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If You Give a Moose a Muffin (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

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Title:If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Authors:Laura Numeroff
Other authors:Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1991), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:easy, K-3

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If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff (1991)

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    Knots by R. D. Laing (raizel)
    raizel: Similar logical difficulties and vicious circles at a different level of sophistication. If you give a moose a muffin, he needs lots of stuff including a muffin which requires the same lots of stuff ad nauseum. In Knots, your behavior is based on your world view and you world view is based on your behavior and changing either one is difficult.… (more)

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I like how this book captured children's attention with the writing and illustrations on the same pages. I would totally use this book for a fall/winter lesson plan or use for a moose unit.
  lannersvalerie | Sep 25, 2014 |
I liked the book, “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” mainly because it is a silly story you can read to young children to give them a good laugh. I read this book to a first grader I nanny and she could not stop laughing! The plot in this story is comical to children and all over the place—in a funny way. Specifically, the moose starts out wanting a muffin and some jam to go with it. Somehow, along the way, the moose ends up wanting to make sock puppets and continuing to want to be a ghost for Halloween. The plot is predictable in that the moose keeps asking for more, but keeps children on the edge about what he wants next. The writing of this story, too, is engaging, making it easy to follow along. The writing flows from one need to the next, creating a way for children to predict what the moose wants next. I don’t think there is a big message here, just a fun, silly book for children to enjoy reading. ( )
  Ebutzn1 | Sep 11, 2014 |
Summary: This is a comical book about a hungry moose, who visits a boy at his house that offers to give the moose a muffin. The boy’s mother makes homemade jam, so the hungry moose asks for some jam to go with the muffin. Although, the moose ends up eating all the muffins, so they boy and the moose go to the store to get more muffin mix. The boy is in a rut, because the moose constantly asks for things, such as a sweater because “when he opens the door” at the grocery store, he “feels how chilly it is.” The story ends with the line “seeing the blackberries will remind him of jam, he’ll probably ask for some, and chances are..if you give him some jam, he’ll want a muffin to go with it.”

This is one of the first funny picture books I have analyzed for the LibraryThing, and I really enjoyed reading the easy-to-follow large text. I like the part when the hungry moose and the young boy go to the grocery store for muffin mix, and the needy moose asks for a sweater because he is cold. I think this is funny, because why would he be so cold since he is covered in fur, and should be used to colder weather? The illustration that went along with this was very detailed, where the illustrator has the moose struggling trying to put a sweater over his head. I believe the funny aspects of this book would keep the kids engaged. The central message of this book is that animals, especially moose, are always hungry for more muffins. ( )
  mkaray1 | Sep 6, 2014 |
  miezetatze | Jun 28, 2014 |
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I love this story for several reasons. The language is descriptive and patterned. Every time the moose starts an activity, he thinks of something else he wants to do. An example of this is, “When he opens the door and feels how chilly it is, he’ll ask to borrow a sweater. When he puts the sweater on, he’ll notice one of the buttons is loose. He’ll ask for a needle and thread.” These cause and effect sequence of events keep the reader engaged in the story because the reader will want to know what the moose does next. The writing is organized and engaging. The moose’s actions transition smoothly into one another, creating a story that flows nicely. The moose is very well developed. He has a lively and animated personality and gets very excited when he thinks of a new activity to do. The moose is full of energy, which sometimes makes it hard for the boy to keep up with him. Many of the activities mentioned in the book are relatable to children, such as eating delicious muffins, putting on a puppet show, and painting. I think the plot is well organized. The moose is constantly being reminded of new activities he wants to do. The boy is kept on his feet during the whole story because the fun activities are always changing. I love that in the end, the moose goes back to wanting a muffin, which is the thing he wanted in the beginning of the story. Evidence of this is located on the last page, which reads, “And chances are…if you give him jam, he’ll want a muffin to go with it.” The illustrations are very colorful and animated. They perfectly depict the moose’s energetic personality. All the activities are drawn as if they are occurring right then and there. You can see the action and motion in the illustrations, which is very engaging for readers. There is not central message in this story. It is simply a fun book that children read for entertainment. The reader can see how all the activities can turn into new activities. ( )
  jgiann2 | Apr 7, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Laura Joffe Numeroffprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bond, FeliciaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Chu, Brian Wei-Rensecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mlawer, TeresaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"If you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it." So begins the most logical silliness to be found anywhere--at least since Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Readers will follow a young boy and his voracious visitor through a series of antlered antics: jam reveries and puppet shows and big messes. It all makes perfect sense, really, once you stop to think about it. What moose wouldn't want to borrow a sweater when it's cold outside? And why shouldn't the loose button on the sweater remind him of his grandmother? Bond's cleverly detailed, witty illustrations perfectly complement Numeroff's deadpan style. Through just a few deft words and brush strokes, the reader gets a real sense of the unique personalities of the two characters. Children will relate easily to the full-circle reasoning of the story, while picking up the concept of cause and effect. The moral of the story? Keep plenty of muffin mix and blackberry jam in your cupboard. You never know who may drop by. (Great read aloud, ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Chaos can ensue if you give a moose a muffin and start him on a cycle of urgent requests.

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