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The Barnes & Noble Review Bringing a plucky mouse to school isn't the wisest idea, no matter how much fun it might seem. Thankfully, the bestselling duo of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond -- creators of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -- have teamed up to show us the hijinks a whiskered school guest could cause. S The Barnes & Noble Review Bringing a plucky mouse to school isn't the wisest idea, no matter how much fun it might seem. Thankfully, the bestselling duo of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond -- creators of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -- have teamed up to show us the hijinks a whiskered school guest could cause. Starting with asking for your lunchbox, this critter is set for mischief. The feisty mouse asks for a snack for later (cookies of course), a notebook, and pencils, and wants "to share your backpack, too." After he arrives at school, the pushy classmate tries his hand (make that paw) at math and writing on the blackboard, afterward whipping up a messy, pink science experiment and building a "little mouse house" from blocks. The schooltime antics don't stop there, but a busy mouse tends to get hungry after so much playtime. Naturally his snack is in the lunchbox, which is stored "in a safe place" with his new picture book inside. Following the whimsical style of their previous books, Numeroff and Bond have done it again. Their high-adrenaline mouse will have readers cheering while their eyes comb the illustrations for extra nibbles of fun. Although the book's main human character looks positively exhausted at the end, we can only holler for more of the little guy with the huge school spirit. Matt Warner


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The Barnes & Noble Review Bringing a plucky mouse to school isn't the wisest idea, no matter how much fun it might seem. Thankfully, the bestselling duo of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond -- creators of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -- have teamed up to show us the hijinks a whiskered school guest could cause. S The Barnes & Noble Review Bringing a plucky mouse to school isn't the wisest idea, no matter how much fun it might seem. Thankfully, the bestselling duo of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond -- creators of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -- have teamed up to show us the hijinks a whiskered school guest could cause. Starting with asking for your lunchbox, this critter is set for mischief. The feisty mouse asks for a snack for later (cookies of course), a notebook, and pencils, and wants "to share your backpack, too." After he arrives at school, the pushy classmate tries his hand (make that paw) at math and writing on the blackboard, afterward whipping up a messy, pink science experiment and building a "little mouse house" from blocks. The schooltime antics don't stop there, but a busy mouse tends to get hungry after so much playtime. Naturally his snack is in the lunchbox, which is stored "in a safe place" with his new picture book inside. Following the whimsical style of their previous books, Numeroff and Bond have done it again. Their high-adrenaline mouse will have readers cheering while their eyes comb the illustrations for extra nibbles of fun. Although the book's main human character looks positively exhausted at the end, we can only holler for more of the little guy with the huge school spirit. Matt Warner

30 review for If You Take a Mouse to School

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rossy

    He's soooo cute and smart I hate mice, but this one is adorable! He's soooo cute and smart <3 It was really sweet/fun/sad when he wanted the lunchbox! I hate mice, but this one is adorable!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    This one was one of Madi's favorites. We read it multiple times every day.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Juan Zozaya

    This book I read was really funny because I had to read it to first grade students at Stevenson elementary. It was really an experience because I had never done that before. I liked that the children were very interested in the story, even though they had read it already. I was embarrassed at the moment but when I saw my friend do it I had the confidence to read to them. When I was finished they asked me a lot of random questions. I had fun reading this book to them. I’m sure they had fun heari This book I read was really funny because I had to read it to first grade students at Stevenson elementary. It was really an experience because I had never done that before. I liked that the children were very interested in the story, even though they had read it already. I was embarrassed at the moment but when I saw my friend do it I had the confidence to read to them. When I was finished they asked me a lot of random questions. I had fun reading this book to them. I’m sure they had fun hearing me read it. I recommend the book for children.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Anyone who has worked with children or had some of their own know that kids ask a lot of questions. Laura Joffe Numeroff builds off that truth in If You Take a Mouse to School. If you take a mouse to school... he will get into all sorts of crazy shenanigans, that is for sure! This book was read to the group at my preschool observation this morning. Their responses to the lead teacher's pre-reading questions were priceless ("Can we have a mouse for here?"). Colorful illustrations work in tandem wi Anyone who has worked with children or had some of their own know that kids ask a lot of questions. Laura Joffe Numeroff builds off that truth in If You Take a Mouse to School. If you take a mouse to school... he will get into all sorts of crazy shenanigans, that is for sure! This book was read to the group at my preschool observation this morning. Their responses to the lead teacher's pre-reading questions were priceless ("Can we have a mouse for here?"). Colorful illustrations work in tandem with the simple story to bring the adorable tale to life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Tankersley

