->''"If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk."''
--> -- ''If You Give a Mouse a Cookie''
''If You Give a Mouse a Cookie'' is a children's picture book written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. Each page has a large, colorful picture and short sentence telling the story of a (nameless yet, oddly, eponymous) mouse and an equally nameless boy. The story starts, naturally, with the boy [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin giving the mouse a cookie]]. The story goes on from there, with the mouse needing a new item on each page. It ends up with the mouse, once again, wanting a cookie.
The many, many sequels (''If You Give a Moose a Muffin'', ''If You Give a Pig a Pancake'', ''If You Give a Bear a Brownie'', ''If You Give a Cat a Cupcake'', ''If You Give a Dog a Donut'') all [[SameStoryDifferentNames follow approximately the same plot]], with variations on the animal and food item.
!! This book contains examples of:
* ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his mouse.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: All but the first book alliterated the animal with the food.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The book is about a mouse. Who wants a cookie.
* HereWeGoAgain: The last page has the mouse, once again, wanting a cookie (to go with his glass of milk).
* StockAnimalDiet: Averted. This mouse eats cookies. With milk, of course.
* TalkingAnimal: The eponymous mouse.