If You Take A Mouse To The Movies, If You Give A Pig A Party, If You Give A Cat A Cupcake, and If You Give A Moose A Muffin

By Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond

If you are looking for an affordable gift for a child this season and live near a Kohl’s, these books give and give. The hardcover books are $5, and the net profit will be donated to children’s health and education initiatives, according to the Kohl’s Cares for Kids blurb on the back of each book.

Two of these books and the $5 plush animals that complement them showed up at our house over the weekend. We do not have a Kohl’s in our town, but there is one near Grandma’s house.

Just before Christmas, Simone and Nadia will exchange one wrapped book with another child at preschool. These books would be perfect for that. Alas, I scoured kohls.com and could not  find the books listed on the site.

For the uninitiated, the If You Give books start with a simple premise and then all sorts of hilarity ensues. You cannot read just one. I guess that is why we have several of them in our library.

Simone and Nadia giggle when we read these books to them, and we often play I Spy with the richly detailed illustrations. There is no pressing lesson to learn in the pages of these books, unless you count having fun.