    This story, along with all other Laura Numeroff stories was great! I love that it each action leads the mouse to want something else because it is so relatable to children's actions. Also, I like that it is set in a school. This makes it relatable to young students. Along with the plot, I enjoyed the illustrations. This story is silly and great to read to children of any age. It is also fun to read because the children can guess by looking at the pictures of what the mouse will want to do next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jon Gustafson

    This book is extremely engaging for students of nearly all ages. The colorful illustrations allow younger students to search for the mouse on each page while he is busy making mischief throughout a school. Students' schema is utilized as familiar school vocabulary is explored (science, lunchbox, lunchroom etc.). The story comes full-circle when the mouse asks, just like at the beginning, for your lunchbox.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    This is one that my pre scholars really liked. It is another one good for beginning readers, also if you have a little one afraid to start school, this shows how fun it can be.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    A good remix on the original If You Give a Mouse a Cookie but for back-to-school! Just as fun as the original but in a different environment.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bekah

    This story is about a little boy and a mouse. The little boy takes the mouse to school, and this leads to the mouse wanting snacks, and the mouse doing sciences experiments, and making messes, building things out of clay, writing a book, and many other things. Then the mouse forgot the book he wrote in the little boy's lunch box that the mouse hid at school, so in the end, the little boy had to take the mouse back to school again. I always love anything written by Laura Numeroff. Her books are so This story is about a little boy and a mouse. The little boy takes the mouse to school, and this leads to the mouse wanting snacks, and the mouse doing sciences experiments, and making messes, building things out of clay, writing a book, and many other things. Then the mouse forgot the book he wrote in the little boy's lunch box that the mouse hid at school, so in the end, the little boy had to take the mouse back to school again. I always love anything written by Laura Numeroff. Her books are so perfect and so cute in everyway. I especially love "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," or "If You Give a Moose a Muffin." They are cute simple stories that draw kids of any ages. The way she writes, she draws you into the story by wondering what the main character animal will do next. These books are necessary for any classroom and I will be happy to buy them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Peter Nicholson

    I had to read "If You Take a Mouse to School" to my little cousin. He really enjoyed the book and so did I. I am a junior in high school, and I enjoyed this first grade level book. It is about a mouse who wants to go to school and do all of these things at school such as riding a skateboard and drawing. The mouse will want to go back to school again and again. This picture books main character's are a mouse and the boy who owns the mouse. The mouse seems to be greedy and want a lot from his owner I had to read "If You Take a Mouse to School" to my little cousin. He really enjoyed the book and so did I. I am a junior in high school, and I enjoyed this first grade level book. It is about a mouse who wants to go to school and do all of these things at school such as riding a skateboard and drawing. The mouse will want to go back to school again and again. This picture books main character's are a mouse and the boy who owns the mouse. The mouse seems to be greedy and want a lot from his owner, much like children to their parents. The boy who owns the mouse seems to care for the mouse, because he lets it do anything it wants. He does seem like a nice boy and owner. I think that this book is in today's time. It does not say when it takes place. It takes place mainly at the school that the boy and mouse go to. I don't think you could mistake where it takes place anywhere else other than a school because of the title and the illustration shows they are at a school. I personally liked this book, because it was a quick easy read and my little cousin also enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to first grade children or younger. This book is not gender specific, because I think boys and girls would love this book. I think this is too easy of a read for myself, and I would never pick this up just to read on my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Bonbrisco

