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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  265,510 ratings  ·  4,237 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, 40 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by HarperCollins (first published 1985)
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Mar 05, 2010 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
Elyse  Walters
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who remembers this book?

Happy is as happy is!!!!

Some books just bring back great memories!!

Jul 29, 2013 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
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
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
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.
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.
Jun 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: small children who like repetition and cute "what if" stories
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 ...more
Apr 13, 2008 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
Simon Watts
Sep 25, 2014 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
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
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 ...more
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.
Feb 05, 2009 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 l ...more
Nick Ruffilo
Oct 16, 2009 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

Anthony K
Jun 20, 2016 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.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Sort of like ' Give 'em an inch and they'll take a yard '
Eva Marie
Feb 16, 2011 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 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 to ...more
Jessica Cain
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307, humor, comedy
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:
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
What a nice and well-mannered little mouse :)
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 :-))
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books with a Cumulative Narrative
Shelves: mice, picture-books
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 ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Tonya Nelson
Mar 21, 2014 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.

Jun 15, 2010 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
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
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.
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
YA Reads Book Reviews
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, 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
Aug 07, 2015 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.
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great book! A lot like my life, one thing leads to another and I'm constantly side-tracked! ...more
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Laura Joffe Numeroff is the NYT best-selling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, What Mommies/Daddies Do Best and Raising a Hero. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Pratt Institute. Laura grew up as the youngest of three girls, surrounded by art, music, and books. An avid animal lover, Laura has always wanted to write a book about service dogs. She now lives in Los Angel ...more

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