A Kiss Like This

Overview

What better gift for a new baby? The creator of I Kissed the Baby! celebrates animal moms and babies in an irresistible novelty book.

A giraffe kiss is very tall — just turn the page and see! Elephant kisses are long, of course, while tiny mice and bubbly fish have kisses all their own. Using a clever split-page format that makes for charming surprises, author-illustrator Mary Murphy shares a series of animal kisses that are sure to have babies and toddlers gurgling, giggling, ...

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Overview

What better gift for a new baby? The creator of I Kissed the Baby! celebrates animal moms and babies in an irresistible novelty book.

A giraffe kiss is very tall — just turn the page and see! Elephant kisses are long, of course, while tiny mice and bubbly fish have kisses all their own. Using a clever split-page format that makes for charming surprises, author-illustrator Mary Murphy shares a series of animal kisses that are sure to have babies and toddlers gurgling, giggling, smiling, and leaning over for their kisses, too.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Chirpy adjectives and large flaps describe and reveal the ways that different animals kiss. In one scene, a large fish greets a little one: “A fish kiss is fizzy and bubbly... like this!” A flip of the flap unites the two fish in an aquatic kiss. Elsewhere, two smiling bees meet for a midair smooch (“A bee kiss is fuzzy and buzzy... like this!”), and when owls kiss, it’s “tu-wit, tu-wooty.” The chunky, childlike animals stand out against the predominantly white pages, while the flaps and sound effects contribute to a lively interactive experience. Ages 2–4. (Dec.)
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Sure to inspire lots of cuddles and lip smacks.
—Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—This is an adorable compilation of animal parents and babies kissing, among them giraffes, mice, fish, even bees: "A bee kiss is fuzzy and buzzy…." Of course it is! The descriptions of the kisses will have kids giggling with delight: "An elephant kiss is long and toot-tooty…," and the lift-the-flap layout and bright colors will appeal to young hands and eyes. A great Valentine's Day read-aloud or everyday lap read.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Murphy (Utterly Lovely One, 2011) produces another bright slip of a title just right for the youngest toddlers. With a Valentine-ready cover in red, pink and white and amusing split-page flaps revealing a silly series of animal kisses, this book will be a popular gift for little ones. Each spread features a vibrantly hued child/parent pair of creatures, including giraffes, mice, fish, bees, elephants, owls and bunnies. The black, smudgy hand-lettered text describes the different kinds of kisses: "gentle and tall," "fuzzy and buzzy" and "long and toot-tooty." Each phrase ends with an ellipsis prompting readers to flip the half page to reveal "like this!" and an eyes-closed buss. By the book's end, all the pairs are busy smooching. "My, oh my--look! Everybody's kissing! / Now there's only one kiss missing…. // Your kiss! / Like this!" Slim? Fleeting? Predictable? Yes, but the youngest listeners won't mind. Sure to inspire lots of cuddles and lip smacks. (Picture book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763661823
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 411,952
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Murphy is the author-illustrator of I Kissed the Baby! as well as Utterly Lovely One, Panda Foo and the New Friend, and How Kind! She lives in Galway, Ireland.
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