î If You Give a Mouse a Cookie ó Download by Ì Laura Joffe Numeroff I know, it probably seems odd for a 23 year old to give a children s book such a good review, but this has always been, and still is, one of my all time favorite books If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was one of the first books that I read It was in my elementary school s library, and if you go to that school and find the book it probably still has my name stamped in the back of it a hundred times I love the continuous progression of the story and the mouse s needs It is sure to make any child laugh and possibly some adults, too One thing is for certain, the mouse in the book is the neediest mouse I ve ever met Every time, somebody says Cookie or mouse, it is impossible for me to not repeat the entire title.
Funny and unique This poem is innovative and entertains amazingly.
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 TrimThe 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 3 Cookie s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is an okay picture book, it s not a favorite of mine that s for sure but at the same time, it is really cute I found this one to be a bit boring and it actually kinda annoyed me The illustrations weren t very colorful nor were they bold enough The story does not have the deepest meaning, but overall Meh, it s an okay book for children, I guess I won t be reading it again though, once was plenty.
I know a ton of people love this book, but not me The illustrations aren t horrible and neither are they uniquely memorable over, the story is uninteresting and bland What type of thought went into this book anyway I ve met Laura and she s a nice lady, but give me a break The story is cute, but it is just a bland series of partially logical observations made by the author about this mouse If Laura can come up with a book like this and publish it, then I have lost a lot of confidence in the quality of children s book out in the market not too mention the motives of publishers hmmmmoney not quality I could come up with something similar, so let me try I might just publish it later.
If you give a dog some food he might want some water If you give a dog some water he might want a walk If you give a dog a walk he might want a snack If you give a dog a snack he might want a nap.
get my boring drift.
Although I do have to admit that Laura Joffe Numeroff s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a cute and entertainingly sweet enough little story and I also realise that young children often tend to much love cumulative tales and perhaps even guessing what might occur next, what might the next scenario be , personally and having first read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as an older adult in my late 40s , I am left than a bit underwhelmed and unmoved as even Felicia Bond s accompanying illustrations seem rather unspectacular and much too gaudy and cartoon like, even rather strangely unrealistic for my personal aesthetic tastes For I guess I just generally do much prefer stories and even with regard to picture books for younger children that have a bit substance and plot, that have of an actual story to them with conflicts and resolutions And while I could well and definitely imagine reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie aloud to a small child or to a group of small children and that this could and would likely be a hit, a major audience success , I also would most likely not all that much enjoy having to read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie repeatedly or rather being asked to read it over and over again as I think this could rapidly become majorly tedious and annoying for me , but then again, considering that I also had similarly simple German language picture books with which I kind of tortured my parents and grandparents with my constant demands of having them read to me when I was very young, I probably should not be so overly and massively critical here.
I enjoy children s books as an adult than I ever did as a child Perhaps, this is because I can see past the cutesy bullshit and appreciate the adult agenda within them For example, The Butter Battle Book is far chilling when read as an adult coping with our nuclear reality And Tango Makes Three introduces children to homosexuality, while The Berenstein Bears introduces children to how Pappa Berenstein hates foreigners Who s really surprised If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is both a lesson about the very adult dangers of kindness, and can even be interpreted as a warning against welfareI don t know enough to have a proper opinion on the welfare debate, but I appreciate that a childrens book can even raise that questionIt s impact might be lost on child readers, but I believe the exposure to such concepts is good for their minds 5 5 stars for asking troubling questions.
There s a good amount of happy nostalgia associated with this book for me, so, the bad is that it makes it hard for me to review this objectively, but, the good is that obviously I loved it when I was little And, I can still see why The illustrations are adorable and the absurdity of the antics of this helpful little mouse are delightful I can appreciate now the helpful actions of the mouse reflecting those of children who help mom in the kitchen i.
e cooking breakfast while leaving a huge mess behind as well as the exhaustion that comes with taking care of something I also adore now and when I was little the scale of everything the mouse in relation to the cookie, the tiny box for the mouse to sleep in, etc All in all, a whole lot of fun Who remembers this book Happy is as happy is Some books just bring back great memories
It is easy to replace bourgeois victim with our murine hero, raising to idolatry his search for false desires, which leads to a parodically circuitous odyssey of want Numeroff s story is one of deceptive simplicity, but with a jarring impact In less than three hundred words, she is captures the movement of emotion of her literary predecessors, primarily of French origin, though also hearkening back to the Homeric epics Proust, James, Balzac, Dickens are among Numeroff s literary forefathers, and her precision for language shows a heavy influence of Flaubert, contemporarily manifest in the logical exactitude of Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway Take or example the opening sequenceIf 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 for a napkin.
