The Best Kind of Kiss

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A little girl likes all kinds of kisses, including a fluffy kiss from a cat and a fluttery kiss from a butterfly. And she gets a smelly-yelly brother kiss. But her favorite kiss of all is a bristly, growly, daddy kiss. Full of whimsy and charm, readers will agree: this is the best kind of book.

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Overview

A little girl likes all kinds of kisses, including a fluffy kiss from a cat and a fluttery kiss from a butterfly. And she gets a smelly-yelly brother kiss. But her favorite kiss of all is a bristly, growly, daddy kiss. Full of whimsy and charm, readers will agree: this is the best kind of book.

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Publishers Weekly
Standing on a soapbox, the winsome narrator declares, “I like kisses.” That’s an understatement, considering the pages that follow find her requesting kisses from King Kong (“big kisses”), a chicken (“pecky kisses”), a lion (“fluffy kisses”), and a best friend after they’ve dumped bowls of food on each other’s head (“sorry kisses”). Allum’s text is fairly restrained, considering the subject matter, which allows Bentley (Have You Seen Duck?) to flex his sweetly loopy imagination and invent a heroine who is an indomitable icon of kissing. Her tiny body has a comic grace as she perches on a tree branch, balances on a ladder, or sits atop a snowman to offer the falling flakes “a frosty kiss.” (Oh, and that “best” kiss? It’s a “great big bristly-growly-daddy kiss!”) The girl’s oversize head, topped with a big bow, is often tilted at an angle of loving supplication; she wears a perpetual pucker, and her eyes are almost always closed to convey blissful anticipation. It’s hard to believe there’s anyone else in the world who likes kisses half as much—which, of course, is the whole point. Ages 3–6. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802722744
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 672,703
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MARGARET ALLUM worked as an editor in London before moving to Australia, where she published her first children's book, How Many Peas in a Pod. The Best Kind of Kiss is her first book published in the United States.

JONATHAN BENTLEY has been a newspaper illustrator for ten years and has illustrated several books for children. Jonathan likes to work with a range of materials, including acrylics, oils, and line and watercolor, and he looks forward to the day when he has a big, barn-like studio somewhere in the countryside.

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