When, snuggled up in bed, little Lisa raccoon asks Daddy for a kiss, she gets an entire catalogue to choose from: "Do you want . . . a witch's kiss? . . . a butterfly kiss? . . . a grandma kiss? . . . an Eskimo kiss?" Ten Cate (The Very Best Door of All
, 2001) changes the scenery for each of Daddy's options, transforming Lisa's bedroom to a bamboo forest or a circus big top, adding beach toys and party streamers, then bringing it back to its original rumpled coziness when Lisa specifies, "a goodnight
kiss!" Enlightened, Daddy offers such a somniferous buss that Lisa is out before it even lands. Though in itself a bit skimpy for a bedtime read, like Virginia Walter's Hi, Pizza Man!
, illustrated by Ponder Goembel (1995), or, for that matter, Else Minarik's Kiss For Little Bear,
illustrated by Maurice Sendak (1968), this import could easily spark an intimate, giggle-inducing, parent-child bonding ritual. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >