Won't You Be My Kissaroo?

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These much-loved companion picture books that celebrate all the kissable and huggable moments between little ones and their grown-ups are now available as an adorable board book duo. Joanne Ryder's playful rhymes pair perfectly with Melissa Sweet's whimsical illustrations, making these just right for Valentine's Day, a birthday, or any sweet celebration.
 
 

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Overview

These much-loved companion picture books that celebrate all the kissable and huggable moments between little ones and their grown-ups are now available as an adorable board book duo. Joanne Ryder's playful rhymes pair perfectly with Melissa Sweet's whimsical illustrations, making these just right for Valentine's Day, a birthday, or any sweet celebration.
 
 

Rhyming text describes many different kinds of kisses.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Won't You Be My Kissaroo?
"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."—School Library Journal
From The Critics
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152060602
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 480,033
  • Age range: 2 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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. 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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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    Purchased for my grand-kissaroo!

    This went into my grand-daughters box of valentine gifts and she loves it. I love it too, it is a very sweet little story with sturdy pages and a sweet simple message.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Nice book for my granddaughter

    Won't You Be My Kissaroo is a nice book for a young child. My 9 month old granddaughter seemed to like it when I read it to her.

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