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Counting kisses
Katz, Karen.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
How many kisses does a tired baby need to change her from crying into sleeping.
General Note:
Board books.

"A kiss and read book"--Cover.
Format :


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Material Type
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Clarence Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
Grand Island Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lackawanna Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lake Shore Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Anna M. Reinstein Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Williamsville Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Audubon Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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How many
kisses does
it take
to say
good night?

Author Notes

Karen Katz is an American author and illustrator of children's books. After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her first book, Over the Moon, was inspired by the experience of adopting her daughter from Central America. She has written and illustrated more than 50 picture books and novelty books including Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, Counting Kisses, and Daddy Hugs.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 1^-4. The sun is setting as a mother holds her cranky, crying baby. "My tired little baby, do you need a kiss?" The tears soon give way to smiles and giggles as each family member playfully showers the little girl's various body parts with kisses. Mom gives baby "ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes"; Grandma gives baby "seven loud kisses on a pretty belly button"; the big sister gives Baby "five quick kisses on an itty bitty nose." Even the family pets get in on the action. By the time the last kiss has been delivered on a "sleepy, dreamy head," the child is peacefully sleeping. The brief, simple text is perfect for the target audience's limited attention span, and the brightly colored mixed-media illustrations provide lots of visual stimulation through the use of unusual perspectives and eye-catching patterns and shapes. Each spread features the number, presented as a numeral, with a corresponding number of tiny pink hearts for counting. A sweet story that may encourage parents to start their own bedtime ritual of counting kisses--Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

The whole family-dog and cat included-soothe a fussy baby with a variety of smooches, from "ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes" to "one last kiss on [baby's] sleepy, dreamy head" in Counting Kisses by Karen Katz. PW called the hardcover, published last year, "as irresistible as a baby's smile." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-How many kisses does it take to say goodnight? A fussy baby receives "ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes/nine laughing kisses on busy, wriggly feet/eight squishy kisses on chubby, yummy knees," and so on down to "one last kiss on your sleepy, dreamy head." Each member of the family takes a turn bestowing kisses on the child: mom, dad, grandma, big sister, and even the dog and cat. Katz uses bold colors and lines to accent the flat, yet expressive illustrations. Heavy use of pink, combined with an array of brightly colored patterns, adds to the tender, happy tone of the story. Collage pieces are seamlessly woven into the gouache and colored-pencil illustrations, and Katz throws in some surprising perspectives, such as the mother kissing the baby's toes shown from the infant's point of view. The final spread, which shows the whole family smiling down at the sleeping child in her crib, epitomizes the loving warmth of this pitch-perfect bedtime story. Though somewhat reminiscent of Molly Bang's Ten, Nine, Eight (Greenwillow, 1983), this delightful book has a charm all its own and will surely become a standard at baby and toddler storytimes.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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