    "If You Take a Mouse to School" is another great series-of-events, or "if you give a" book, by Laura Numeroff. In this book, the mouse goes through a typical day of elementary school. From doing academics to playing sports before the bus takes him home, the mouse takes on a role of a student. Although the things he does are typical like taking a lunch to school and using many pencils, the use of exaggeration makes it very entertaining, especially for young children. I think this is an excellent "If You Take a Mouse to School" is another great series-of-events, or "if you give a" book, by Laura Numeroff. In this book, the mouse goes through a typical day of elementary school. From doing academics to playing sports before the bus takes him home, the mouse takes on a role of a student. Although the things he does are typical like taking a lunch to school and using many pencils, the use of exaggeration makes it very entertaining, especially for young children. I think this is an excellent book for K-1 students. I believe the book would be best suitable for a Kindergarten class read-aloud, particularly in the beginning of the school year when the students are just getting accustomed to the new routine of school. The book would greatly help students understand this new transition, and it is a fun read as well. I definitely believe it would be fitting for first graders too. Overall, the whole collection is entertaining and fun, and this book is a great way to get students interested in the routine of going to school.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    Mouse's visit to the school with his owner reads more like a sequence of events rather than a chain of connected events, as in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Mouse has interesting adventures that are illustrated with some really cute pictures (mouse peeking around the boy's book, mouse's head only visible in the cloud of dust that the kids kick up as they run for the bus). However, the story just didn't have the appeal to me that the very first mouse book did. It was OK.

  13. 4 out of 5

    April Castle

    This tale is about a mouse who goes to school with a boy and what a mouse would do. This book could be used to discuss the things that go on in a school day. This story could explore possibilities about what "if's" this happened. Could talk about things that happen in a school day and why we can not bring pets to school. Keywords: School, mouse, events at school, what you might do in a school day

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna Dipprey

    If you take a mouse to school is a great book that would be best suited for beginning learners. The colorful illustrations, silly plot and simple vocabulary make this book great for pre k to kindergarten students. This book would be best as a read aloud to young students, or an independent reading book for slightly older children. In my opinion, this book could be used as an independent reading book for children in the 1st grade.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    These books are cute enough. Recently I realized that I can use them in my grammar classes. Most of the sentences are good examples of complex sentences with classic dependent clauses leading the way. This will be a fun book to read with the children as I introduce this skill. If you take a mouse to school, the teacher will be able to use him to help educate the students. :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alondra Rodriguez

    What happen is that a boy takes a mouse too school and something's happen when he in school with a boy i did like the book it's a mouse that goes to school that never happens when do you take a mouse to school that's what i like about my book i recommend this book to a first grader or second grader because it is not that hard to read the book but it will be to easy for a 3 grader and up.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Judy Magallanez

    This colorful book keeps your students guessing as they see if their predictions are correct. It even talks about the mouse writing a book and then reading it to his friend. The mouse shows how much fun school can be.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brittney Daniel

    This book is a great way to discuss sequences and also make predictions. The series of animals experiencing different experiences can also be discussed as a whole group where the children make conclusions about what they may do.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy Angel

    The book was about a mouse that went to school and did a lot of stuff and some bad stuff too. I like this book because it kind of has action and its funny. I would recommend this book to the people that like to imaged stuff and yeah.

  20. 4 out of 5

    F.R. Southerland

    My daughter loves loves LOVES this book series

  21. 5 out of 5

    BritneyAnne McDonald

    If you take a mouse to school, you better be prepared for him to explore and be the best little student he can be! He will have to borrow many things from you so. You should probably like to share. He is going to get everything he asks you for because you just can't say no to the little fella. He will do the normal subjects such as math, writing and science. He will want to build and create. He is a little forgetful at times so make sure you know where this belongings are. You best believe you w If you take a mouse to school, you better be prepared for him to explore and be the best little student he can be! He will have to borrow many things from you so. You should probably like to share. He is going to get everything he asks you for because you just can't say no to the little fella. He will do the normal subjects such as math, writing and science. He will want to build and create. He is a little forgetful at times so make sure you know where this belongings are. You best believe you will have to bring him back to retrieve it. Such a cute book about a little mouse and his human helper! I read this as a young child and I still love it. It's a quick read because you want to know what else he wants! It keeps you flipping the pages to see what the little guy is up to. The pictures are interesting to me because I always try to find the cute mouse. I also read a book called "Where is Macey" growing up. I guess I like mice? classroom- Always be a helper and a good friend. Always share. If someone asks for a favor and you do it they are going to think you're dependable and ask for more favors. Don't bring your mouse to school!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hailey

