Reviews of children's and young adult books old and new

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Give That Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Published in 1985 this is a classic children's book. The story begins when a little boy gives a mouse a cookie. From there the mouse begins to ask for all kinds of things. While the mouse is very tidy and helpful the little boy is exhausted by the end getting all of the things the mouse needs. From scissors to blankets and mops this is an energetic mouse. The lesson to take away is that you probably should not give a mouse a cookie.

I love this book. I have loved it since the first time I read it. The story is very simple but has a lot of fun in it. There is about one sentence per page and you really do feel like this mouse is all energy. The illustrations are very cute and there is no way not to love the furry main character. This is a great story for any time of the day and if you have not read it yet I think it will become one of your favorites. I like how the mouse tries to clean up after himself, it seems a little sneaky of the author to throw that into the story, like everyone decides to clean in the middle of the day. I also like how throughout the story we see the little boy trying to put things away as the mouse is done with them. There are some great lessons in here about cleaning up after yourself and finishing what you start. Highly recommended for children ages 2-6.

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