KISS, KISS by Jennifer  Couëlle


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Age Range: 2 - 6
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A rhyming celebration of kisses of all kinds.

Kisses can do so much: from sending love and healing boo-boos to saying hello and goodbye and good morning and good night. And then there are the kinds of kisses: wet ones, big ones, pecks, slurpy ones, and the ones that leave lipstick marks behind. “When grownups kiss it may look sappy. / Well, they’re in love—and very happy.” While Couëlle’s verse changes rhythm and rhyming pattern on a whim (and not all of it rhymes), this matches the flighty topic of love and kisses (and also may reflect the fact that this is a translation of Le bisou from the French). And Laplante’s simple illustrations, which appear to be digital, are similarly whimsical, more rough sketches with color that often extends beyond its lines. A full range of relationships are represented here—parents, grandparents, couples, friends are all happily smooching. And people are not the only kissers in these pictures: fish and birds kiss, and a baby shares kisses with a dog.

“Because a day without kissing / has something missing.” (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Dec. 10th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-9274-8586-6
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Pajama Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2015


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