If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
|Language||English, Spanish and French|
|Series||If you Give...|
|Publisher||Harper & Row|
|November 20, 1985|
|Followed by||If You Give a Moose a Muffin (1991)|
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a children's book written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. Described as a "circular tale," it is Numeroff and Bond's first collaboration in what came to be the If You Give...™ series.
The book is known for its sadistic and dastardly (yet true to life) portrayal of parasitic relationships so commonly found in humanity. A boy (named Oliver in the animated adaption) gives a cookie to a mouse. The mouse asks for a glass of milk. He then requests a straw (to drink the milk), a mirror (to avoid a milk mustache), nail scissors (to trim his hair in the mirror), and a broom (to sweep up his hair trimmings). Next he wants to take a nap, to have a story read to him, to draw a picture, and to hang the drawing on the refrigerator. Looking at the refrigerator makes him thirsty, so the mouse asks for a glass of milk. The circle is complete when he wants a cookie to go with it.
Author Laura Numeroff has often said in interviews that the idea for the story came to her during a long car trip she took with a friend from San Francisco to Oregon. She narrated it as they drove and later wrote it down. The manuscript was passed over by nine publishers before being taken on by Laura Gerringer, a publisher under the Harper and Row (now HarperCollins) imprint, who immediately thought of Felicia Bond to illustrate it.
The story reads:
"If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a straw. When he's finished, he'll ask you for a napkin. Then he'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache. When he looks in the mirror, he might notice his hair needs a trim. So he'll probably ask for a pair of nail scissors. When he's finished giving himself a trim, he'll want a broom to sweep it up. He'll start sweeping. He might get carried away and sweep every room in the house. He may even end up washing the floors as well! When he's done, he'll probably want to take a nap. You'll have to fix up a little box for him with a blanket and a pillow. He'll crawl in, make himself comfortable and fluff the pillow a few times. He'll probably ask you to read him a story. So you'll read to him from one of your books, and he'll ask to see the pictures. When he looks at the pictures, he'll get so excited he'll want to draw one of his own. He'll ask for paper and crayons. He'll draw a picture. When the picture is finished, he'll want to sign his name with a pen. Then he'll want to hang his picture on your refrigerator. Which means he'll need Scotch tape. He'll hang up his drawing and stand back to look at it. Looking at the refrigerator will remind him that he's thirsty. So... he'll ask for a glass of milk. And chances are if he asks you for a glass of milk, he's going to want a cookie to go with it."
The text was interpreted by illustrator Felicia Bond to show the increasing energy of the mouse, with the little boy being run ragged by the end of the story. The art was praised by School Library Journal for its "meticulous attention to detail", and was executed with vibrant colors of blended pencil in a complex process of layering red, blue, yellow and black on separate sheets, which were then assembled during printing.
Bond describes rushing to get the sketches done before leaving town with her boyfriend and that the energy of the mouse evolved from that excitement. She has mentioned on numerous occasions that the little boy in the book was her boyfriend, Stephen Roxburgh, as a child.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie quickly became established as a popular favorite and is today considered a contemporary classic, with over four million copies sold. A series of seventeen titles followed, with sales exceeding sixteen million. They have been translated into more than thirteen languages. The If You Give...™ series has garnered numerous awards, and their popularity is witnessed by their consistent presence on The New York Times Best Seller List. Many of the books were the #1 best-sellers in the picture book category. The If You Give... books have become so embedded in our culture that If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was mentioned in the movie Airforce One, on the television show The L Word and in Mad Magazine. Charles Schulz created two Peanuts strips about If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and in 2000 Oprah Winfrey chose If You Give a Pig a Pancake as one of her favorite things in 2000. She also included it on her list Oprah’s Favorite Things from A-Z in that same year. "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" was the answer to a question on Jeopardy!. The books have been adapted into plays for children's theaters across the country,   The Bronx Zoo in New York featured the art in their Children's Zoo for one year and the artwork has been used to create murals in the wings of children's hospitals. The series has fans of all ages from all over the world including Japan, where an entire Tokyo city bus was painted with images of Mouse. Mouse also made it to the White House; in Laura Bush's Celebration of American Authors at the 2001 Presidential Inauguration Felicia Bond and Laura Numeroff were among those honored for their If You Give...™ series, and the former First Lady writes that the Bush family cat India's favorite book was If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. A bronze sculpture of her sleeping on the book is included in the George W. Bush Presidential Library. First Lady Michele Obama read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie on the White House lawn during the 2009 Easter Egg Roll.
Mouse's popularity inspired many subsequent books.
Directv parodied the books by using storylines in commercials for their "Get Rid Of Cable" campaign where people who have cable get frustrated with it and the commercials end with disastrous results such as driving into a pizzeria that makes great baked Ziti or your daughter giving birth to a son in a dog collar.
