Won't You Be My Kissaroo?

Won't You Be My Kissaroo?

by Joanne Ryder
     
 

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From sticky breakfast kisses to playful “gotcha” kisses to cozy bedtime kisses, each kiss celebrates a happy moment of the day. And when one little lamb’s mama and friends surprise him, all those silly, slippery, snuggly kisses make a special day even more memorable.
    The acclaimed author Joanne Ryder and the talented

Overview

From sticky breakfast kisses to playful “gotcha” kisses to cozy bedtime kisses, each kiss celebrates a happy moment of the day. And when one little lamb’s mama and friends surprise him, all those silly, slippery, snuggly kisses make a special day even more memorable.
    The acclaimed author Joanne Ryder and the talented illustrator Melissa Sweet have together created an exuberant celebration of children and parents—and of all the cherished kissable moments between them.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Tender rhyming couplets, winsome watercolors, and a title that’s the very definition of the proverbial offer you can’t refuse.”—Publishers Weekly

“A feel-good choice for sharing one-on-one or with a group, and a high-quality addition to the kisses-and-hugs collection.”—School Library Journal

Upbeat pencil, watercolor, and collage illustrations catalogue the many kinds of kisses a day brings to loving animal families. Tenderhearted rhymes describe cuddly scenes, from a bear cub's sticky-sweet breakfast smooch to a mama rabbit's good-bye kiss that "goes with a hug to keep you safe and feeling snug." (Ages birth to 2)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
With tender rhyming couplets, winsome watercolors and a title that's the very definition of the proverbial offer you can't refuse, Ryder and Sweet (previously paired for A House by the Sea) catalogue the many different smooches shared by parents and offspring. Sweet's opening spread conveys the book's framing conceit: the full-bleed illustration features a lamb on her birthday. After receiving a congratulatory kiss from her mother at the start of the day, the lamb strolls around her rural neighborhood, enabling readers to see all the kisses being proffered by other animal families. Amid flowers, a butterfly baby offers a cheek to her parent: "A hello kiss is soft as rain./ It's good to see your face again." Over in the pond, a red-booted tadpole busses a frog: "A playful kiss will often squeak/ and make a pop! upon your cheek." The story is tied up as neatly as a ribbon on a birthday present, with the lamb's journey ending at a surprise party populated by the young animals featured in the previous spreads. Sweet's pastel-toned watercolors reflect the sunlight and friskiness of springtime, while her simple, large-scale shapes and tightly framed compositions bring readers into the thick of the kissable moments. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A young lamb awakens on his birthday to a kiss from his mother, and then strolls around his neighborhood where other types of kisses are being given to other young animals. Young bear receives a "breakfast kiss...nice and sweet;" young butterfly's cheek receives a kiss "soft as rain;" puppy's kiss is "very wet, as silly as a kiss can get;" and frog's "playful kiss will often squeak and make a POP! upon your cheek." All these young animals gather to celebrate lamb's birthday; the day ends, of course, with a bedtime kiss to keep him "cozy through the night." Ryder's rhyming couplets will evoke smiles, giggles, and familiar feelings for young listeners. Sweet's pastel watercolor, pencil, and collage illustrations capture the lightness of the day and the tenderness and the love. They are simply drawn, yet have enough details for young eyes to pore over. Perfect for one-to-one sharing, this book will also work well with groups of young children. 2004, Harcourt Books, Ages 2 to 5.
—Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A little lamb's birthday dawns sunflower bright, with a special gift, a kiss, and a request from his loving parent: "Won't you be my kissaroo?" Colorfully clad animal friends are just as lucky, receiving special kisses ("A morning kiss- full of sun-. A breakfast kiss- nice and sweet.- A hello kiss- soft as rain-") from their own caring grown-ups. Sweet's large, charmingly simple watercolor, pencil, and collage pictures have an appealing primary-grade sensibility and are awash with a golden-sunlight glow and a sort of innocent awe. They combine beautifully with Ryder's easy rhyming text to invite readers to join the bear, bunny, butterfly, puppy, kitten, and funny frog in red boots who gather to surprise their woolly friend to celebrate his happy day. Finally, the sleepy-eyed young sheep is tucked into bed, and, while fireflies punctuate the night-blue sky outside his window, he receives a cozy kiss and a reprise of the question of the day: "So- Won't you be my kissaroo?/And every day, the whole day through,/we'll share new kisses-/me and you!" A feel-good choice for sharing one-on-one or with a group, and a high-quality addition to the kisses-and-hugs collection.-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson and Marilyn Courtot
