Reviews for Biggest Kiss

Booklist Reviews 2011 December #2
Although there seems to be no end to picture books about kisses, readers will still find themselves puckering up as they follow a blue-and-white penguin through this guided tour of kisses. Place has no bearing on the penguin, which appears alongside sheep, elephants, ladybugs, giraffes, and a plethora of other animals, all in the midst of their particular style of smooch. Among these rounded, vibrantly colored, and always adorable creatures, the penguin observes good places to kiss, sizes of kisses, kinds of kisses, and even kisses from nature, as when a light rain touches the skin. The text blends ending rhymes ("The tallest kiss is a tricky kind. / The smallest kiss is hard to find") with internal rhymes ("The snow's kiss on your face is ace"), but the occasional resulting awkwardness shouldn't bother young listeners. The book ends with the best kiss of all as the penguin, now blushing, receives a loving smooch from its caregiver. Pair with Karen Katz's Counting Kisses (2001) and Christopher Loupy's Hugs and Kisses (2002) to extend the sentiments. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Abbot's deep-hued, soft-edged illustrations join Walsh's playful text to explore the world of kisses, from "kisses on noses" to "kisses on toes-es," frogs, dogs, elephants, and fish kisses. The rhythm falters at times, but it's a quick read-aloud that will likely find an appreciative market among parents and grandparents, especially around Valentine's Day.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 December #1
This title previously published in the U.K. takes a cozy look at all kinds of kisses. Walsh's rhyming text is full of cutesy rhythms: "Kisses on noses, kisses on toes-es. Sudden kisses when you least supposes." Sometimes the phrasing stumbles: "Who likes to kiss? I do! I do! Even the shy do. Why not try, too?" But toddlers and young preschoolers will probably not mind. They will be too engaged in spotting the lively penguin on each spread and too charmed by Abbot's winsome illustrations that fittingly extend the wording in the story. Patient dogs queue up for a smooch from a frog prince, cool blue " 'normous elephants" contrast strikingly with bright red "little tiny ants" and a bewildered monkey endures a smattering of lipstick kisses. Be the kiss small or tall, one to start or end the day, young readers are reminded that "the very best kiss… / is a kiss from you!" Perhaps no big surprise but comforting nonetheless. Although a bit on the slight side, this offering is infused with a warm, light humor just right for cuddling up with a young tyke or sharing with a gathering for storytime. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 October #4

A penguin tours the animal kingdom to see how kissing stacks up among different species. Newcomer Abbot's characters are essentially adorable variations on rounded and curvilinear shapes, ranging from pert to plump. She laughs in the face of zoological accuracy, anthropomorphizing with abandon: in the spread, "Frogs like to kiss, and dogs like to kiss," she imagines a kissing booth run by a frog prince, as pups of various breeds line up to pay for the privilege. The titular kiss does not belong to the big blue elephant that sprawls across another spread, extending its trunk to a mostly unseen partner (while providing a perch for two kissing ants). Rather, it's the kiss that comes from a grownup penguin, who clearly loves a cuddle as much as the narrator does. Walsh's (All Asleep) rhyme schemes are all over the map (there are conventional couplets, as well as internal rhymes like "The snow's kiss on your face is ace"), so it may be difficult for readers to get in a groove. But it hardly detracts from the upbeat subject matter and the critters' utter cuteness. Ages 4-8. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

PreS-Gr 2--"Kisses on noses,/kisses on toes-es./Sudden kisses when you least supposes" starts this endearing selection. The text goes on to describe myriad creatures who deliver and receive a variety of kisses in their own unique ways. The engaging rhymes are perfectly complemented by the colorful, whimsical illustrations. A wonderful cuddle-up-and-read choice.--Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL

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