Parents' Guide to

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Beloved book characters entertain in delightful series.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 3+

Pretty good

Simple animation and storylines. The mouse is a bit dramatic, but otherwise it's pretty inocuous
age 2+

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (7 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Numeroff's much beloved book characters are even more absorbing in these funny, heartwarming stories about impulsive Mouse and his friends. His imagination leads him in all sorts of unexpected directions -- playing superhero around the neighborhood, inventing a new game for mouse-size folks, and inviting his friends for an impromptu camping extravaganza -- all inspired by a simple object or a new idea. It's the kind of thing kids can relate to, and the lively stories celebrate creativity and trying new things.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie doesn't draw directly from the books for the plots of its stories, but fans will notice scenery and particular objects that are inspired by the written tales, since the animation stays so true to Felicia Bond's charming illustrations. At several points throughout the stories, the dialogue also mimics Numeroff's rhythmic "if/then" lines, helping kids make connections between the characters' actions and what happens next. These gentle reminders of cause and effect are not only funny, but also likely to prompt conversations about consequences and solving problems.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate