Children’s Book Review #11


I firmly believe that every child must read these books.  I say “these” because this is the first of several, the newest one being If You Give a Dog a Donut, which just came out this month.

Now, my husband may roll his eyes at the very mention of this collection, but that’s just because they were the ONLY books my daughter ever wanted to read (we had four at the time…five now) for a long time.  And if she could have her way , she’d have us read all of them at each sitting — which, consequently, I have done more than once.

The books really are great.  With just a couple of lines of text per page, they flow quickly to maintain an energetic pace, and the consistent pattern from book to book is wonderfully appealing to children.  With simple yet clever plots, each book ends right back where it started, as if to suggest a comically never-ending cycle of a boisterous little animal running some poor child completely ragged.

The amusing pictures are quite engaging; each book has certain spreads that my daughter will make us stop at each time.  We have to count all the cookies, or giggle about the knocked-over chair, or find all the animals, or whatever the routine is for that particular book.  And I’m pretty sure this two-year-old kid has each book memorized.

All that to say, kids love these books!  And I love them, too. 🙂

The series includes:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie*
If You Give a Moose a Muffin*
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake*
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies*
If You Give a Pig a Party*
If You Give a Dog a Donut

(The * denotes those that we already own and love.  We’ve yet to collect the entire series) 


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