Reviews for Kiss Like This

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
This winsome book uses clever design, childlike art, and playful rhyming language to describe animal kisses. For example, two fish, one large and one small, smile at each other alongside the words "A fish kiss is fizzy and bubbly..." Readers turn a partial page that dovetails with the previous drawing to show the two sharing a kiss--"like this!"

Kirkus Reviews 2012 November #1
Murphy (Utterly Lovely One, 2011) produces another bright slip of a title just right for the youngest toddlers. With a Valentine-ready cover in red, pink and white and amusing split-page flaps revealing a silly series of animal kisses, this book will be a popular gift for little ones. Each spread features a vibrantly hued child/parent pair of creatures, including giraffes, mice, fish, bees, elephants, owls and bunnies. The black, smudgy hand-lettered text describes the different kinds of kisses: "gentle and tall," "fuzzy and buzzy" and "long and toot-tooty." Each phrase ends with an ellipsis prompting readers to flip the half page to reveal "like this!" and an eyes-closed buss. By the book's end, all the pairs are busy smooching. "My, oh my--look! Everybody's kissing! / Now there's only one kiss missing…. // Your kiss! / Like this!" Slim? Fleeting? Predictable? Yes, but the youngest listeners won't mind. Sure to inspire lots of cuddles and lip smacks. (Picture book. 1-3) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 December #2

Chirpy adjectives and large flaps describe and reveal the ways that different animals kiss. In one scene, a large fish greets a little one: "A fish kiss is fizzy and bubbly... like this!" A flip of the flap unites the two fish in an aquatic kiss. Elsewhere, two smiling bees meet for a midair smooch ("A bee kiss is fuzzy and buzzy... like this!"), and when owls kiss, it's "tu-wit, tu-wooty." The chunky, childlike animals stand out against the predominantly white pages, while the flaps and sound effects contribute to a lively interactive experience. Ages 2-4. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 December

K-Gr 1--This is an adorable compilation of animal parents and babies kissing, among them giraffes, mice, fish, even bees: "A bee kiss is fuzzy and buzzy…." Of course it is! The descriptions of the kisses will have kids giggling with delight: "An elephant kiss is long and toot-tooty…," and the lift-the-flap layout and bright colors will appeal to young hands and eyes. A great Valentine's Day read-aloud or everyday lap read.--Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA

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