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If You Give a Moose a Muffin Paperback – February 28, 1994
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Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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A New York Times best-selling children's book author, Laura is best known for the series based on her book IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. First printed in 1985, "Mouse" is beyond its 60th printing. The fourth book in the series, IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES was on the New York Times Children's Best Seller list for five months- nine weeks at number one.
An avid animal lover and foodie, Laura's released her newest book RAISING A HERO. It is the first of the Work for Biscuits series celebrating dogs with incredible jobs.
In 2000, IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE was featured on the Oprah show three times, and was recommended by Oprah's first kids' book club, as well as being noted as Oprah's favorite children's book of the year on her Christmas show. "PIG" was also on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller List for over a year. In addition, the series has sold over 4.5 million copies, been printed in fourteen languages, and won the prestigious Quill Award in the picture book category.
Some of Laura's other books currently in print are: WHAT MOMMIES DO BEST/WHAT DADDIES DO BEST, DOGS DON'T WEAR GLASSES, THE CHICKEN SISTERS, WHY A DISGUISE? The first two books in Laura's JELLYBEANS book series made the New York Times Best Seller List.
Hillary Clinton, President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush have all read Laura's books to kids. First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother, her daughters, Malia and Sasha read Laura's book at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn. Laura was one of ten children's authors invited to a literacy day in Washington during the Bush administration in 2001. She has also visited over 100 elementary schools and has been a speaker at teacher conferences around the country.
With the release of her latest book, RAISING A HERO, Laura actively supports CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE, a non-profit organization providing service dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Laura also donates a portion of her book royalties to FIRST BOOK, a non-profit organization that provides brand new books to children who otherwise would not have access to them. She donated all royalties from THE HOPE TREE- KIDS TALK OUT ABOUT BREAST CANCER, to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
When not writing, Laura takes French lessons, reads to children in hospitals and considers herself a book and movie fanatic.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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
The illustrations are wonderful, particularly the moose donning a sweater to fight off the chill. Your children will howl with delight.
From an adult-critique standpoint, I think Laura Joffe Numeroff's story in this one was the most clever, scene to scene. All the shifts in focus make perfect sense, if you view the moose as personified the moment the kid tosses him the muffin, and never have too large a shift in the scope of the action. It's absurdly funny to have an animal the size of a moose at play like a child in the house.
My favorite illustration is of the moose and the kid -- probably a boy but not altogether clear, so she's a girl for my daughters -- painting the scenery for the puppet show. (Confused? Buy it and read it.) Felicia Bond is very gifted in conveying body language and movement in her characters, and her complex cartoon drawings are delightful all around.
Now this may seem like an obvious point, but a real moose is a very dangerous animal, so parents must instruct their very literal-minded small children that real wild animals are dangerous, and that stories like this are funny pretend stories -- can you say "metaphor" sweetie? You can imagine a friendly moose, but never go up to a real one. There are thousands of kids' stories with personified animals, so this is not a new thought to most adults, but sometimes it's hard for us to remember that *everything* is new to small children.
Our daughters enjoy all three, though I haven't seen Mouse/Cookie surface for a while, so I'll have to dig it out and read it to the 20-month-old. She loves Pig/Pancake and this one. Our older daughter (4.5) treasured all three beginning at her sister's age, and now uses them to really look at and read the words that she already knew by heart.
These are great books. Enjoy with them!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Warning: This book gives your children ideas! After reading this, my kiddos wanted to make muffins and do a puppet show. Read morePublished 2 days ago by K Zabriskie
one of my son's favorite stories growing up. I am now buying it for my new grandson I can't wait to see my son share the joyPublished 3 days ago by Gena
Was a christmas gift to a grandchild. This series of if you give....... books are hits with kids, it was well read during the holiday get together.Published 9 days ago by Janet Ramis
This book is absolutely adorable! Fantastic hard cover book with a dust cover. Great illustrations and the story line is perfect for little ones.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
was very pleased with the condition the book was in for being a used book. Thanks my granddaughters will enjoy the book.Published 21 days ago by karen vosburg
I loved this book! I ordered it as a gift and we had SO much fun! The series is great but I really enjoyed this one in particular. Great issustrations and imagery!Published 23 days ago by Rebecca Schilling