A young lamb awakens on his birthday to a kiss from his mother and then strolls around his neighborhood where other types of kisses are being given to other young animals. Young bear receives a "breakfast kiss...nice and sweet;" young butterfly's cheek receives a kiss "soft as rain;" puppy's kiss is "very wet, as silly as a kiss can get;" and frog's "playful kiss will often squeak and make a POP! upon your cheek." All these young animals gather to celebrate lamb's birthday; the day ends, of course, with a bedtime kiss to keep him "cozy through the night." Ryder's rhyming couplets will evoke smiles, giggles, and familiar feelings for young listeners. Sweet's pastel watercolor, pencil, and collage illustrations capture the lightness of the day and the tenderness and the love. They are simply drawn, yet have enough details for young eyes to pore over. Perfect for one-to-one sharing, this book will also work well with groups of young children. This delightful story has been adapted into a postcard size that can be mailed by flipping the cover flap and adding three first class stamps and putting it in a mail box with an address to your favorite child. What a charming idea and one that grandparents and other friends and relatives will find delightful. Reviewer: Peg Glisson and Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Join a young lamb and his mother from sunup to sundown on a very special day. The visual story begins on the title page, where the mother is opening her child’s bedroom door, while she is holding a small package behind her back. The young lamb is sleeping peacefully on the dedication page; but a turn of the page finds that he is awake, has opened his birthday gift, and is in his mother’s warm embrace. “Won’t you be my kissaroo?” she asks. “I’ve lots of kisses just for you,” cuing readers (if they didn’t already know from the title) that this is a brief, rhyming text full of sweetness. A flip of the page finds the lamb heading off, after receiving a “morning kiss” that “is full of sunshine and wishes for the day to come.” He heads past the neighbors’ homes—bear, rabbit, butterfly, puppy, kitten, and frog—and glimpses them exchanging a “breakfast kiss,” “good-bye kiss,” “hello kiss,” “playful kiss,” and more. Lamb continues down the street, where his friends are now all gathered in party hats. Surprise! It’s a “gotcha kiss,” and then mom is back with a “birthday kiss” sure to make him “grow and grow and grow.” After the party, it’s time to head back home, for a “bedtime kiss” that returns to the question of the title, and a promise that “…every day, the whole day through, we’ll share new kisses…me and you!” This sentimental book offers reassurance. The birthday setting makes this a natural selection for a gift; but the separation and reunion of the child-and-parent duo makes it a good choice for any child who is experiencing similar circumstances, whether due to child care, preschool, or kindergarten. Ryder and Sweet’s cozy snuggle of a book is sure to be a classic that children will request many times. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 2 to 6.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152058203
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
12/29/2015
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
872,201
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
2 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

JOANNE RYDER is the author of many books for children, including EACH LIVING THING illustrated by Ashley Wolff, The Snail's Spell, Earthdance, and My Father's Hands. Ms. Ryder received The American Nature Study Society's award for her numerous books about the natural world. She lives in Pacific Grove, California.

Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of many fine children’s books including Balloons Over Broadway, a Sibert winner, and The Right Word and A River of Words, both Caldecott Honors. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as “exuberant,” “outstanding,” and “a creative delight.” Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine, not far from E.B. White's famous barn and farm. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit www.melissasweet.net.

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