    If You Take a Mouse to School is an adorable book about a little mouse that gets to go to school with a young boy. I found this book funny due to how if you give the little mouse one thing, he’s just going to keep wanting other things. I think this book would be appropriate for Kindergarteners because it is a simple read and the illustrations are detailed enough to the point that a young beginner reader, could easily determine what was happening based on the illustrations. I think the little mou If You Take a Mouse to School is an adorable book about a little mouse that gets to go to school with a young boy. I found this book funny due to how if you give the little mouse one thing, he’s just going to keep wanting other things. I think this book would be appropriate for Kindergarteners because it is a simple read and the illustrations are detailed enough to the point that a young beginner reader, could easily determine what was happening based on the illustrations. I think the little mouse accurately depicts how young preschoolers and kindergarteners are at that age where they are constantly wanting this and that and then forgetting things at home or at school and discovering new things-they are constantly on the go. Although a young child is not going to see themselves in the mouse, it is a fun read for teachers to share with a class through a read aloud that I’m sure will have the whole class laughing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Leigh

    Summary: If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff is a story about a boy describing what happens if you take a mouse to school. He describes that the mouse will want to share your backpack and locker, do some math, do a science experiment, build a mouse house, and so many other things. It is a perfect illustration of the "If you give an inch they take a mile." saying. Review: I give this book a 4/5 because of the way the author's voice makes the story flow. It also has colorful and creati Summary: If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff is a story about a boy describing what happens if you take a mouse to school. He describes that the mouse will want to share your backpack and locker, do some math, do a science experiment, build a mouse house, and so many other things. It is a perfect illustration of the "If you give an inch they take a mile." saying. Review: I give this book a 4/5 because of the way the author's voice makes the story flow. It also has colorful and creative images that tell a sub-story to the words on the text. Children would love this book as it would be funny and engaging to them. Teaching Application: I would use this lesson to teach cause and effect. This book is filled with instances of cause and effect that the students could study. It would be a perfect start to a mini-lesson on cause and effect in literature if this book was read prior to the activity and discussion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Clay states that we shouldn’t avoid authors whose text are harder to read but rather to prepare pupils ahead of time to the new unexpected structures and languages (2014). For this reason, I chose this book. This book has vocabulary that is familiar to preschoolers but introduces new vocabulary that is unfamiliar. This book engages in the reader on what would happen if they were to bring a mouse to school. This book can teach semantics, and pragmatics. In addition, it can help readers infer and Clay states that we shouldn’t avoid authors whose text are harder to read but rather to prepare pupils ahead of time to the new unexpected structures and languages (2014). For this reason, I chose this book. This book has vocabulary that is familiar to preschoolers but introduces new vocabulary that is unfamiliar. This book engages in the reader on what would happen if they were to bring a mouse to school. This book can teach semantics, and pragmatics. In addition, it can help readers infer and problem solve. A way to use this book would be to show the readers the cover and ask them to guess what they think will happen if they bring a mouse to school. You can write these guesses down and then keep score to see what they got right and what they missed. This is a fun activity since it makes children think and sequence. For example, it is good to make them guess, “If you give a mouse a ____, then they might do _____.”

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily Tidwell

    “If You Take a Mouse to School” is a wonderful book. It is about a young boy who decides to bring his mouse to school. However, when he brings his mouse to school he will be asked for his lunchbox. And that is just one of the many things he will ask for…. One of my favorite pages in this book is where the little mouse is playing soccer. In his perspective everything around him is so big. I love how the illustrator, Felicia Bond, incorporated that into the story. Sometimes that’s how kindergarten “If You Take a Mouse to School” is a wonderful book. It is about a young boy who decides to bring his mouse to school. However, when he brings his mouse to school he will be asked for his lunchbox. And that is just one of the many things he will ask for…. One of my favorite pages in this book is where the little mouse is playing soccer. In his perspective everything around him is so big. I love how the illustrator, Felicia Bond, incorporated that into the story. Sometimes that’s how kindergarteners feel on their first day of school. So this story can help show kindergarteners that school can be fun! This book is a good example to teach students about cause and effect or about inferencing. Even for 3rd graders this book can be a good one to refer back to.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reade

