If You Take a Mouse to the Movies: A Special Christmas Edition

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What's more fun than spending Christmas with your family? Well, spending Christmas with your family and Mouse, of course! The creators of the #1 New York Times best-selling If You Give . . . Book series have brought their stories, recipes, songs, games, and activities to this deluxe edition of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies—a perfect way for families to celebrate the holidays together.

Taking a mouse to the movies can lead to letting him do other things, such as...

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Overview

What's more fun than spending Christmas with your family? Well, spending Christmas with your family and Mouse, of course! The creators of the #1 New York Times best-selling If You Give . . . Book series have brought their stories, recipes, songs, games, and activities to this deluxe edition of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies—a perfect way for families to celebrate the holidays together.

Taking a mouse to the movies can lead to letting him do other things, such as making a snowman, listening to Christmas carols, and decorating the Christmas tree.

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The creators of one of the most successful children's book series ever produced -- the writer-illustrator team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond -- continue their If You Give A... series with yet another exploration of whimsical creatures -- a pushy mouse in this case -- and arbitrary whims. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies follows the same formula Numeroff has used in the previous books by showing how a single demand can snowball into a long list of exhausting needs. But this time out there is a Christmas theme and plenty of holiday hijinks to heighten the fun.

The language is simple but lively, lending itself well to being read aloud. The accompanying illustrations are both colorful and vivid, with plenty of details to keep curious young eyes busy as they seek out details mentioned in the story. It's a fun way for children to grasp the idea that their own demands may be taxing at times. And as an added incentive (not that one is needed), a portion of the royalties from If You Take a Mouse to the Movies benefit First Book, a national nonprofit organization for the promotion of children's literacy.

--Beth Amos

Publishers Weekly
Actor Jason Alexander reads Laura Numeroff's story in the If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Book and Tape set, which includes a paper-over-board mini-book edition, illus. by Felicia Bond, and music by Sarah Weeks "Mouse's Twelve Days of Christmas" and a medley of favorite Christmas songs. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
That persistent, tireless, but lovable little mouse of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back. Taking him to the movies at Christmastime leads to demands for a tree, a snowman, a fort, a rest with Christmas carols, and after the decoration of the tree, another trip to the movies. The simple progression of events is told with succinct humor and in the equally simple colored illustrations. Bond provides just the needed details to amplify the text and add decorative qualities of the season—the snowflake pattern of a cozy blanket, a work surface covered with glitter, and ornaments across a double page. Our irresistible mouse hero in red overalls cavorts with the popcorn on the endpapers and throughout the holiday adventure. 2000, Laura Geringer/HarperCollins Publishers, $15.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061762802
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Series: If You Give... Series
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 785,365
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the 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 loves to play tennis and travel and lives in Los Angeles, California. A portion of her royalties will be donated to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy.

Laura Numeroff, autora de numerosos libros para niños, entre los que se incluye la conocida serie Si le das . . . , The Chicken Sister y Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. Vive en Los Angeles, California, donde le encanta montar a caballo, leer biografías y jugar con sus mascotas. Parte de las regalías obtenidas por este libro serán donadas a First Book, una organización nacional sin ánimo de lucro que promueve el amor por la lectura.

Felicia Bond is the illustrator of numerous books for children. In addition to the If You Give . . . series, she has also illustrated, among other titles, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Little Porcupine's Christmas by Joseph Slate. She's the author and illustrator of the Poinsettia books, The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play, and Tumble Bumble. An avid animal lover, reader, and cook, she lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Felicia Bond ha ilustrado muchos libros para niños. Aparte de la conocida serie Si le das . . . , también ha ilustrado Big Red Barn por Margaret Wise Brown y Little Porcupine's Christmas por Joseph Slate. Es la autora e ilustradora de los libros Poinsettia: The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play y Tumble Bumble. Le encantan los animales, los libros al igual que cocinar. Vivió en Nueva York durante muchos años, y ahora vive en Austin, Texas, y Santa Fé, Nuevo México.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Another great mouse book. My daughter, who learned to read with these books, is now getting them for her kids.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Completed our collection

    This book completed our collection of "If you ..." books. My 2.5 year old was ecstatic when it arrived in the mail. It is charming, perfect for the holidays and illustrations are (as always) full of detail and whimsy (makes it a lot more interesting to the parent!). The repetitive nature of all of these books is a bonus for a toddler. He started inventing similar stories of his own with the same template and centered around, for instance, going to the playground or going to daycare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    Great addition to the series - we loved it!

