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If You Give a Mouse a Brownie
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, by Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond, is their ninth book in the series that began with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in 1985. Sor far the books have also on occasion starred a pig, a moose, a cat, and a dog. And each book charts the theoretical sequence of events that might flow from enjoying a sweet treat -- in this case, a brownie. The adorable main character runs a kid ragged flitting from idea to idea and activity to activity, which will sound very familiar to parents reading the book aloud. But it's all good fun and models spontaneity, creativity, patience, and kindness.
What's the story?
The mouse who started the franchise returns in IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A BROWNIE. Once again, he keeps a boy busy responding to his every whim as he goes from a brownie-and-ice-cream snack to deciding to put on a rock concert, creating and distributing posters for it around the neighborhood, turning a poster into a little boat when it starts raining, then having a picnic when the sun comes out, playing on swings in the park, and ultimately circling back to craving a brownie à la mode. By that time, the boy collapses in an exhausted heap.
Is it any good?
The adorable mouse in blue overalls continues to charm readers with his exuberance and spontaneity while remaining within the bounds of the series' formula. Thanks to his cuteness and never-ending excitement, he remains irresistible -- and highly relatable for both kids and adult readers who, like the boy in If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, must respond to their kids' constant requests and nonstop creative notions.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how creativity is shown in If You Give a Mouse a Brownie. Have you ever gotten an idea to do or make something but needed a friend's or grown-up's help to find art supplies or ingredients? How did it turn out in the end?
If you've read other books in this series, how does this one compare? Is the idea getting tired, or is every book fun and a little different? What makes these books so popular: the story or the characters?
What do you like best about the book: the story or the art?
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