Then he will want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn t have a milk mustache Immediately we are drawn into a contained cosmos of desire which is postulated in a hypothetical, though illustrated in an ever present reality While we are kept somewhat distanced from our mouselike counterpart by the conditional, we are drawn in by the seeming reality of the action, the omniscience of the narrator, an almost godly knowing, reminds us of a master Chess player, foreseeing the hero s moves, up to his ultimate epiphany, from the first line We are acquainted with the mouse with such immediacy, we feel we know him, we feel as though he is a part of us, or perhaps than we are despite his size Though we are removed from the hero s consciousness, we feel he is both na ve of his circuitous desires, but also disturbingly manipulative This contradiction, this na vete matched with perturbing self possession, concerns the reader how aware am I of my own desires We are moved, our uncertainty of the hero s self awareness is never satisfied We observe the seeming na vete and it enlightens us to our own short commings of self awareness To see someone who does not see is the best way to be intensely aware of what he does not see argued Barthes, and it is precisely the salient power of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
The godless landscape of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is one marked by a total secularization of morality and gratification The parallels to our own secular society, in which we are diminished to figurative animals beasts of pure will driven in the vain effort for satiety of our animalistic desires Instead of a God, the world within the story is governed by a maternalistic hand reminiscent of Neo Marxian doctrine of entitlement than it is to the classical Judeo Chrisitan rule of centuries past Instead of being ruled by virtue, or protagonist is ruled by the ever demanding want of his body Cookies, milk, soft bedding, but no time for self reflection, no orison nor even secular gratitude is shared by our profane hero We compare the mouse s struggle for want to the Defoe s struggle for need in Robinson Crusoe, and we are dismayed at the descent from virtue of our present day society, in which our vices and excesses have supplanted our virtues and reservations.
In his gustatory pursuits, we observe his coy glances, his polite demeanor, but ultimately his ingratitude And what disturbs us as the reader is his humanlike disposition, his canny vanity, his concern with appearances and hygienic preoccupations, and his servility to routine His look into the pierglass is so human that one expects to see our diminutive friend the next time we check for our own milk mustaches the parodic symbol of self indulgence and minor fall from poise The vanity implicit in our h ros de rongeurs is startling parallel to our own fall from grace, manifest in Milton s Paradise Lost Despite his many pleasures, his many wants they are startlingly mundane to us, they are self serving but unambitious He foregoes the search for self discovery, for transcendent pleasure, for the pleasures of immediacy, which feed his vanity and his comfort His look into the mirror reveals to us a world of pleasures forgone, given up, in the vain restraints of society, with which he is disturbingly complicit His concern for his milk mustache, his imagined need for a haircut a purely imaginary need for our rodent friend, one which is purely vain and removed from true necessity, disturbs us, but warms us to him He is made human to us, but that is precisely the element which disturbs us and makes us question our own vain pursuits But our hero s desires are manifold What begins as a novel of unhealthy appetite of necessity and hunger, become a hunger for a higher appetite the hunger for the aestheticHe ll probably ask you to read him a story So you ll read him one 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 What began as low hierarchical needs according to Maszlow , rises with expediency to needs of self realization in his pursuit for artistic expression This passage is the greatest drop of the mask of our narrator revealing her greater purpose to expose the mimetic nature of our deepest desires Upon hearing the story, which we imagine is the very story we are reading a classical representation of the meta literary play often attributed to post modern writers, and seeing the illustrations, he is moved by a previously unknown desire Due to the constrained world in which the narrative takes place a small house, presumably in the suburbs, a set manifestation of the class so brutally satirized we must consider this desire within the constraint of the story What moves our hero to request a bedtime story We can only assume it is a routine he has usurped from his benefactors, a further emulation of their posh lives which they take for granted The story is so moving to the mouse that he is immediately affected What author can claim artistic impulse in a void Certainly no contemporary author is without his or her literary influences Literature too is circuitous in its search for the truth every author seeks the answers behind his characters, behind his plot, behind the meaning of his life s work, but each author usurps his questions from his literary forefathers or foremothers Where is literature without Homer Without Sophocles or Plato, Plutarch The question we are never answered is what moved the unnamed author of the unknown bedtime story to write it We know only that our bourgeois protagonist seeks emulation of that art If You Give a Mouse a Cookie ends with an almost Borgesian nihilismLooking 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 for a glass of milk, he s going to want a cookie to go with it.
Thus desire begets desire, begets desire the search for fulfillment is endless, and our hero is left always hungry for something new, but can never identify what that is We are left haunted by this children s story, but the foolishness of the petite protagonist, who wants big things but those big things seem very small to us It makes the reader turn in upon himself herself and wonder what do I want And what is the ultimate path of my wants Can I ever be fulfilled or am I resigned to the mazy route of routine desire Imagine waking up to realize the fruition of your ultimate desire is only the begetting of desires Desires of things which you only believe that you want Chilling.