Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Charming and creative
Cons: A tad simple
The Bottom Line:
The charming pictures
And creative progression
Make this a winner
Just Look What a Mouse Eating a Cookie Leads To
I know how I missed If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. It came out after my brother was too old for picture books. But somehow, it only vaguely crossed my radar before a recent family vacation with my niece. After reading it, I can see why kids and parents still enjoy it almost 30 years later.
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.
Now if the book sounds simple, that's because it really is. There is just a minimal plot (if that). All you are wondering is just what the current action will lead the mouse to want to do next. I like the fact that he isn't all selfish or demanding since some of the time he's helping you. And I love the creativity of where each action leads next. I certainly never would have come up with this list, yet it does have a certain logic to it.
The illustrations add to the fun. Each page just has a sentence or two on it, but the pictures fill in any gaps. They are detailed and great to look at on their own.
Combined the two, and you have a very charming picture book that kids and their parents will love.
Laura Jobbe Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond are to be commended for taking a simple idea and combining things for a charming book. If you haven't read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie yet, find a child to read it to today. You'll both enjoy it.