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If You Give a Moose a Muffin

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"If you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it..."

If a big hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. If you give him a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it. When he's eaten all your muffins, he'll want to go to the store to get some more muffin mix,

In this hilarious sequel to 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' (1985), the young host is again run ragged by a surprise guest. Young readers will delight in the comic complications that follow when a little boy entertains a gregarious moose.

This book is a great introduction to the 'If You Give...' Series, and also a perennial favorite among children. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale,  'If You Give a Moose a Muffin' (1991)  is perfect for beginning readers and story time. Sure to inspire giggles and requests to "read it again!".

Here comes another classic from the #1 bestselling team and authors of one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

Age: 4-8+
Edition MSRP: USA $16⁹⁹ / $21⁰⁰ CAN (ISBN 978-0-06-024405-7)
Manufactured in China

32 pages, Hardcover

First published September 30, 1991

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Profile Image for Books Ring Mah Bell.
357 reviews262 followers
January 7, 2009
If you read this to your child, he'll want to read If You Give a Pig a Pancake, and if you read that he'll want to read If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. And if you read that he'll want to read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and chances are, he'll want to read them again.

and again

and again.
Profile Image for Brian Yahn.
310 reviews599 followers
July 12, 2020
If you give someone an inch, they'll take a mile. If You Give a Moose a Muffin, he'll overrun your whole house. It's an interesting take on the dangers of desires, and how easy it is to never be satisfied. As the moose gets his way, the things he wants are more and more far-fetched and make for a super fun adventure.

The story is the sequel to the much better known If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. It seems like in the second version Numeroff did everything better: it's less repetitive and the illustrations are way more fun.
Profile Image for Calista.
4,063 reviews31.3k followers
July 12, 2020
I tell you what, you will have a busy day if you give a moose a muffin. They have lots of ideas of what they want. It becomes important to be able to say NO to a Moose or they will eat all your muffins. I thought this book was very cute. I love the Moose in a sweater, wonderful.

The artwork is fun and full of mischief. The moose has some personality and there is always a mess following him. Backgrounds are mostly blank white and I don't care for that as much. I think I would say this is sort of one of those comedy of errors.

A great silly beginning book. I love it.
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29 reviews1 follower
December 22, 2008
This is American literature at it's best.
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3,021 reviews
August 11, 2020
Circular story that will delight young children as the moose gets a muffin which brings about numerous cause and effect events leading back to him wanting a muffin again. Wonderful illustrations.
49 reviews
December 9, 2014
In this hilarious sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the young host is again run ragged by a surprise guest. Young readers will delight in the comic complications that follow when a little boy entertains a gregarious moose. Laura Joffe Numeroff does an amazing job at giving us all the perspectives and using amazing language and imagery. The illustrations really bring the story to life. This story always makes me smile and laugh.
Profile Image for Gina.
300 reviews10 followers
February 23, 2020
This is probably my favorite of this series - the moose is just too cute!
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25 reviews
October 9, 2015
I love children's book authors. Not constrained by demands for realism, they are presented with opportunities to venture into interesting creative spaces, and a few of them produce true gems as a result. If You Give a Moose a Muffin is a perfect example. The concept is simple and a tad ridiculous. Moose (plural) love muffins. But there is inherent danger in feeding a wild animal: if you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it. Once you handed over the jam, though, he has a new demand, and so on, and so on, ad infinitum.

These stories are a child's introduction to the absurd, and they're great fun. The illustrations are fabulous, whimsical, and colorful. They really bring out the characters of the moose and little boy, and have wonderful little touches and details hidden throughout.

I always enjoyed this book when I was very young, and I'm sure I could enjoy it just as much today. It's a top notch "learn to read" piece, and one that I will definitely be sharing with my children one day.
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116 reviews
April 6, 2011
When I first read this book when I was younger I did not see the thrill in this book. There was no plot, no climax, and a poor setting but after I used this book for a supported reading project I grew to understand the importance of this book. For my supported reading project I used this book for the cause and effect aspect and after the students heard the read aloud they wrote down their favorite cause and effect moment on a notecard. Prior to the lesson I had made many different cause and effect notecards and the students played a simple game like memory with the cards. The students really enjoyed the game and I got a whole new respect for Laura Numeroff books.
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2,683 reviews6 followers
July 22, 2020
Mmmm homemade raspberry jam.

