If You Take A Mouse To School Audio Cassette – Jun 19 2003
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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!).
Most recent customer reviews
Cute, especially for kids starting school, the idea that a mouse could wreak so much havoc in their otherwise orderly day...Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Tiffany
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 morePublished on Dec 16 2003
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 morePublished on Aug. 1 2003 by audrey frances
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
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 morePublished on Oct. 27 2002 by L. Blackmore
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 morePublished on Sept. 6 2002 by T. D.
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