If You Give...™ Series
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (November 1985)
- If You Give a Moose a Muffin (March 1991)
- If You Give a Pig a Pancake (February 1998)
- The Best Mouse Cookie (July 1999)
- If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (May 2000)
- If You Take a Mouse to School (September 2002)
- If You Give a Pig a Party (April 2004)
- Merry Christmas, Mouse! (August 2007)
- Time for School, Mouse! (2008)
- If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (2008)
- Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! (2009)
- Happy Easter, Mouse! (2010)
- If You Give a Dog a Donut (2011)
- It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (2012)
- Happy Birthday, Mouse! (2012)
- If You Give a Bear a Brownie (2014)
Compilation Editions If You Give...™ Series
- If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, A Special Christmas Edition (2010)
Awards and Recognitions
|Book||Award & Year|
|If You Give a Mouse a Cookie||Alabama Children's Choice Book Award, K–1 (1986–87)|
|California Young Reader Medal (1988)|
|Colorado Children's Book Award (1988)|
|Georgia Children’s Picture Story Book Award (1988)|
|Nevada Young Readers’ Award (1988–89)|
|Buckeye Children’s Book Award, K–2 (Ohio) (1989)|
|Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award (1994)|
|Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award (1994)|
|Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Classic Award (1994)|
|If You Give A Moose A Muffin||Children’s Choices (IRA/CBC) (1992)|
|Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award (1998)|
|If You Give A Pig A Pancake||Oppenheim Platinum Award (1999)|
|IRA Children’s Choice (1999)|
|Oprah Winfrey named If You Give a Pig a Pancake her "favorite book for children"|
|Listed on Oprah Winfrey's "Oprah’s Favorite Things from A-Z"|
|If You Take A Mouse To The Movies||NAPPA Gold Award (2000)|
|Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award (2001)|
|IRA/CBC Children’s Choice (2001)|
|If You Take A Mouse To School||Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award (2003)|
|If You Give A Pig A Party||Quill Award (2006)|
The book series was also awarded an Honoree "Laura Bush Celebrates American Authors" in 2001 plus Presidential Inauguration "NEA Teacher’s Picks Books to Read Across America" in 1999.
- Kekse für die Maus im Haus (1985, German, ISBN 978-3-551-08240-4)
- Souris, tu veux un biscuit? (1986, French, ISBN 0-590-71710-3)
- Ru guo ni gei lao shu chi bing gan (1993, Chinese, ISBN 957-632-197-2)
- Si le das una galletita a un ratón (1995, Spanish, ISBN 0-06-025438-6)
- Im titen ʻugiyah la-ʻakhbar (1997, Hebrew, ISBN 965-286-420-X)
- Se dai un biscotto a un topo (1997, Italian, ISBN 88-384-8007-9)
- Moshi mo nezumi ni kukkī o ageru to (1999, Japanese, ISBN 4-265-06641-0)
- Yao shi ni gei lao shu chi bing gan (2005, Chinese, ISBN 7-5324-6639-6)
- Если дать мышонку печенье (2012, Russian, ISBN 978-5-903497-87-4. However, it was published at least as early as 1991 in the children magazine Трамвай (The Tram))
On November 5, 2015, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was adapted into an animated pilot as part of Amazons 6th pilot season. Ken Scarborough, known for his work on Arthur, is a developer for the series.
- Mason Mahay as Oliver
- Roger Craig Smith as Mouse and Moose
- Jessica Dicicco as Pig
- John DiMaggio as Dog
- Jones, Trev (May 1985). "Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (review)". School Library Journal 31 (9): 80.
- If You Give...™ series - list of all If You Give...™
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, first collaborative work written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond
- If You Give...™ illustrated by Felicia Bond
- The New York Times, Just a Little Turbulence, Mr. President By Janet Maslin Published: July 25, 1997
- Charles Schulz features If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in Peanuts, The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators, Anita Silvey (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) ISBN 0-618-19082-1
- "...written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond is the perfect gift for the little ones in your life. "It just thrilled me," Oprah says."
- Oprah’s Favorite Things from A-Z - If You Give a Pig a Pancake
- Kreiswirth, Sandra (September 13, 1991). "Van Johnson to Star in 'Show Boat'". Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA).
- Silk, Chris (June 11, 2010). "Review: Naples Players Create Chaotic Fun with 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie'". Naples Daily News. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- "Reading Rainbow: Season 10, Episode 2. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (19 Oct. 1993)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- Cherry, Nanciann (September 29, 2005). "Diversity Rules: Comedies and a Folk Tale Featured on Area Stages". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books" (PDF). Theatreworks USA. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- Laura Bush read If You Take a Mouse to the Movies to the children over the holidays.
- India "Willie Bush, the family cat's favorite book If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie on the White House lawn
- New York Times Best Seller List If You Give a Dog a Doughnut
- If You Give a Child a Book, HarperCollins book donation program
- Alabama Children's Choice Book Award, now named Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Award
- Renaming of award
- California Young Reader Medal
- Colorado Children's Book Award
- Georgia Children's Picture Storybook Award
- Nevada Young Reader's Award
- Buckeye Children's Book Award
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Classic Award If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award If You Give a Moose a Muffin
- If You Take a Mouse to School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards
- Shepherd-Hayes, Deborah (1994). A Guide for Using If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin in the Classroom. Huntington Beach, CA: Teacher Created Materials. ISBN 1-55734-531-7.