Review of “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”

I remember enjoying listening to my parents reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie when I was young. So I bought several of the “If you give…” books by Laura Numeroff sight unseen. I was quite disappointed when I began reading them to my own kids.

I will admit that my little ones were instantly captivated by these books. Something about the short phrases on each page, the simple, sequential story, or the animals’ antics amuses children. However, I reluctantly had to conclude most of this series needed to disappear in the night from our bookshelf.

The original If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is tolerable in my opinion (though not handsome enough to be a favorite for me). The illustrations are not as realistic and beautiful as I might ask in an ideal world, but do have a certain cuteness. The story line is actually helpful in explaining sequences and causes to very little children. And I appreciate how the little boy tries so hard to clean up after the mouse throughout the story. Of course, the deeper theme about desire following desire in a cyclical fashion is way over the intended audience’s head.

I could nitpick about Numeroff’s later books. For example, the illustrations move from cute and calm to sometimes frantic, as in If You Give a Cat a Cupcake Also, does it bother anyone else how though cookies and milk is an American combination, apple juice and donuts just don’t really go together?

But the book that I really take exception to is If You Give a Moose a Muffin.

Look at this moose.

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Observe the sweater. (Or is it a bolero?) Take note of the daisy.

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Notice the stance. This is a moose who carries a clutch purse. This moose is … a girl, right?

But no. “If you give a moose a muffin, HE’LL want some jam to go with it.” (My italics)

So, we have a male moose wearing a girly sweater with a daisy in the pocket, standing like a girl, carrying a clutch. Am I the only one who prefers my milk and cookies, or muffins and jam, unaccompanied by a homosexual or transgender normalizing agenda?

This book did not find a home on our bookshelf.

3 thoughts on “Review of “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”

  1. So, if your little boy decided he likes flowers, and wants a little bag to hold stuff in, what would you tell him? I am honestly curious, as one of my sons loves the color pink, yet pink is traditionally considered a feminine color.

    1. I would give a little boy a backpack or tote bag, not a clutch purse.
      Flowers are beautiful and reflect God’s beauty, and I think it’s great if boys can see that! But men do not typically walk around in sweaters with daisies on them.
      I don’t think I am qualified to answer about a boy liking pink. Too many variables. Is he color blind? Does he just think it’s pretty in flowers or does he want to dress primarily in pink? Might be a better question for a counselor you trust if you are concerned.

      1. Z A

        I watched the show today for the first time. Something seemed off about the moose. I heard a man’s voice and then noticed the cartoon character had very feminine attributes.
        – carried a purse
        – walked on the tips of its hooves, like hi heels.
        – had a stance and walk like women

        The liberal normalization agenda portrayed here is striking.

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