If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond

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Now you can enjoy the bestselling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in miniature with your very own Mouse Cookie CD!

The Mouse Cookie CD includes:

"The Mouse Cookie"
This high-energy pop song will make you get up and dance!

A reading!
Actress Carol Kane reads If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to you.

"Wrong Words"
This silly song

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Now you can enjoy the bestselling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in miniature with your very own Mouse Cookie CD!

The Mouse Cookie CD includes:

"The Mouse Cookie"
This high-energy pop song will make you get up and dance!

A reading!
Actress Carol Kane reads If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to you.

"Wrong Words"
This silly song is sure to inspire lots of goofy guesses and giggles.

Who Made This Book?
Learn some fun facts about Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

Fill-in-the-Blanks An interactive game led by Carol Kane.

Read Along!
This reading of the book has turn-the-page beeps so you can read along.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
What more can one say about a perky, demanding mouse dressed in blue jean coveralls that has not already been said? After all, he has been around for twenty-five years! He has delighted a whole generation of children with the demands he makes on a young boy who is also clad in blue jeans and red high-top sneakers. The story opens as the unnamed boy offers a mouse a cookie. He then wants a glass of milk (with a straw) to go with the cookie. The mouse continues with his demands. These include a napkin, nail scissors and a broom that he uses to sweep the entire house. Now the mouse is so weary, he needs a place to take a nap and a story (with pictures). This leads to a request for paper and crayons so he may draw his own picture, which must then be hung on the refrigerator. Now the mouse is thirsty again and wants a glass of milk and, of course, another cookie. The final page shows the exhausted boy sound asleep amid the chaos of the day's activities as the mouse contentedly munches on a chocolate chip cookie. Youngsters will delight in sharing this story at story time or reading it independently and pouring over the charming pictures to discover little extras, such as the mouse undressing in preparation for his nap. Another bonus is a game at the end of the book entitled The Great Cookie Chase. If this title is not in the collection, it definitely belongs there, along with all the other volumes in the "If You Give...book" series. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
Barnes & Noble Staff
What happens if you give a mouse a cookie? Why he'll need a glass of milk to go with it! He'll also need a straw, a napkin, a mirror--each item prompts the need for another. When the mouse is hanging a picture from a refrigerator (how did he get there?), he's reminded that he's thirsty and needs a glass of milk (uh-oh). With this milk, it's absolutely necessary to have a cookie, of course! Bond's wonderful illustrations enliven this modern day classic.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Bright colorful drawings and an entertaining story of how one simple event, giving a mouse a cookie, triggers other thoughts and events. Everyone knows that if you give a mouse a cookie...well, he'll end up wanting your entire house! As the pushy rodent demands more and more it is easy for children to relate to the activities which are attributed to the mouse, but really relate to their lives. This popular story is available in regular book, book and audio and big book versions for story time in schools and libraries.

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Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
If You Give... Series
Edition description:
25th Anniversary Edition
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years


