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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Described as a "circular tale",  illustrating a slippery slope , it is Numeroff and Bond's first collaboration in what came to be the If You Give A boy gives a cookie to a mouse. The mouse asks for a glass of milk. He then requests a straw to drink the milk , a mirror to avoid a milk mustache , nail scissors to trim his hair in the mirror , and a broom to sweep up his hair trimmings. Next he wants to take a nap, have a story read to him, draw a picture, and hang the drawing on the refrigerator. Looking at the refrigerator makes him thirsty, so the mouse asks for a glass of milk.
A look back at the beloved children's picture book that came into our lives 30 years ago. We are Generation Notification, raised on increasingly faster Internet speeds and continually improved video game graphics, movie CGI, and television twists. As we reached puberty alongside digital culture, it became only natural that millennials learned to keep asking more from a world that seemed to have no problem giving. If you give us an Apple Pencil, we demand an Apple Eraser! We ask for the axe to fall, and then we basically ask for another axe to replace it posthaste.
This story describes a set of events that occurs after a boy gives a mouse a cookie. Once the mouse is given the cookie, he asks for a glass of milk, which ends up leading to a series of additional requests. Each event that occurs makes the mouse want something new, creating a seemingly endless stream of demands. In the end, the mouse asks for another glass of milk, which makes him want another cookie. The reader is left with the impression that the mouse is going to go through this loop again.
The books we give our children to read often reveal as much about our own concerns and obsessions as about theirs. It's a story about charity and self-reliance first published 30 years ago, when the welfare system was at the top of the national agenda. The story takes the form of an ironic warning about the consequences of altruism. Its facetious, nonsensical plot describes a mouse who becomes reliant on a boy to answer his needs. If you give a mouse a cookie, the book explains, then he'll ask you for a glass of milk, and then a straw, and then a napkin — beginning a cycle of requests that doesn't end even when the book does.