A Kiss for Giraffe

A Kiss for Giraffe


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Written by Judith Koppens and illustrated by Suzanne Diederen!

Giraffe and Piggy are best friends. Piggy wants to give Giraffe a kiss, but Giraffe is too tall. What will Piggy do?

An endearing and simple story about friendship. For toddlers ages 30 months and up, with a focus on the child’s emotions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605374079
Publisher: Clavis
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Judith Koppens has been an author and illustrator for many years. Children are her most important source of inspiration. Their enthusiasm and honesty are always part of her work. Judith lives in the Netherlands and works as a teacher at an elementary school.

Suzanne Diederen (1974) received an education at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. She specialized in illustrating children’s books and picture books. Her works have been translated into German, Swedish, Danish, French, English, Italian, Spanish and Korean. When she isn't doing yoga or having fun with her son Gilles and her daughter Sophie, she can be found working illustrations for a new picture book.


Author Bella Makatini is the winner of the Inclusive Works International Children's Story Contest and she talks about how THE BIG FIVE came to be: I’ve always loved writing and, when I saw the subject of the competition -- “Grandpa, Grandma and me in the multicultural society” -- it appealed to me immediately. Through the veins of my sons flows a mixture of South-African and Dutch blood. My father came from South-Africa. He died two years before the birth of my eldest son. My story The Big Five is about a boy who sets off to discover the world of the elephant, the lion, the rhinoceros, the leopard and the buffalo. With this story I would like to bring the two cultures together, and to bring to life for my sons the grandfather they never knew."

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A Kiss for Giraffe 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
A Kiss for Giraffe is an illustrated hardcover book for toddlers (30 months up stated in the blurb) by Dutch primary school teacher and children’s book author, Judith Koppens. Piggy wants to give his best friend Giraffe a kiss, but he can’t reach. Piggy is persistent. He thinks up a number of schemes, each of which fails. The little robin redbreast looks on for each of these. The kiss is finally achieved quite by accident: an accident that has Giraffe concerned for the welfare of his friend. It’s silly but quite sweet, and for toddlers, a fun story is as welcome as one that teaches. It is delightfully illustrated by Suzanne Diederen. Quite charming. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Clavis Publishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book so so darling! It reminds me of my nephews and how much taller I am than them and how in order to give them a bear hug, I have to lift them up in my arms. The giraffe and pig try to find a way to reach each other's level of height to share a kiss of friendship. So cute!
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This sweet hardcover book is perfect for the age group targeted ( 30 months+ ). Piggy loves his friend giraffe so much and wants to show him his affection by planting a huge kiss on him. But he has one problem. He can't reach his friend's face to do so because giraffe is so tall. Oh my how can he accomplish his mission of love? He tries several methods to achieve his goal : digging a hole and asking giraffe to sit in it, swinging from a rope tied to a tree, donning his runners and leaping up as high as he can and last but not least, positioning a long ladder against his friend and trying to climb up to deliver his smacker up close and personal. Do any of his methods work? Nope! Fail! But the kiss does happen... I wonder how it came about? Mmmmmm???
Partfam More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Judith Koppens that I have read. We enjoyed it. My little one loved the story. He laughed at the pig’s actions. I will purchase more of her books. I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
LawladyCase More than 1 year ago
Piggy wants to kiss Giraffe but Giraffe is too tall. Piggy tries several ways to reach Giraffe but one of them work. After Piggy falls off the ladder to the ground. Giraffe bends down to see if Piggy is alright. Piggy’s problem is solved. This book contains cute illustrations with greenish, watercolor backgrounds. The animals are tightly drawn characters in pink and yellow. This combines to give the page an uplifting and fun feeling. The story is a good one to teach children about problem-solving. Piggy tried to solve the issue by himself without input from Giraffe. When Giraffe acted, Piggy was able to kiss him. Similar to the author/illustrator’s other book, Little Bear Wants to Grow, a great lesson opportunity is presented in a fun way. I received an ARC from Clavis Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
Michele-G More than 1 year ago
This is an adorable book for a toddler. The illustrations are lovely and the story is sweet. Piggy and Giraffe are best friends. Piggy wants to give Giraffe a kiss but can't reach him. The book talks about the different ways that Piggy tries to solve the problem, It's very sweet. I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a simple story with charming illustrations that is geared toward young children. Piggy wants to give Giraffe a kiss but can't figure out how to. Giraffe is tall while Piggy is not. What should Piggy do? Young listeners will find out by the end. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this toddler book.
LadyBooksalot More than 1 year ago
A sweet, endearing story of two friends who try to work out how to reach each other for a kiss despite the major height difference. Piggy comes up with some good ideas but they don’t work out until the end when a simple solution presents itself. Hopefully kids will be engaged enough to come up with a solution too. At the very least it’s the perfect book to read right before bedtime. I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
yomicat More than 1 year ago
Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read and review A Kiss For a Giraffe.. A very sweet read for preschoolers and emerging readers. A loving friendship between two unlikely friends just trying to solve a simple problem. Giraffes might not be the smartest animals, but loves showing affection to their friends.