the beginning of the story we are introduced to a little boy who owns a very demanding pet mouse (which many children tend to remember from his other stori
Sep 04, 2012 Sierra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite part about this book was the illustrations! They are colorful, full of detail and pertain to the theme and idea of the storyline very well! The main idea of this book is that the little mouse is reminded of various activities when he asks for something and then is given it. For example, if you take the mouse to the movies, he will probably ask for some popcorn and when he asks for some popcorn he’ll probably want to make a popcorn string! As the storyline continues there are many act ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
It’s Christmastime and Mouse is going to the movies. Popcorn inspires him to make a chain and that leads to the purchase of a Christmas tree, lots of snow play, and the making of other decorations.

What I thought: A Christmas story from Numeroff—what fun! I love the illustrations. They give me so many ideas for a story time program. I can see children making ornaments just like Mouse does. I have to wonder if the other animals are jealous of Mouse. Not only does he get cookies, he gets to go plac
Megan Baker
Oct 27, 2011 Megan Baker rated it liked it
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies is a children's picture book intended for nursery or primary readers. In this book a very indecisive mouse is constantly changing the activity he wants to do. Every time he picks a new activity, something reminds him of another activity he wants to do. At the beginning of the book he starts off at the movies and at the end of the book he is back at the movies again because an activity reminded him of the movies.
This book belongs to the "If You Give a" series o
Sep 04, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very quick picture book about the wonderful things that you get to do in the wintertime. It starts with mouse going to the movies and then leads to mouse wanting to make a popcorn string with all his pieces of popcorn. The different things that mouse wants to do are all centered on the holiday. After that you can only imagine what mouse wants next… he wants a Christmas tree to hang his popcorn string on. The adventure continues as the mouse and boy build a snowman and so they have to g ...more
What a fun and whimsical book this is! It begins with the proposition of what happens if you take a mouse to the movies. So, if you take this action, these are the possible results. The book is silly and full of possibilities. It introduces the idea that many unexpected outcomes can occur with any decision which is made. This book addresses the thought that anything can happen at any point even with a simple choice to go to the movies.
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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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