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Kiddo’s Corner Reviews: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff


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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Written by: Laura Joffe Numeroff
Illustrated by: Felicia Bond
Published by: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Published: 1985
Where we got it: McDonald’s Happy Meal

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 host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)


First Thoughts…

Kiddo: “You have to say the title like this, shaking your finger while you say it. Like they did something bad.”

Me: “Okay.”

We read the book together.

Me: “So what was the book about?”

Kiddo: “A little kid giving a mouse a cookie.”

A Bit More Detail…

Kiddo “reads” the book to me (he’s still learning to read), and skips some parts.

Me: “What’s your favorite part?”

Kiddo: “When he looks funny in the mirror. And the part that I don’t like…let’s see… Uh, when he’s giving him the cookie.”

Me: “Really? That’s, like, the whole plot of the book.”

Kiddo: (looks at me like I’m crazy)

Me: “Why don’t you like that part?”

Kiddo: “Because I don’t really like the cookie bag. I like the cookies, but I just don’t really like the bag.”

Me: “Ohhhh.”

Kiddo: “Yeah. The part that I kind of like is when he’s taking a nap.”

Me: “Yeah, naps are fun.”

Final Thoughts…

Kiddo: “I like that book…infinity. And, like, beyond.”

Me: “So you’d give it 5 stars?”

Kiddo: “Um, plus 4 more? 5 plus 4…” (counts on fingers) “9. 9 stars.”

Me: “Did you like the drawings?”

Kiddo: “Yeah. You can give it 3 stars for that.”

The Verdict…
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff gets 5 stars plus 4 more, and then 3 for the drawings, from the kiddo.  For me, it was a cute book, but not really anything special. There are lots of other children’s books that I’ve enjoyed more. So I’m going to give it:
4 stars between the two of us. But I do love that this came in a McDonald’s Happy Meal. They should give out books all the time!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon  HarperCollins
Disclaimer: We received this book when we purchased a McDonald’s Happy Meal. We were in no way compensated for this review.

1 Comment

  1. Brandi Kosiner

    June 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Fun, I haven't tried to get my kids to review, but so cute

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