The modern day classic, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, is one of the most beloved children's picture books of recent decades.
I had outgrown picture books by its release, however, as a teenager, I read it to another child.
This book, quite frankly, horrifies me.
For those not familiar with this treasure (and I do not mean that sarcastically - the book is very well done), the story begins with the gifting of a cookie to a mouse.
It continues with the mouse making repeated and continued requests growing more and more outlandish.
As a teenager, I could not believe the cojones on this rodent.
SOMEONE GAVE YOU A GIFT!
Where was the thank you? Where was the graciousness? Where was the rush home to bake cookies to return so as to erase the karmic debt owed to this kind stranger???????
If someone gave me a cookie and I asked for something else, my mom would KILL me.
So rest assured, dear readers, do not fear giving me cookies this holiday season. I will accept them, graciously, no strings attached. :)