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Parents' Guide to

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Book pals spread holiday cheer with friendly, funny tale.

Movie NR 2016 30 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

Good for toddlers, especially sensitive ones

Turns out that finding a holiday program for toddler isn’t easy - many of the classics have some scary elements that would be too much for my 2 year old. This one has songs, is a watchable 45 min length, has familiar characters to a book that she likes, has an age appropriate plot, and teaches a good lesson.
age 3+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Laura Numeroff's books have delighted kids and parents with their rhythmic, chain-of-events tales of distraction and happenstance that come full circle at the stories' end. So goes this sweet Christmas story that brings to life Numeroff's original series hero, Mouse. He's joined by others who've since starred in their own books -- Cat, Dog, Pig, and Moose -- and who can't quite manage to rein in their impulsive friend's eagerness to see, do, learn, and attempt to fix. Youngsters no doubt can relate to Mouse's enthusiasm, especially for Christmas and all its joys, and they will enjoy seeing him and his friends in motion in this sweet tale.

Transitioning a beloved book or character from print to screen takes some care, and there's a fine line between embellishing the story and replacing it altogether. If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie stays faithful to the artistic style of Numeroff's books and incorporates just the right number of famous lines from them. ("If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk.") It's also fun to see Mouse interact with his friends and to find out more about the silent human in the stories, Mouse's person Oliver.

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