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2,595 reviews64 followers
October 6, 2014
Silly, wonderful book. My grandsons , ages 3 & 5 wanted to read it again and again. I have to get them the others in the series.
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860 reviews
August 14, 2015
It is fun and delightful and a great book to give to my granddaughter, Clara.
Profile Image for Erin Lynn.
336 reviews79 followers
January 17, 2016
A re-read for me (because this one was a huge part of my childhood), but a great one! I loved reading this one to the little kiddos that I babysit. :)
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880 reviews90 followers
August 22, 2022
Adorable and funny, these books are simplistic yet endearing
Profile Image for Josiah.
3,220 reviews146 followers
July 12, 2020
Essentially identical in style to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, this companion volume written by Laura Joffe Numeroff has the same basic points of charm to it that the previous book had. It's funny to see how such an "ordinary" action as offering a muffin to a hungry moose can trip so many little effects that cause the moose to bounce from one activity to the next, never quite finishing any of them, until at last the moose's forays lead him all the way back around to the beginning again, asking for a muffin and some blackberry jam.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin functions well as an early reader, providing a smooth story that's not too long to keep the attention of its target age group.
Profile Image for Mark Baker.
2,097 reviews157 followers
March 15, 2015
When you spot a moose outside your window, you might be tempted to offer it a muffin. But what is a muffin without jam? And what might the moose want to do next?

As with all the charming books from this pair, the story is wild and yet plenty of fun. As the connections are made, they actually do make sense even if the end results is wild. There is plenty of humor along the way both from those connections and the wonderful illustrations.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Profile Image for Moore, Maureen.
70 reviews
March 4, 2018
The book “If You Give A Moose A Muffin��� by Laura Numeroff is classified as juvenile fiction; targeting ages 3 to 7. This book is a good selection for teaching about chain reaction and/or cause-and-effect; also its a humorous sequel in the “If You Give… picture book series. The story has vocabulary enrichment for emergent readers; the illustrations are colorful and simple; the story is lighthearted and fun.
21 reviews
October 14, 2015
It was about moose that smelled muffins he was out side the house of a little kid, so the kid gave him a muffin, the moose went inside the house, the moose wanted some jam with the muffin. I liked this book because it was fun to read it how asks many thing that he wants. I will recommend this book to my little cousin because he likes books that have to be with animals.
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38 reviews1 follower
November 15, 2018
i like how it gos in a lope wef the moose the muffin and the jame
and its a fun book.
Profile Image for Kathy.
2,289 reviews35 followers
November 6, 2019
Another of the kiddies favorite bedtime stories!
50 reviews
April 27, 2019
I gave this book a rating of 4 stars because this book is one of my favorites. This book can really entertain young readers, as it is pretty funny. They get to see a kid like themselves and a moose go through some complications when the moose is very needy and wants everything. This book is yet another good book to read to children when they need a break from their work. This book is silly and a crowd pleaser.

This book is about a boy and a moose. The moose is outside of a boys house and asks for a muffin, when you give him the muffin he will want some jam to go with it. It just continues to state what the moose wants next. There are some messes and complications in this book, but it ends just how it stars, he sees the blackberries and thinks of the jam. This then reminds him that he will want a muffin to go with it.
January 22, 2023
For this book I am going to use the text-to-teaching connection. I feel that this is such a fun book for young children and there are a lot of fun/silly activities you can do with your students. This book is perfect for planning a sequencing activity. You could have students cut out pictures that represent each event and have the kids glue them in the correct order. Another thing that you could do (depending on the resources you have available wherever you teach) is a muffin baking activity. Baking is another hands-on activity that requires things be done in sequential order and the students can reap their benefits with yummy muffins!
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701 reviews4 followers
February 26, 2021
This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and it's still cute, even now. It's fun to watch how distracted the mind can get, and how sometimes things end up going in a full circle. The art is good as well.
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