If You Give a Mouse a Brownie

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Familiar formula still works in adorable mouse romp.

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Educational Value

Shows what you'd need to put on a concert (stage, lights), how to advertise it (create and hang up posters), what you'd need to create the posters (paper and markers). 

Positive Messages

Be spontaneous. Create your own fun with your imagination -- and a little help from someone who can dig up art supplies, for example. You can help a friend follow through on an idea by finding the supplies and equipment he needs. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The mouse is upbeat, spontaneous, and creative. The boy is kind, helpful, generous, and patient. 

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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. 

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Teen, 13 years old Written byhayvenlee jane 2005 November 28, 2016

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this book is the best ever.

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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