    If You Take a Mouse to School is about a mouse wanting to go to school with his friend who is a human. When the mouse gets ready for school, he asks for a lunchbox. The story talks about the mouse and the events that happen as he is at school. The story ends with the mouse wanting a snack which means that he has to be taken to the school to get his lunch box. 3 book topic ideas 1.) This is a good book to start working on students cause and effect writing or identifying cause and effect in stories If You Take a Mouse to School is about a mouse wanting to go to school with his friend who is a human. When the mouse gets ready for school, he asks for a lunchbox. The story talks about the mouse and the events that happen as he is at school. The story ends with the mouse wanting a snack which means that he has to be taken to the school to get his lunch box. 3 book topic ideas 1.) This is a good book to start working on students cause and effect writing or identifying cause and effect in stories. 2.) This book is also a good example of sequencing. Students can start writing sequence of events stories of their own. 3.) Students could also use this to work on their basic counting, they can count the amount of things or people on each page throughout the story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rayeann Hatfield

    I remember reading this book repeatedly when I was younger. I absolutely loved it! I think it would be a fun book to read to younger kids/students. I think they will really enjoy it. I love how all of the events happened in this book. Letting you wonder what was next. In this book everything is connected so, you have to read the book start to finish or you just won’t understand it as well. This book could be used in the classroom to teach students what a plot is, using the book as an example of I remember reading this book repeatedly when I was younger. I absolutely loved it! I think it would be a fun book to read to younger kids/students. I think they will really enjoy it. I love how all of the events happened in this book. Letting you wonder what was next. In this book everything is connected so, you have to read the book start to finish or you just won’t understand it as well. This book could be used in the classroom to teach students what a plot is, using the book as an example of how you would develop a plot. They can see how the book is written in a way that everything they want to happen in their story must be prompted by something, so it is believable. I wonder what would happen if you told the mouse no? I would recommend this book to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jake Delaney

    This book is about the silly events that may take place if you were to bring your fictional mouse with you to school one day. The book goes through the school day of a boy who brought his troublesome mouse with him to school for a day. The book shows what the mouse would do at different parts of the day, for example, during lunch, art, and recess. I enjoy this book because of craziness that comes along with the mouse. The mouse always seems to get himself into trouble, leaving the boy to have to This book is about the silly events that may take place if you were to bring your fictional mouse with you to school one day. The book goes through the school day of a boy who brought his troublesome mouse with him to school for a day. The book shows what the mouse would do at different parts of the day, for example, during lunch, art, and recess. I enjoy this book because of craziness that comes along with the mouse. The mouse always seems to get himself into trouble, leaving the boy to have to clean everything up. The pictures in the book are adorable and colorful too! A book to pair with this one is "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff. A great quote from this book that represents the silliness of it is, "While he's waiting, he'll play a quick game of soccer."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Killen

    This book is great! I love how “you” are a part of the story! For me this made the book more interesting because in a way I was also a character. In this book the mouse wants to go to school. Then all the different things that will happen if you do bring the mouse to school are told. They are told in a very exciting way that makes the story fun for all ages. I would definitely use this book in my classroom. I think this would be a great book to read on the first day of school. This would allow s This book is great! I love how “you” are a part of the story! For me this made the book more interesting because in a way I was also a character. In this book the mouse wants to go to school. Then all the different things that will happen if you do bring the mouse to school are told. They are told in a very exciting way that makes the story fun for all ages. I would definitely use this book in my classroom. I think this would be a great book to read on the first day of school. This would allow students to see how fun reading is from the very beginning of the year. This book could also teach sequencing. Throughout the book one thing leads to other things so it could go with a sequence of events lesson very well!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily Chaffin

    This book tells the story of a mouse that gets to go to school. It goes through all the possibilities of what will happen if you take him to school like you will need to share your lunch box and school supplies. There are other things but I won't spoil the rest. I have mixed feelings about this book. I like it because it is sweet and funny, but at the same time, I don't like it because I really don't feel like there is a point with these books. They are easy to read for young readers, so I guess This book tells the story of a mouse that gets to go to school. It goes through all the possibilities of what will happen if you take him to school like you will need to share your lunch box and school supplies. There are other things but I won't spoil the rest. I have mixed feelings about this book. I like it because it is sweet and funny, but at the same time, I don't like it because I really don't feel like there is a point with these books. They are easy to read for young readers, so I guess that is a good thing. I would use this in my classroom to teach a series of events or even cause and effect. It would be a good way to show that there is a chain reaction to everything.

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