How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?

Overview

"How many kisses do you want tonight?" the animals ask, snuggling critters tight. This adorable counting bedtime book celebrates the special ritual of goodnight kisses. Children and baby animals request from one to a million kisses from their parents when they settle in for the night. The simple, rhyming text makes for a perfect read aloud.

When animal and human parents lovingly ask their offspring how many kisses each wants at bedtime, the answers start at the number one and end at a million.

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Overview

"How many kisses do you want tonight?" the animals ask, snuggling critters tight. This adorable counting bedtime book celebrates the special ritual of goodnight kisses. Children and baby animals request from one to a million kisses from their parents when they settle in for the night. The simple, rhyming text makes for a perfect read aloud.

When animal and human parents lovingly ask their offspring how many kisses each wants at bedtime, the answers start at the number one and end at a million.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Debut author Bajaj celebrates a bedtime ritual set in the animal world-with each succeeding species asking for one more goodnight kiss than its predecessor. The first stop is a bear's den bathed in golden light. Here, as in the other watercolor spreads, Bates (Just You and Me) places readers in the thick of the action. A cub gleefully snuggles against his supersize ursine father. " `How many kisses do you want tonight?'/ Daddy Bear growls, cuddling Little Bear tight./ `I want one,' laughs Little Bear,/ `A big, loud kiss on my soft, brown hair.' " A few habitats later, readers find themselves at the edge of a filmy spider web that's strung between two branches against a starry sky. " `I want eight,' he [the spider offspring] says with a giggle,/ `One on each leg-I'll try not to wiggle.' " Bates portrays animals as expressive as any human parent and child. But he also balances this anthropomorphism with authentic details of character and environment. In the spider spread, for instance, he articulates the hair on the insects' legs and other distinctive markings; rather than make the web tidy and symmetrical, he renders it as a roughhewn structure and emphasizes the industry and craftsmanship behind it. The animal portraits are so vibrant that when the book does visit the human world in the final two spreads, the familiarity of the characters is almost a letdown. But that's a minor quibble in a book that deserves a hearty embrace. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Here is a book whose title asks a great question. Brilliantly, the author places kissing in the context of counting and rhyming your way to a peaceful sleep. "How many kisses do you want tonight?"/Daddy Bear growls, cuddling Little Bear tight?/I want ONE," laughs Little Bear,/"A big, loud kiss on my soft, brown hair." And so the book goes, as a host of comforting mom and dad animals repeat this lovely question and get a delighted response from their offspring. This book gives all the comforts young children seek: a refrain, rhythm and rhyme, animals to identify, counting. It varies from mommies to daddies and ends on a high note when a daddy asks "How many kisses do you want, princess pink?" This book may inspire some kissing! 2004, Little Brown, Ages 1 to 3.
—Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
PreS-Another delightful bedtime story in the vein of Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995). A succession of animal moms and dads asks their babies how many kisses they want, and the youngsters' responses count upward from Little Bear's one kiss on his "soft, brown hair" to Little Bunny's 10 kisses on his "floppy ears and- eyes." A little girl and boy round out the tale, asking for a hundred and a million smooches, respectively. The rhyming text maintains a gentle flow, but the real attraction here is the beautiful watercolor and colored-pencil artwork, which is full of vibrant, night-hued colors that bring the animals and their expressions to life. This book is sure to be an instant sleepy-time favorite.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Animal and human babies get smoochies in a saccharine, but snuggly, tucking-in rhyme. "How many kisses do you want tonight?" asks each animal parent as it cuddles with its baby. Little Bear asks for one, Little Duck asks for two, Little Cat for three, and so on. Little Girl "princess pink" asks her daddy for a hundred kisses, and Little Boy "brave knight" asks his mommy for a million. Sweet, softly colored watercolors set off each loving pair of parent and child in cozy bedtime scenes. Even giggly Little Spider (who gets eight kisses, one for each leg) is awfully lovable. Cutesy, but a good bedtime story. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316823814
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 974,992
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Varsha Baja's two kids were the inspiration for this story. This is her first children's book.

Ivan Bates has illustrated numerous children's books, including the best-selling Just You and Me by Sam McBratney.
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Table of Contents

As nighttime falls, each precious, little animal nestles into its own cozy place and waits for good-night kisses. The parents ask, "How many kisses do you want tonight?" while the baby animals playfully respond with the number required to get them to settle down and drift off to sleep. From one to ten (and then some!), these tender kisses are part of a warm and reassuring bedtime ritual for animals and people alike.
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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Sweet book

    We are always looking for bed time books and this one is beautifully illustrated and well written. Teaches about baby animal names and introduces new words to children. Our preschool daughter enjoys pointing out the animals by name and adding animal sounds as we read along. The vibrant colors and soft drawings are sweet. The concept of counting and numbers are also included which makes the book slightly educational without the kids realizing it! A favorite of the kids as well as my husband and me. It ends with a little boy and a little girl getting good night kisses and shows both parents being involved in the night time routine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Great for Grandchildren

    I bought this book as a birthday gift and to read to my two year old grandson. He just loves it. It's the book I read to him every time I visit. The best part is getting to spend one-on-one time with him and I get lots of kisses in payment. The illustrations are fun and keep him engaged. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read to small children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    the cutest book ever

    Our daughter loves the book and getting all those kisses too :-) We read it over and over, not only before bedtime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Very Sweet

    My kids have a lot of books but this is one of their favorites and mine too. It's just a simple little count to ten story of how many kisses baby wants. The last two pages are for one hundred kisses and one million kisses. The baby says where they want there kisses as well. I got this a few weeks ago. I think we have read it together almost one hundred times already. As we read each page, my two little ones want me to kiss them just like in the story. It's a nice big book and the pictures are very colorful. I think it would make a great new baby gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Lots and Lots

    My grandson loves this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Eye catching

    I gave the book to my grandson and it is, by far, one of his new favorite books. He is very interactive with the book. It is great for bedtime to get the last kisses in for the end of day!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    This one is my favorite

    I am currently pregnant and enjoy reading aloud to my baby and this book is just so cute. It's a must have for all little ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    Great bedtime story!

    I received an autographed copy as a baby shower gift from a fellow teacher. I started reading it to my son when he was only 2 months old. He laughs every time I kiss him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2005

    One of our favaorites!

    This is such a cute book, all the animal moms and dads kiss their babies goodnight. My 3 month old loves the story, but the pictures aren't bright enough to catch her attention yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    So cute.

    I read this book at our school library. It is the perfect bed time book. Very cute illustrations and great text.

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