    Glad to have a holiday-themed book in Numeroff's collection! Great book - our 2 year old loves it and we don't mind reading it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

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    Great book

    I bought this book for my 3 yr old daughter and she loves it almost as much as the other books that are written in this format-If you.....It's very well written and keeps her attention, which is very hard to do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2008

    Not the best in the series

    This book is cute for the Christmas season, but not great compared to some of the others in the series. There is less 'connection' between the things that the mouse asks for and therefore, the story is far less enjoyable for me to read. Lets face it, if i've got to read a story 500 times, i want to be able to enjoy it as much as my son. My personal favorite is still If You Give a Moose a Muffin.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Fun Winter Book

    This book takes place in the winter with great seasonal pictures, therefore I think it is a super book for the month of December. The little mouse is so demanding and the boy is very patient. The friendship between the two characters is an interesting one. One demanding and one accomidating.This series of stories are great and show cause and effect in an extreme manner. This book was fun and a page turner. I think that readers will want to find out what could possible happen next. This book entices readers to want to read the entire series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    pretty good!

    its aboult a mouse that gos to the movies and asks for a lot of things like popcorn and much more. i liket it because the mouse is very funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004

    If you give a teacher an apple...

    I loved this book! I think it is so great for anyone in education, teachers, student teachers (like myself). It really hits on the cause and effect relationship, and it is a great way to teach children. In fact, we are teaching a lesson on the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Kids really seem to enjoy these books. It is a great way to involve a lesson! I read this book to the children at my day care center during Christmas time, and they just absolutely loved it! I think adults will love reading them as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2002

    4 of 4

    I liked this story. It was good to see the infamous mouse return to the series, but for some reason it didn't have the same feel as a Give series. Maybe I just miss the home-feel to it, but I wouldn't say no to another Take book though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    A Worthy Christmas Variation of If You Give a Moose a Muffin

    Children benefit from stories with predictability. They also need stories that expand their imaginations. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies provides plenty of both. If you have read the other wonderful stories that precede this one by Felicia Bond, you will quickly recognize the theme. One thing leads to another . . . and pretty soon you are back at the beginning. In this case, the sequence is from movies to popcorn, to strings of popcorn as an ornament, to a Christmas tree, to snowman, to carrot, to fort, to snowball fight, to being cold, to blanket, to Christmas carols, to radio, to singing along, to making Christmas tree ornaments, to popcorn strung as an ornament, . . . and on to a movie. The beauty of these stories is that they take the perspective of a parent, older sibling, or other older person. This is a hard perspective for a child to appreciate . . . except in these stories. Intuitively, your child will recognize her or his many demands and how they build up on the provider. The result may be to help create a child's perception with a better sense of self-imposed limits. The long-suffering expression on the boy's face as he helps the mouse surely will create sympathy. I also like the way this book helps children see the connections among things, ideas, and actions. Learning to identify natural systems is a good thinking skill to develop. The repetition is desirable from another perspective. There are fewer words to learn as a beginning reader. The humor makes it fun to reread the book, which can lead to memorizing it faster, which leads to learning to read it sooner. The illustrations are particularly fine in their color and clarify. They set a wonderful mood of positive adventure for your child. After you have finished enjoying the story for about the 100th time, I suggest that you and your child or grandchild try your hand at writing and illustrating a similar kind of story. The challenges of extending a string of actions and items to reconnect with the beginning will enhance the perceptual benefits that can be gained from this fine book. What goes around, comes around. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    This book is great

    My two year old son loves this book..the rhythm of the story and the pictures...he received If You Give a Mouse a Cookie last year for Christmas and we just had to run out and pick up the other 2 books too. When I ran across this new one in the bookstore I snapped it right up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    In usual Numeroff style

    Numeroff has created an addictive series. This most recent one is not as endearing as the previous books, but is still enjoyable. My infant daughter recognizes the sing-song style of Numeroff's books.

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