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If You Take A Mouse To School [Audio Cassette]

Laura Numeroff
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June 19 2003 If You Give. . .

If you take a mouse to school, he'll ask for your lunch box. And when you give children this irresistible book-and-tape package, they'll want to hear Joan Allen's animated reading of if you take a mouse to school again and again. . . .

My Lunchbox: a silly song that will make your mouth water for lunch.

A reading of if you take a mouse to school by actress Joan Allen.

Big Words: practice your vocabulary with this upbeat tune.

Anecdotes about Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

Read along! A reading of the book with turn-the-page signals.

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Ah, mice. Give them an inch and they'll take a mile. Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond, creators of the bestselling picture books If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, are back with If You Take a Mouse to School. As you might imagine, there are great risks in bringing your mouse to school. For starters, he'll ask you for your lunchbox. And then a sandwich. And a snack for later. Still not satisfied, he'll want to participate in everything from math to soccer. Children and adults alike will revel in the hilarious, very cute illustrations of the mouse in the classroom: hanging from the top corner of the blackboard to spell (aptly enough) "precocious" and "adrenaline," writing "'Goodnight Mouse' by Mouse," sitting inside the boy's open backpack playing with a yo-yo, etc. This book is more episodic in nature than the truly cause-and-effect formula of the previous books: "If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want some syrup to go with it." Nonetheless, kids who know and love this rollicking read-aloud series will laugh and play to see a mouse at school. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In a rollicking romp, Numeroff and Bond send the energetic, exuberant star of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (and his boy sidekick) into the classroom. After pulling on his overalls, the diminutive character makes his first request ("He'll ask you for your lunchbox") and then demands a snack, notebook and pencils before climbing into the boy's backpack. Once at school, the mercurial mouse happily bounds from one activity to the next: he spells "a word or two" on the blackboard (Bond shows these as an impressive list headed by "onomatopoeia"), conducts a science experiment (purple matter erupts from his beaker), builds "a little mouse house" out of blocks (the edifice looks quite elaborate) and fashions furniture for it with clay. Realizing he needs something on his new bookshelf, the ambitious critter collects paper and pencils and creates his own book, which he then wants to take home, in "your" lunch box. As animated as the whiskered student it depicts, Bond's art lives up to expectation, featuring her customary crisp colors and kid-pleasing details. Its school setting, tried-and-true tone and popular protagonist mark this title as a winner. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Children love the mouse so naturally we are indebted to author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond for delivering another tale where the mouse wags the boy. With youngsters who haven't started school being so fascinated by the prospect of the real thing, taking the mouse to school is a natural subject. So far, so good.

Before you take the mouse to school, you use a wide toothed comb to put its few hairs in place. Next, the mouse wants to explore your lunchbox. Naturally, he'll want a sandwich. That reminds him that he needs a snack, a notebook, and some pencils. And what about hitching a ride in your backpack? At school, he wants to see what's going on. He's very good at math and spelling (the most humorous page in the book). A science experiment leads to purple and green glop. Next stop, the boy's bathroom! He spies some building blocks on the way to the lunch room and makes a mouse mansion. Naturally, he makes some furniture and creates some books for his bookshelf. Later, he'll want to take his books home after he reads them to you. After school, he gets busy with sports and skateboarding until he realizes the lunchbox with his books is still back in school. So back to school you go!

I didn't find this circle story to be as appealing as the circle stories in the other stories. It's like one circle comes half-way round (home to lunch room) and then starts another circle (lunch room to home to school) that isn't quite circular. I may be too much into symmetry for my own good, but I felt off balance as I read the second half of the book.

