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If You Take a Mouse to School
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If You Take a Mouse to School

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by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

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Mouse goes to school in this picture book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give... series!

If you take a mouse to school, he'll ask you for your lunch box. When you give him your lunch box, he'll want a sandwich to go in it. Then he'll need a notebook and some pencils. He'll probably want to share your backpack, too.


Mouse goes to school in this picture book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give... series!

If you take a mouse to school, he'll ask you for your lunch box. When you give him your lunch box, he'll want a sandwich to go in it. Then he'll need a notebook and some pencils. He'll probably want to share your backpack, too.

The famous mouse from If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back for his first day of school. Only Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond could make school this much fun!

A perfect addition to the classic and beloved series--be sure to collect them all!

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Bringing a plucky mouse to school isn't the wisest idea, no matter how much fun it might seem. Thankfully, the bestselling duo of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond -- creators of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -- have teamed up to show us the hijinks a whiskered school guest could cause.

Starting with asking for your lunchbox, this critter is set for mischief. The feisty mouse asks for a snack for later (cookies of course), a notebook, and pencils, and wants "to share your backpack, too." After he arrives at school, the pushy classmate tries his hand (make that paw) at math and writing on the blackboard, afterward whipping up a messy, pink science experiment and building a "little mouse house" from blocks. The schooltime antics don't stop there, but a busy mouse tends to get hungry after so much playtime. Naturally his snack is in the lunchbox, which is stored "in a safe place" with his new picture book inside.

Following the whimsical style of their previous books, Numeroff and Bond have done it again. Their high-adrenaline mouse will have readers cheering while their eyes comb the illustrations for extra nibbles of fun. Although the book's main human character looks positively exhausted at the end, we can only holler for more of the little guy with the huge school spirit. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
In a rollicking romp, Numeroff and Bond send the energetic, exuberant star of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (and his boy sidekick) into the classroom. After pulling on his overalls, the diminutive character makes his first request ("He'll ask you for your lunchbox") and then demands a snack, notebook and pencils before climbing into the boy's backpack. Once at school, the mercurial mouse happily bounds from one activity to the next: he spells "a word or two" on the blackboard (Bond shows these as an impressive list headed by "onomatopoeia"), conducts a science experiment (purple matter erupts from his beaker), builds "a little mouse house" out of blocks (the edifice looks quite elaborate) and fashions furniture for it with clay. Realizing he needs something on his new bookshelf, the ambitious critter collects paper and pencils and creates his own book, which he then wants to take home, in "your" lunch box. As animated as the whiskered student it depicts, Bond's art lives up to expectation, featuring her customary crisp colors and kid-pleasing details. Its school setting, tried-and-true tone and popular protagonist mark this title as a winner. Ages 3-7. (July) FYI: Numeroff will donate a portion of her royalties to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The engaging mouse of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies this time accompanies his young friend to school. He continues his usual practice of always "needing" or "wanting" something more. As he joins the students at the chalkboard, experiments in science class, eats lunch, builds a mouse house from blocks, and even writes a book, his antics add fun to the familiar activities. Again, Bond's sketchy colored drawings tell a considerably more elaborate story than the spare text. Visuals exploit the imaginative possibilities of words, creating a very charming anthropomorphic star. 2002, Laura Geringer Books/HarperCollins Publishers,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-That adorable rodent, dressed in his tiny blue overalls, returns with all the ebullience and adventurous spirit he displayed in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (2000, both HarperCollins). This time he accompanies his human friend to school, and his enthusiasm for learning fascinates the class. Mouse joyfully discovers new activities, which include performing a science experiment, building a "mouse house" with blocks, writing a book, and more. Bond's illustrations are an essential part of the story, with visual clues that link it to the original-chocolate-chip cookies appear on pajamas, in a lunch box, and as a refrigerator magnet. White backgrounds allow the crisp, bright watercolors to stand out and invite perusal. With his minuscule backpack and expansive joie de vivre, the little charmer exudes excitement about everything he undertakes, and the day turns into a lively experience for mouse and boy.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
That well-known mouse runs his little boy ragged-this time by accompanying him to school. After packing a lunchbox full of treats and a backpack full of supplies, they head for the classroom. Things seem to be running smoothly until the mouse decides to do a bit of exploring. After trying his hand at the blackboard, demonstrating some impressive spelling and mathematical skills, he decides to attempt a science experiment. After a quick cleanup, he uses his artistic skills to build a house from blocks, furnishing it with clay furniture. While enjoying his new home, he munches his lunch then decides that he needs books for his bookcase. After writing a book, shooting hoops, skateboarding, and playing a bit of soccer outside, mouse is hungry again. A quick search for the missing snack ends happily back at school, leaving mouse to nibble on a cookie and do a bit of reading. With this pair's standard refrain, the lessons of cause and effect are not lost, even though the situations sometimes become outrageous. Still, no one will be able to resist Mouse's exuberance for learning as he happily charges through his day. A giggle-fest is sure to accompany this little guy wherever he goes. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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If You Give... Series
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Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)
AD190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for young readers in addition to the If You Give…series, including The Chicken Sisters and Laura Numeroff’s 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and is involved with several children’s charities, including First Book. You can visit her online at www.lauranumeroff.com.

Felicia Bond is both writer and illustrator of Tumble Bumble, The Day It Rained Hearts, the Poinsettia books, and many others. She painted the art for numerous other award-winning books, including those in the much loved If You Give . . . series and the contemporary classic Big Red Barn. She lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Brief Biography

Brentwood, California
Date of Birth:
July 14, 1953
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975

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If You Take a Mouse to School 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BDonnelly321 More than 1 year ago
I take this book with me all the time, as I am a substitute teacher. Children love this book, and I can easily read it to a kindergarten class all the way up to a third grade class. I love all of the Numeroff books, and I am looking forward to more from her.
jacko93 More than 1 year ago
If You Take A Mouse To School is a book that will catch a kids attention. Felicia Bond drew really bright pictures and was very creative with her illustrations. Everything the author was saying matched really well with the illustrations. Laura Numeroff was a good author, but the writing was too short and simple, it needs more detail. This book is mostly entertaining because of the illustrations. Overall, I do not recommend this book because children would not be excited by the story, only by the illustrations.
manda_bear84 More than 1 year ago
This book, along with Laura Numeroff's other books, is excellent. It was a great book to use on the first day of school in my classroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book! Kids like me would love this book for a gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Similar to the other Mouse books, kids really like it because it shows how things can easily get out of control. Great childrens humor book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is so fun for kids that they'll be wanting to bring mice of their own to school. The pictures are great and make you want to laugh! Definitely recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found "If You Take a Mouse to School" very fun, as did my children. The illustrations are what really make this book so good."
Guest More than 1 year ago
The enormously popular "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" picture book has proved to have tremendous staying power, and so, naturally enough, it spawned the sequels "If You Give A Moose A Muffin," "If You Give A Pig A Pancake," and "If You Take A Mouse To The Movies." Each features the same chain-reaction story structure, with varying degrees of success. Can lightning strike a fourth time with the new "If You Take A Mouse To School"? Sticking with the silent little mouse protagonist is a sure-footed first step, as is the story-rich school setting. After all, what better location to help young ones identify with the mouse's enthusiastic antics?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was presented to 60 Early Childhood Staff. The overall response was an enjoyment for this story. Enjoyed it.... Thanks