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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  228,237 ratings  ·  3,588 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
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.
Archit Ojha
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.
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
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

Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es muy famoso en inglés. Sin saberlo, se lo compré a mi hija de 3 años, ya que le gusta mucho los libros. Es una lectura de fácil compresión que trata sobre un ratón y sus interminables deseos.
Eva Leger
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
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 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.
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 :-))
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.
Tukunjil Nayeera
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-lit
বাংলায় একটা পরবাদ আছে "বসতে দিলে শুতে চায়"; এই গলপের Shoulder Strap Jeans পড়া আদুরে ইঁদুরটার অবসথা হয়েছে তেমন। পরথমে খেতে চেয়েছিলো কুকি, সেই কুকি খেতে গিয়ে তাকে বিছানা পেতে শুতে দিতে হয়েছে। শুধু তাই না, তাকে ঘুম পাড়ানোর জনয আবার গলপও শোনাতে হবে!

গলপের একটা মজাটা হলো বাসতবের বসতে দিলে শুতে চাওয়া মানুষের মতো ইঁদুরের কানডকারখানা বিরকতির উদরেক ঘটায় না। বরং উজজবল ছবি দেখতে দেখতে ইঁদুরের সপতকানড পড়তে বেশ ভালো লাগে!
Jeffery Taylor
Feb 11, 2015 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
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 :)
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.

Dec 03, 2014 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.
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
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
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd)
Recently I was thinking back on the different books that I loved growing up. Admittedly, there were a lot, and the more I searched, the more I found. So, I checked some out from my public library. I loved going to the library as a child. It was one of my favorite parts of the week. Every week my mother and I would go to our public library, return the previous week's books, walk around the shelves, and then check out another big stack of books for the week.

While there were a lot of books that I
Britt Guild
Mar 20, 2014 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 s ...more
Kathryn Boyle
Aug 20, 2014 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 c ...more
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