Literature / If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

"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 eponymous) mouse and an equally nameless boy. The story starts, naturally, with the boy 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 follow approximately the same plot, with variations on the animal and food item.

In 2015, a cartoon based on the original book was released by Amazon Studios. It was written, developed and executive produced by Ken Scarborough, known for Arthur and Doug. The cartoon features the boy and mouse from the original picture book, with the cast rounded out by the animals from the other books, such as the pig, the moose and the cat. Originally only two specials were produced, but in September 2017, Amazon announced an actual television series to premiere on November 7, 2017.


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