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Counting Kisses

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This Karen Katz favorite is now available as a part of an adorable gift set that both babies and parents are sure to love! From ten little kisses on teeny, tiny toes to one last kiss on Baby's sleepy, dreamy head, this concept board book counts down from ten as each kiss helps lull Baby to sleep. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any day of the year, babies will love playing with the brightly patterned kitty cat rattle while this story is read ...

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Overview

This Karen Katz favorite is now available as a part of an adorable gift set that both babies and parents are sure to love! From ten little kisses on teeny, tiny toes to one last kiss on Baby's sleepy, dreamy head, this concept board book counts down from ten as each kiss helps lull Baby to sleep. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any day of the year, babies will love playing with the brightly patterned kitty cat rattle while this story is read aloud.

This 4.5 X 5.375 board book and kitty-cat rattle comes packaged in a sturdy vinyl bag with header card and slip sheet.

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Editorial Reviews

Leonard Marcus
A youngster gets a memorable bedtime send-off with Grandma, Dad, and even the family cat teaming up to provide old-fashioned tender loving care just when he needs it most. This endearing read-aloud, with bright, pattern-filled art and a countdown of kisses from ten to one, gently invites preschoolers to practice their numbers.
Parenting
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With buoyant cartoons rendered in a bouquet of vibrant pastel tones, Katz (Over the Moon) creates a book as irresistible as a baby's smile. At first, however, the baby in the story is anything but smiling; that's why her family tries to woo her into sleep with a countdown of kisses on every darling part of her body. Mommy starts things rolling with "ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes," and "nine laughing kisses on busy, wriggly feet." Each full-bleed, densely colored vignette that follows depicts an ecstatic baby being coddled and cuddled in a new way: Grandma holds her high in the air to give her belly button seven "loud kisses," and the dog licks her six times while she's on the changing table. By the time the final kiss is delivered on her "sleepy, dreamy head," the baby is utterly beatific--and fast asleep. Everything about this book says "snuggle": Katz's use of flattened perspectives, mixed media and an array of polka-dot, flower and heart patterns ensure that every picture exudes all the warmth of a lovingly stitched crazy quilt. The text should induce readers to launch a kiss-off of their own. Ages 1-5. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Here is an adorable book that would make a thoughtful gift for new parents or new grandparents. Although Baby may be crying as the story begins, there is a sense of peace and joy throughout. The precious little round-faced baby is tired, so Mommy dries those tears with kisses. First there are "ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes." Daddy, Sister, Grandma and even the cat and the dog kiss Baby as the countdown proceeds. The descriptions are apt, as when the dog gives "six tickly kisses on baby's dimpled chin" and the cat licks "three fuzzy kisses on sweet little ears." Finally Mommy gives one kiss on a "sleepy, dreamy head" and then, of course, it's time for bed. Every person and creature pictured is appealing and the story captures the feeling of the unconditional love that family members feel for a new baby. The author is a collector of folk art and that influence is clearly shown in this "kiss and read" book. 2001, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, $14.00. Ages 1 to 5. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-How many kisses does it take to say goodnight? A fussy baby receives "ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes/nine laughing kisses on busy, wriggly feet/eight squishy kisses on chubby, yummy knees," and so on down to "one last kiss on your sleepy, dreamy head." Each member of the family takes a turn bestowing kisses on the child: mom, dad, grandma, big sister, and even the dog and cat. Katz uses bold colors and lines to accent the flat, yet expressive illustrations. Heavy use of pink, combined with an array of brightly colored patterns, adds to the tender, happy tone of the story. Collage pieces are seamlessly woven into the gouache and colored-pencil illustrations, and Katz throws in some surprising perspectives, such as the mother kissing the baby's toes shown from the infant's point of view. The final spread, which shows the whole family smiling down at the sleeping child in her crib, epitomizes the loving warmth of this pitch-perfect bedtime story. Though somewhat reminiscent of Molly Bang's Ten, Nine, Eight (Greenwillow, 1983), this delightful book has a charm all its own and will surely become a standard at baby and toddler storytimes.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick

Count down to bedtime with this exuberant tale of a baby gathering kisses ("ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes") from the whole family. Brimming with affection, the cheery, folk-art-inspired illustrations are simply irresistible. Pucker up!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689834707
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Kiss and Read Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 63,576
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.

Biography

From painting and sculpture to quiltmaking and costume design, Karen Katz has been making art in one form or another all her life. But it was not until she and her husband adopted a baby from Guatemala that she considered a career in children's books. Published in 1997, her debut picture book, Over the Moon, told the story of one adoptive family's happy beginnings in a country far away. Since then, Katz has gone on to create many award-winning picture, board, and novelty books that capture the joys of childhood in simple storylines, vibrant colors, and winsome illustrations. Some include count-down elements (Counting Kisses, Ten Tiny Tickles) or interactive features (Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, Peek-A-Baby); still others introduce holiday traditions (My First Kwanzaa, My First Chinese New Year) or reinforce good habits, manners, or behavior (Excuse Me!, No Biting!, I Can Share).

