No More Kisses for Bernard!


Bernard loves his aunts, but he hates being kissed by them. It's time to take a stand. "No more kissing!" says Bernard, and he means it. How Bernard's aunts come up with the perfect way to show their affection is comically and warmly told in this brilliant picture book by a master of the genre.
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Bernard loves his aunts, but he hates being kissed by them. It's time to take a stand. "No more kissing!" says Bernard, and he means it. How Bernard's aunts come up with the perfect way to show their affection is comically and warmly told in this brilliant picture book by a master of the genre.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The multitalented Daly (A Song for Jamela) does a commendable job of portraying a house full of love—and way too much physical affection. Visits from Bernard’s four aunts—Lulu, Lola, Lilly, and Tallulah—mean showers of lipsticky kisses and endless lovey-dovey talk: “You’re my sweetums-snookie pookie-wookie!” Aunt Lilly tells Bernard. Somehow, Bernard’s protests go unheard, even when he shuts himself in his room: “ ‘No! No! No!’ yelled Bernard, and hid his lips away.” Not even a knight’s helmet with a visor helps: Aunt Tallulah lifts it and kisses his nose. But she’s also the one who thinks of a solution that respects Bernard’s privacy and wish for no more lipstick-smeared good-byes. It’s a lighthearted yet important declaration of independence about children’s wishes regarding their bodies and their boundaries. Daly has a special gift for instant visual characterization—the four aunts are comically varied in appearance and clothing—and his portrait of a kid who succeeds in getting his family to listen to what he’s saying is a delight. There aren’t many readers who won’t identify powerfully with Bernard. Ages 3–7. (May)
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Praise for Niki Daly:

"Wonderfully expressive illustrations!" — Books for Keeps

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Six-year-old Bernard has a problem with his adoring aunts, Lula, Lola, Lilly, and Tallulah. Every time they visit, they cover him with kisses, driving him bonkers, and are effusive in expressing their love for him. His faithful dachshund mirrors his distress. Bernard repeatedly cries, "No more kisses!" and hides his lips away to show he means it. On his birthday, despite a visor pulled over his face, Aunt Tallulah manages to plant a kiss on his nose. Bernard wails and bursts into tears, and the aunts look too sad for words. A remorseful Tallulah suggests paper kisses, which she draws with her lipstick on pink, heart-shaped paper. Bernard loves them, and soon the other women are making them too. At bedtime, surrounded by his paper kisses, the boy willingly gives his Mama and Papa "a good night-sleep tight Bernard kiss." The bright cartoon illustrations capture four quirky aunts, two supportive parents, and a barefoot, beleaguered boy often in a Spider-Man costume. Hand-lettered phrases ("No more kisses!" among them) are nice additions. This funny tale of over-the-top affection will resonate with many young children. A good choice for storytime and family sharing.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Four squeaky, sticky, sneaky and smoochy aunts are too, too much for birthday boy Bernard. Everyone loves the boy to bits, but the aunts with their uber-affection lead him to open rebellion. Alas, not even donning a Spiderman outfit with helmet and sword saves him on his big day. Aunt Tallulah flips the visor and plants a "fat, smudgy one right on his nose!" Chastised by the other aunts, she apologizes, sort of, by asking for "a little huggles." The saddened aunts do come up with a solution when the aforementioned Tallulah offers a paper kiss, leading to an afternoon of craft activities. Bernard has an artistic bent and is well equipped with glitter and glue. Still, the aunts have not destroyed his sweet nature. At bedtime, he gives his parents "a nice-and-simple / peck-on-the dimple." Veteran author and illustrator Daly uses cartoon-style digital art to illustrate his diverse family assembly and one very appealing dachshund. He also pays homage to modern artists by displaying an interesting assortment of paintings on the white walls. A big, bold type highlights Bernard's objections, while speech bubbles underscore the aunts' exhortations. An amusing look at a childhood dilemma, nicely resolved. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847801050
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Niki Daly has won many awards for his exuberant work. His groundbreaking Not So fast Songololo (1986), winner of a U.S Parent's Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children's books. Since then, he has been published across the globe and has visited and presented talks in several countries. Among his many Frances Lincoln books, Once Upon a Time was an Honor Winner in the US Children's Africana Book Awards of 2004. Jamela's Dress - first in the Jamela series - was another milestone book, chosen by the ALA as a Notable Children's Book and by Booklist as one of the Top 10 African American Picture Books of 2000, and winning both the Children's Literature Choice Award and the Parent's Choice Silver Award. Daly lives with his wife, the illustrator Jude Daly, in Mowbray, a bustling Cape Town suburb.
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Everybody loved Bernard.
His aunts Lulu, Lola, Lilly and Tallulah loved him to bits!
Whenever they visited, they covered poor Bernard from head to toe with...
Squeaky-sweet-hello kisses
lip-sticky-red-and-glow kisses
sneaky-on-the-nose kisses
and smoochy-got-to-go kisses
It drove Bernard Bonkers!
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