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A book of kisses
Ross, Dave, 1949-
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Publication Information:
[New York?] : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Describes all the different types of kisses there are for all different occasions including butterfly kisses, tiptoe kisses, and "Ew Yuck!" kisses.
Reading Level:
AD 160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 23516 Guided reading level: K.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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There are all kinds of kisses in the world, for all different occasions:

congratulations kisses
I'm sorry kisses
butterfly kisses
good night kisses

A kiss is a wonderful way to show someone you care.

Show someone you care--share this book and a kiss!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Fans of the author's Book of Hugs (1980) won't be disappointed by this book, which opens with a dictionary-style definition of kisses and closes with the word for kiss in 15 different languages, with each word displayed in a big heart. Ross introduces all sorts of kisses children encounter, from good morning and tummy kisses to birthday kisses, (which "only come around once a year, so make the most of them!"), underwater kisses ("remember to breathe out!"), and rubbing noses kisses that keep us warm on a cold day. Rader's delightful watercolor illustrations depict cartoonlike animals giving various kisses: two horses share a good-report-card kiss; cats share a wave-from-the-car kiss, also known as smeary-window kiss. Capturing the essence of kisses, this book makes for a lovely lapsit or bedtime read. --Helen Rosenberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ross and Rader (A Book of Hugs) team up again for this breezy look at a variety of kisses and kissing occasions. Ross's minimal text, amplified with speech balloons, moves from the obvious opportunities for kissing (bedtime, birthdays and making up) to more unusual types of kisses for everyday affection (butterfly kisses, tummyÄor "raspberry"Äkisses, rubbing noses). Chock-full of adorable animal characters expressing their mutual admiration (kangaroos kissing on tiptoe, an octopus and fish giving each other underwater kisses), Rader's gently humorous, brightly colored cartoon drawings are guaranteed child-pleasers. For the endpapers, which offer the word "kiss" in different languages, Rader includes, among other cheerful animals, an owl and a pussycat in a pea green boat about to "Busu" ("kiss" in Swahili). Ages 3-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A charming tribute to the many kinds of kisses. "Boo-boo," "I'm sorry," "Birthday," "Tiptoe," "Tummy," and "Rubbing Noses" are just some of the multitude of smooches. Ross uses the same format as in A Book of Hugs and A Book of Friends (both HarperCollins, 1999). While the concept is an excellent one, so many scenarios are depicted that the book seems overly long. The language is simple and appropriate, but the front matter and the endpapers are too sophisticated for most youngsters (a dictionary definition of "kiss," complete with abbreviations, and 15 foreign translations of the word). The layout varies, utilizing double-page spreads, four panels to a page, and single pictures. Rader's winning watercolor cartoons of colorfully clad animals sharing smooches are both busy and appealing. Children will find the "grossness" of some of the kisses such as the "Ew Yuck!" and "lipstick" smacks quite on target.-Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.