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If You Give a Moose a Muffin Hardcover – September 30, 1991

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"If you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it." So begins the most logical silliness to be found anywhere--at least since Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Readers will follow a young boy and his voracious visitor through a series of antlered antics: jam reveries and puppet shows and big messes. It all makes perfect sense, really, once you stop to think about it. What moose wouldn't want to borrow a sweater when it's cold outside? And why shouldn't the loose button on the sweater remind him of his grandmother? Bond's cleverly detailed, witty illustrations perfectly complement Numeroff's deadpan style. Through just a few deft words and brush strokes, the reader gets a real sense of the unique personalities of the two characters. Children will relate easily to the full-circle reasoning of the story, while picking up the concept of cause and effect. The moral of the story? Keep plenty of muffin mix and blackberry jam in your cupboard. You never know who may drop by. (Great read aloud, ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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In this sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie , the complexities that can follow a simple act of kindness are played out with the same rampant silliness as in the previous book. The dilemma here is of a different dimension--a moose, after all, will almost always be a bigger problem than a mouse--but the collaborators maintain the same jolly mood. And what happens when you give a moose a muffin? He asks for jam, of course, and when he's finished eating all the muffins, he'll want you to make more. That entails a trip to the store. Of course the moose would like to go, but he may need to borrow a sweater; he might notice a button is loose, in which case he'll require a needle and thread. Numeroff and Bond have another clear winner--the drawings of the goofy moose sashaying around the house as his small host struggles to keep up with his demands make for great fun. Ages 3-7.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD590L (What's this?)
  • Series: If You Give...
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060244054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060244057
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. If You Give a Moose a Muffin was one of her picks.
This humorous book has to be one of the most imaginative ever written and illustrated!
The premise starts with a child spotting a moose out the window in the back yard. The child beckons to the moose, gives the moose a muffin, opens the kitchen door, and lets the moose in. Holding the muffin in his teeth, the moose obviously seems to need some jam. The child opens the refrigerator and gets out the mother's homemade blackberry jam. The moose quickly starts eating the muffin, now that it has jam on it. Then another, and another . . . and another until they are all gone. He seems to want you to make some more.
One thing connects to another, and before the book ends the moose will get a sweater, make puppets, create the scenery, put on a puppet show, make a mess, clean up the mess, want some more jam, and still wants some more muffins.
The book works at several levels. First, the idea is simply to be a good hostess or host. That's something that all children need to learn. You should try to please your guest. Even if it is a moose!
Second, there is also an analogy to being a parent, helping a child.
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Bedtime is the favorite time for me and my five year old daughter. Some time ago we discovered If You Give a Mouse a Muffin, and both of us fell in love. It was with great pleasure we found out that Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond has more books out in this series, and just like the first one, If You Give a Moose a Muffin has become an all time favorite for us.
The book starts with a little boy giving a muffin to the moose right outside his house. The moose gets the muffin, but comes into the house to get some jam to go with it.And of course the one muffin is not enough, the moose wants one more and one more.And as the story goes on the moose gets more and more fantastic ideases. The drawings that goes with the story are so funny, you just have to stop reading all the time to enjoy them.
And exactly like the first book this story makes an eterniy wheel - in the end the moose see some jam, and of course wants a muffin to go with the jam, and we are right back to the beginning. It is a genious way to write for children, and just as much fun for the grown up reader.
My daughter and I only have the first two books in the series yet, but have the others on top of our wish list.
Read the book, with or without a child, and I can promise you the best reading time :-)
My hope is that someone will translate these books into Norwegian, I would love to give all Norwegian chidren the pleasure of discovering them.
Britt Arnhild Lindland in Norway
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As a gift from a family member to our daughter we were introduced to Numeroff. Now we are hooked. We have "If you give a Pig a Pancake" and "If you give a Mouse a Cookie." The illustrations and the stories are wonderful.
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Six years after their classic 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie', Numeroff and Bond were back with an equally compelling tale of generosity unrewarded. Because of course one thing leads to another -- each seemingly logical, each somehow more outrageous -- until once again the accommodating child is left exhausted.
The illustrations are wonderful, particularly the moose donning a sweater to fight off the chill. Your children will howl with delight.
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By A Customer on March 10, 2000
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The kids and I just love the Numeroff books, and "Moose" in particular. It shows cause and effect, however absurd, and is full of activities for rainy or snowy days. The text and pictures have given us great ideas--sock puppets, making scenery, working in the garden, making jam, and cleaning up afterward. Highly recommended for encouraging young imaginations!
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My favorite of the "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie" works! The illustrations are bright and engaging (so many things for a 3 year old to point out!), the story is cute and moves well, and it's a book I can read to my toddlers over and over again without getting sick of it. Great for transitioning from reading to your child to them reading it themself. When it first arrived, my daughter insisted I read "The Moose Book" and after we finished it, she immediately wanted to read it again (usually she's a 1 book, 1 time, NEXT! girl). After the second time through, she took the book over to the couch and "read" through it by herself cover to cover at least twice. My 2 year old will actually sit all the way through it too, which is saying something because he's usually done with reading after the first couple pages of a book.
My daughter keeps using her socks as puppets. :D
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