Also, what the mouse wants to do isn't quite as crazy as is desirable. These are all things that any self-respecting child does. Usually, the mouse wants the child to do something way out. I missed that element.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but then what? May 7 2004
By T K
OK, bottom line, my daughter loves this book. Loves the story and loves the pictures. So I have to give it an overall positive review because the primary purpose of a kid's book is to entertain the kids.
But I do have a little complaint, and I know how silly it will sound. This book is a follow-up to "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie" and others in the series, such as another of my daughter's favorites, "If you Give A Moose A Muffin." What is clever about these stories is that they develop a circular sequence of events that ultimately lead back to the beginning for what could be another in an infinite series of rotations through the steps. This book does not end so neatly. The mouse must return to the school to retrieve his lunchbox, hence you are taking a mouse to school again, but it is at the end of the school day, not the beginning. If there were one more page it would say, "Umm, then you'd go home."
I know, again I'm being too knit-picky for a kid's book. But parents will feel more enthusiastic to read a kids book where the gimmick is successfully carried out, not one that seems forced, as if the writer had a deadline. Or a nap to take.
Still, thumbs and tails up. I gave it four stars figuring I'd give five to Felicia Bond, the illustrator, and three to the author, Laura Numeroff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mouse is Back..... July 20 2002
"If you take a mouse to school he'll ask you for your lunchbox..." So begins Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's latest manic chain of events adventure, and little ones, familiar with this marvelous series, will know just what kind of trouble is coming next. Mouse is never quite satisfied. Once he's got your lunchbox, he'll want a sandwich, and a snack for later, a notebook and pencils, and he'll want to share your backpack. Once you get to school, he'll do a little math, some spelling, and a rather messy science experiment, that sends him to the bathroom in need of washing up. Then he notices the building blocks, and so on, and so forth, through the end of the school day and after, until the story comes full circle, and his boy companion ends up taking him back to school..... Ms Numeroff's lively text is entertaining and engaging, but it's Ms Bond's busy, bright and exuberant illustrations that make this picture book sparkle. Each colorful, action packed page is filled with special, humorous details, and youngsters will revel in all the fun as they watch this endearing little rodent wreak havoc and create chaos in the classroom. Though the story doesn't flow as smoothly as in the previous books of this series (If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, If You Give A Moose A Muffin, If You Take A Mouse To The Movies), and isn't quite as intricate or clever, If You Take A Mouse To School is still a comical, silly romp kids 3-7 will want to read again and again.
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While I may tire of reading it over and over, my children love this book. I gave it to my daughter on her first day of kindergarten this year. She absolutely loves it (as well as all the other Mouse, Pig and Moose books). The pictures are adorable and there aren't a lot of words making it great for small children. My son said the teacher read them this book in first grade recently and all the children laughed and laughed. It's a true delight for many ages of children.
This little mouse gets into more things with his non-stop mind. He brain works similar to many children, I believe! From one thing to the next he goes, where he stops no one knows. He always cleans up his messes, although he's always off to something else soon after. He's an adventurous little mouse with a ton of energy. The kids love following him on those adventures, never quite sure what he'll get into next. This is definitely my children's favorite series in the house (which says a lot!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I know this book by heart...
My seventeen-month old son will search through his vast library to find this book (and the others in this series), protesting when I try to compromise with another selection. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Tiffany
5.0 out of 5 stars he will ask you
This is a nice book to read to young kids. This is mostly like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. It is about when you take a mouse to school. He will ask for all school supplies. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars cute characters, fun and lively illustrations
This must be the 5th or 6th in this series that pairs author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond in a creative partnership that has spawned more than a few adorable... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2003 by audrey
4.0 out of 5 stars This Mouse is great!!
I thought this book was great! I thought it was so cute how the mouse was at school with the little boy. Overall I think this book was really good!
Published on May 13 2003 by Lindsey Stephens
3.0 out of 5 stars Loosing steam?
My son loves the previous books in the series, and this one is not bad, either. The drawing of the mouse peeking out from behind the book in class is fabulous, as is the blackboard... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2002 by L. Blackmore
5.0 out of 5 stars If you take a Mouse to School
My four year old son really likes mouse...Mouse is just as precocius as he. He has bonded with the mouse character they are kindred in spirit. I am excited about it all! Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002 by T. D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite, but my 2+ year old loves it
This newest book in the "series" does not seem to have the same flow of events as the others, however, it is still a fun book to read and my daughter loves it. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book - maybe 4 1/2 stars
My 4-year old really likes it. The writing style and pacing is very "in tune" with him - on the first reading, he seemed to know what was coming next, and guessed the last line... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2002 by "michikami"
5.0 out of 5 stars That demanding mouse is back for another adventure!
I bought this for my soon to be three year old daughter because she loves the other books in this series so much (if you give a mouse a cookie, a pig a pancake, etc.). Read more
Published on July 31 2002 by Ariel Pawlak
5.0 out of 5 stars A fan of Mouse
I love these books and so do my nephews. We've been waiting for this one, and now it's already memorized. Thanks, Laura Numeroff!
Published on July 28 2002
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