Perhaps the secret to Katz's success (besides the undeniable appeal of her signature round-headed babies!) can be summed up in this quote taken directly from the author/artist's website: "When an idea for a story pops into my head, I ask these questions: Will a child want to read this book? Will parents want to read this book with their children? Will this book make a child laugh? Will this book make a parent and child feel something? Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest? Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book? If the answer to any of those questions is 'yes,' then I know I'm on the right track."

Good To Know

Katz explains the difference between designing picture books and board books in this way:
Picture books usually have more words in them but they tell more of a narrative story. Board books are usually simpler. They are generally 6 spreads and are about one concept. When I create a board book, I try to make something that is very interactive for the baby, with flaps and pull tabs and lots of surprises. Board books are a perfect size for a baby's hand to hold and touch. Babies can have an experience all by them selves with a good board book and can also have a good lap-time experience with a mommy or daddy or caregiver. Picture books take a little more care since the pages can rip. With a board book, you can throw it in a stroller, chew on the corners and even wipe off mashed peas.

Katz has received numerous awards for her work, including:

  • Smithsonian, People, and Parent Guide magazines Best Books designation, all 1997, all for Over the Moon
  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award nomination, Florida Reading Association Award nomination, and Child magazine Best Book designation, all 2000, all for The Colors of Us
  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award, and Child magazine Best Book designation, both 2001, and Bank Street School Books Committee Best Book designation, 2002, all for Counting Kisses
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2002, for Counting Kisses and Twelve Hats for Lena.
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      1. Education:
        Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture
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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 18, 2011

      Great book

      This is such a fun sweet book. I love Karen Katz's illustrations. This is a great story to act out as you read.

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    • Posted February 20, 2010

      Fun Baby Gift!

      I like to give this colorful baby book for gifts to new parents. It is simple and fun!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 5, 2009

      very cute!

      Love these board books - we have a lot of fun with them. very sturdy and easy for little hands to grab.

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    • Posted September 20, 2009

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      Excellent addition to first books collection.

      At a recent baby shower, attendees were asked to give a signed child's book instead of a card. I selected this excellent book. Very engaging and early age appropriate....and who doesn't want more "baby kisses"?

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    • Posted September 15, 2009

      Nice book to read to young children

      I liked the book but my two year old grandson was not really into the book. I think it is a great book for a younger chid. Although he is
      big on giving kisses this book did not seem to interest him. I am adding
      the book to my children's book library for future gradchildren. Hopefully
      younger ones will like it. Not sorry that I purchased it.

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    • Posted September 12, 2009

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      Counting Kisses: another hit

      My grandchildren and I love all of Karen Katz's books, this one especially. The pages are sturdy enough to read and re-read over and over again.

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    • Posted September 1, 2009

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      It's Got It All

      Imagine, a book about receiving mommie's kisses, a counting book, a bedtime story, and adorable illustrations. Guess what? It's all in one book! Just precious. A must for the home book collection from a very well-known author.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 21, 2009

      Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

      I bought this book for my 2-year-old granddaughter. She loves this book and giggles every time she gets kisses. This book is a favorite and gets read over and over.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 13, 2008

      A great book for interacting with your child!

      We bought this for our daughter when she was six months and she giggled throughout the book. Now she is 16 months and she brings us the book and sits down just waiting for her kisses. It helps them learn the parts of the body and you don't have to chase them down for kisses ... believe me ... they expect them and love every minute of it!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 19, 2007

      Love it!

      This is a great book! It's simple, sweet, thoughtful and loving. A great way to share some quality story time!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 29, 2007

      A great book!

      I've read this book many a time to my now toddler and will read it to our second baby girl when she is older.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 21, 2005

      Soooooo Sweet

      Comes highly recommended. I starting reading this to my little one at about 13 months. She loves the fact she gets so many kisses as a result of our bed time reading ritual..

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 10, 2005

      Great Book!!!!!

      I purchased this book to help my 2 year old learn how to count. WELL, not only has it helped her with her numbers, but it has helped her learn her body parts and where they are. Like 10 tiny toes... she new she had toes, but not 10 of them!! I read it to her only 4 times, and she remembered what body part was coming up before I said it!! How amazing is that. This is one of her new favorites, we will probably have to buy a second copy because she takes it everywhere we go.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 23, 2002

      Loving and Cute!

      We checked this book out from the library. During the time we had the book we had to read it at least twice a day, every single day. My husband would read it while I kissed our daughter through the pages....then my turn to read and he would kiss her through the pages. She got a big thrill out of the attention and counting together. I have never recommended a book before, but this one is GREAT! It will be a Christmas gift for our daughter.....if I can wait till then.

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