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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Steventas More than 1 year ago
You will read it in the living room. If you read it in the living room, you will probably read it in the dining room. If you read it in the dining room, you will probably read it at nap time. And if you read it at naptime, you will probably read it at bed time. And chances are, if you read it at bed time, you will read it a second time. :) Our three year old great-niece LOVES this book and the "If you give a cat a cupcake" book. She pretty much picks one of the two a few times each week for us to read to her at nap and bedtime. The pictures are great, and allow us to go "outside" the story and look for items, and when he is drawing - colors of crayons and counting things in the pictures and other learning activities while reading the book. Other than that and the educational value of learning that choices come with consquences, this doesn't have much "educational" value - it isn't a counting book or have a deep moral story. But, it is a very beautiful book and when our great-niece outgrows it, it will go on my art book shelf. So, if you buy this book, chances are you will enjoy it and the little one you buy it for will also enjoy it - again, and again. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after referring to it at work and realizing that none of my co-workers had read it. As this was a classic from my childhood, I was a bit flabbergasted. I shared it with them, and now have it sitting on my desk as a reminder of thinking through a scenario from end-to-end. I'm in the software industry, and it's a simple but effective illustration of the fact that it's not just enough to give your customers a feature: you have to think about what they'll do with it when they get it. The lessons in the book are ones adults need to be reminded of too, not just ones for kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond have teamed up on several children's stories. Many people will tell you that this is their favorite in the series. I slightly prefer When You Give a Moose a Muffin, but you'll have to decide for yourself by reading them both. Having had two sons, I always found them most delightful when they were the most physically worn out. Oh, if only I had had this mouse to keep them occupied! The boy is sitting in his front yard eating a cookie. He spies a mouse, and gives the mouse a little bite. This is a forward mouse, though, and he asks if he might have a glass of milk to go with the cookie. The boy takes him inside and obliges. Then the mouse inquires about having a straw. The boy finds him one. Then the mouse requests a napkin. That means that he is concerned about having a milk mustache. So the mouse wants a mirror to check. While looking in the mirror, he notices that his whiskers need some trimming. He requests some nail scissors from the boy. Considerately, he then wants a broom to sweep up. But if you're going to sweep in one area, you might as well do many. While you're at it, the floors could use a good washing. That makes the mouse tired, so he needs a nap. The boy makes him a little bed out of a box and a tiny blanket and pillow. But the mouse cannot sleep without a story. Seeing the pictures, the mouse thinks what fun it would be to make some pictures. Paper and crayons must be obtained! After the picture is done, he must naturally have a pen to sign his name. Then, the boy has to get some Scotch tape so that the picture can go on the refrigerator. Then, of course, you get thirsty from all that activity. You get some milk from the refrigerator . . . and of course, it's a good idea to have a cookie. And off we go again!! The contrast between the increasingly exhausted looking boy, and the sprightly mouse make for much good humor. Also, the boy is better at getting things for the mouse than putting them away, so the house is soon filled with messy piles of what the mouse wanted . . . sort of mouse droppings as it were. The absurdity of a tiny mouse running a boy ragged is quite hilarious to youngsters. By reading the book faster and faster, you can add a note of semi-hysteria that increases the fun. The words are easy to follow, and closely track the illustrations. Children can easily begin to memorize the story, decode the words, fill in the blanks, and later begin to read aloud to you (first from memory, and later in reality). The book is beautifully illustrated in a semi-Dr. Seuss style by Felicia Bond that adds much to the enjoyment. One thing I like about the story is that it gets into how one thing can lead to another. That's one of the best ways to stimulate intelligence and imaginative thinking. It is also good for problem solving later in life. Now, where did all these mouse whisker shavings come from? What caused them? After you have had fun with this story as written, you might want to have a little more fun with your child or grandchild and occasionally change one of the words. For example, when the mouse wants a napkin, you might substitute 'd
Skye16 More than 1 year ago
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff, is a wonderful story I read growing up. The story begins in front of a young boys house when he crosses paths with a wandering mouse dressed in denim overalls and offers the rodent a cookie. From there the reader is taken on an adventure through the day, experiencing what happened after the mouse ate the cookie. This is a great book for reading aloud to children being introduced to books, or silent reading for first and second graders. The illustrations by Felicia Bond also do an amazing job. Her intricate detail coerces the reader into seeing what the boy sees. When it comes to younger readers, pictures can be everything. It is the pictures, especially the cover, that first catch a students' eye and makes them want to read on, and this book does not disappoint. This book is also very versatile. In previous lessons I have had students write predictions on what they think the mouse will ask for next, and in other classes I have also had students write their own version of the book, deciding what they think the mouse would ask for. A book such as this has endless possibilities for activities. Another suggested activity to use when reading this book might include having your class bake cookies to eat while the book is being read, making their own mouse ears to wear during read aloud time. A teacher could also incorporate a lesson revolving around what mice actually eat and do, depending on your students' grade level. This is a timeless classic that children of all ages will love. With the whimsical depictions of a mouse acting like a human, and the humorous things the mouse asks for next will keep the students engaged and hold their attention right to the very end. Picture books are not hard to come by today, but books which keep your students interested and engaged from start to finish is. Not only will this book accomplish the above, it will have your students clambering in line to read the other editions such as If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, both of which are just as good as the original.
Neselee More than 1 year ago
This book is a favorite in my house. I hope my grandson will enjoy reading it one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fun for kids. I get lots of laughs from my grandchildren.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Creative and Fun Progression   Giving a mouse a cookie might seem like a simple kindness, but you never know where it might lead.  After all, milk has to go with a cookie, but somehow that leads to housework and even creating art.   Honestly, this is a book that charms.  It’s a simple idea and there are very few lines per page.  And yet the progression is fun (after all, the mouse helps you out, too, he's not just demanding things) and the illustrations are great.   I missed these books until recently, and if you are like me, check them out.  They are simple and outlandish but fun.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Another favorite childhood read. This one was adorable.
Daisy215 More than 1 year ago
The "If You Give..." series is still popular among children just as this book was popular when I was a child. The story is cute and fun and the illustrations make this book a forever classic, and a must have. My favorite part of this book has to be the illustrations. I remember them from when I was a child and to see them again jogged my memory, they stay with you that well. There's even a cute board game on the back inside cover. There are two downsides to this book, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. It bothers me that the child in this book is the stereotypical peach skinned brown haired boy. I understand that different races are represented in the different books, but I think some diversity would've been nice. The other thing is the board game in the back. This book is developmentally appropriate for preschoolers, and that game is geared toward older children. It's a cute game but most children preschool or kindergarten age won't be reading words like straw. It does relate to the book, and if you take turns playing it with groups of children you can do the reading for them. The last thing would be the book cover. You always have to take off the book covers because kids will end up destroying them anyways. However, unlike some books, underneath this book cover is a solid green cover with a small red mouse. Simply but, without the book cover the kids don't know which book it is. I thought about using contact paper to stick the cover to the book and protect it, but then it will covering the board game in back.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
You cannot go wrong with any "If You Give..." book, but the first is my favorite. Numeroff's story is sweet and silly, funny and charming, but what really make this book so well-loved by so many children and adults is the magic that is Felicia Bond's illustration. The whole becomes greater than the parts when an excellent storyteller is teamed with an excellent illustrator.
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i love this book . it is my favorite book, because i used to read it all the time when i was little. even though im older and in the 8th grade i still find this book interesting. i think this is an awsome book for childrens. if you have children i would recommend reading this to them.
Meadows_16 More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is not only for kids but teenagers as well. Because I myself is in 8th grade and I still find this book enjoyable . It has been and always will be my favorite book.
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AmandaC More than 1 year ago
It was my favorite book as a child. I now work with kids and i plan on reading this to my class.
Feelix More than 1 year ago
My son who is 4 1/2 LOVES all of these books. He has the whole series. This book is simple, straight forward and funny. Just got him If You Give A Dog A Donut. Can't wait to see what happens in that book. I'm sure he will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had it when I was in Kindergarden. I'm 23 now.
ohpreciousone More than 1 year ago
highly recommended!! given as a bay shower gift
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