What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  




     Home  >  Articles  > 
by Judy Antell


Felicia Bond is a modern-day Beatrix Potter, known for her appealing illustrations of animals. The Bronxville native’s success in the world of children’s book began 20 years ago, when she illustrated If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The If You Give books are perennial best-sellers, and Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury (HarperCollins, $24.95) is her latest accomplishment.

Bond says she never thought about the books becoming so popular. In fact, she had just quit a job as an art director in New York, and had moved from the city, when she was asked to illustrate Laura Numeroff’s story idea. The two collaborate in a way that sounds surprisingly non-collaborative, though it’s the norm in picture books; Numeroff writes the books, and sends them on to Bond for illustration. They work entirely separately, and in fact rarely see each other, though they have “worked together” for two decades. Bonds admits she found the immediate success of Mouse “overwhelming”, but gradually grew used to her success.

Since Bond doesn’t have children, she draws on her own childhood, as one of seven kids, to convey the books’ sense of fun. And she uses real-life friends as models for her characters: a former boyfriend is Mouse, and she is the girl in Pig. In one of the books she wrote and illustrated by herself, Poinsettia and Her Family, the title character (also a pig) has six siblings.

Though Bond creates a ‘back story’ for the characters to aid her artistic process (Treasury includes mouse’s home, which never appears in the stories), she says she has never ascribed names to the characters; they are simply, Mouse, Pig and Moose.

One of Bond’s favorite books as a child was the relatively obscure Candy Floss, by Rumer Godden. She also loved the “painterly, expressive Madeline books, and the graphics of Goodnight Moon.”

The new Mouse Cookies & More has the complete books of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, and If You Take a Mouse to School. It also includes related recipes, songs, and a CD with the books read by actors.

Did you find this helpful?

Get more useful parenting info weekly
Sign-up for newsletter

More Articles

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Sponsors

Factor Tree (The)
419 Lafayette St., Fl 2
New York, NY
Factor Tree is an online tool for helping children...
Foundations For Success

Alliance Francaise of Greenwich
299 Greenwich Ave., 2nd Fl.
Greenwich, CT
Founded in 1918 as a non-profit organization, the ...

Language Workshop for Children
The Language Workshop for Children is the oldest a...

Eastern Jungle Gym
30 Commerce Dr.
Carmel, New York
We have been?Creating Childhood Memories? for 21 y...
See Our Directory

local zones


Nassau cont.


Suffolk cont.


Westchester cont.



Rockland cont.


Queens cont.


Brooklyn cont.


Copyright 2015 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE