Joshua’s Bookshelf!: If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, by Laura Numeroff


[This review is based on the hardcover edition published by the Laura Geringer Books imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in 2008.]

So what’s it about?
“If you give a cat a cupcake, he’ll ask for some sprinkles to go with it.” So begins this silly story of cause and effect that finds the cat and his owner at the beach, in karate class, and at the zoo, just to name a few places. How does putting sprinkles on a cupcake connect with a visit to the zoo? You’ll have to read it to find out!

What did we think of the book?
I was introduced to the original book, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, way back during my teaching years and fell in love. I was determined to show that book and its many later incarnations to my children when I had them and hoped they would like the stories and equally silly and beautiful illustrations as much as I did. We had a rainy day a few days ago and Joshua pulled this book off the shelf and asked to read it, and he enjoyed it so much that we had to walk to our library during a break in the rain to borrow all the others! Joshua loved pointing out all the different things that the cat wanted to do, regardless of the fact that cats can’t really do these things (it is a work of fiction, after all!). He laughed at the cat doing karate and riding the carousel, and pointed out the many things the cat picked up on the beach. After we finished reading the story, Joshua even attempted retelling it to me — that was a first!

Plus it gives us an excuse to go and make some cupcakes. Can’t complain about that 🙂

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake is already on the shelf, where it will be staying until the end of time. We love this book so, so, so very much!! Now to convince The Hubby to let me order all the other If You Give… books so Joshua has the complete set…

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