PreS-Gr 2-Cheery, simple illustrations accompany this first-person narration of a monkey who has had enough of kissing. He complains of all its apparently contradictory purposes-hello, good-bye, good morning, good night-and the unfailingly tender responses of adults to babies, even baby alligators and porcupines. But one day while tending his little brother, the monkey cannot stop the baby's crying until he picks him up, and, shocking even himself, gives him a kiss. Many youngsters, especially boys, are likely to agree with the monkey's manifold objections to kissing and identify with the family scenes. Realistic and humorous without being silly, this story is sure to charm young readers or listeners and should do well in both libraries and bookstores.
Coop Renner, Blackshear Elementary, Austin, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.