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No more kissing!
Chichester Clark, Emma.
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Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday Book for Young Readers, 2002.

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 55908.

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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Why does there have to be so much kissing? That's what Momo wants to know. Everyone's kissing boo-boos, kissing babies, and worst of all, kissing him. So he decides to put an end to it. "No more kissing!" he declares. But when Momo gets a little brother, will he be able to follow his own rule?

Author Notes

Emma Chichester Clark was born in London, England, but grew up in Ireland. In 1975 she went back to England to attend the Chelsea School of Art in London. After completing her undergraduate degree, she enrolled at the Royal College of Art for her master's degree. She was approached by an editor at London publisher Bodley Head to illustrate for her first children's book entitled, Listen to This.

Clark is considered one of England's most distinguished picture book creators. She has written and illustrated many of her own picture books while also creating accompanying artwork for numerous stories, picture books, anthologies, and retellings by other writers, including Roald Dahl. In her own books, which include Up in Heaven, The Story of Horrible Hilda and Henry, and the award-winning I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!, she features child, adult, and animal characters in humorous situations that provide realistic portrayals of human feelings and failings. Clark was also a visiting lecturer at Middlesex Polytechnic and City and Guilds School of Art, 1984-86. She had an exhibition of her illustrations at the Thumb Gallery, England, 1984 and 1987.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2-5. Momo the monkey has put a moratorium on kissing! He complains that his family is always kissing. They kiss hello; they kiss goodbye; they even kiss good morning and good night. Momo is grateful that he's not a baby anymore because babies get more kisses than anyone, which he discovers after the arrival of his new baby brother. As Momo explains, "The more they kissed him, the more he screamed" and "The more he screamed, the more they kissed him." Then a curious thing happens: Momo secretly breaches his own kissing rule when he's holding his brother, and the baby stops crying. The colorful, vibrant illustrations are a good match for this silly, fun-loving story. --Cynthia Turnquest

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite the title, there's plenty of kissing in Clark's (I Love You, Blue Kangaroo) cheery monkey tale. "Why does there have to be so much kissing?" asks Momo. "It goes on everywhere." From his vantage point high in a jungle tree, he can see that boars do it, butterflies do it, even airborne storks do it. Clark's sweet-tempered watercolors (her star looks vaguely reminiscent of H.A. Rey's famous chimp), offer a plethora of carefree families kissing goodnight, kissing to make up and, especially, kissing babies, who "get more kisses than anyone." Momo's first-person narration will resonate with any child who has had his or her fill of unwanted affection. The poker-faced text plays well against the illustrations, as in a spread in which the monkey declares, "And I wish no one would kiss me, especially... people I don't KNOW!" while being pursued by an aardvark, boar and rhino. In the end, Momo, too, falls prey to his irresistible new baby brother and, "by mistake I think, I kissed him." Clark's narrative never falters as Momo remains true to his nature to the very end ("It was lucky no one was looking," he says but of course, everyone was). Though it begins as an anti-Valentine, this volume will strike an affectionate chord with curmudgeons and romantics alike. Ages 2-5. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A little monkey asks, "Why does there have to be so much kissing?" and proceeds to describe the public displays of affection by various jungle animals, particularly in his family-"They kiss Hello, then they kiss Goodbye. They kiss Good Morning, they kiss Good Night." He boldly declares "no more kissing" but no one listens to him. When his baby brother is born, however, Momo finds himself accidentally kissing him. The appealing illustrations contain bright and cheerful scenes of lions, antelopes, birds, monkeys, and other jungle animals engaged in daily activities. Little Momo looks appropriately dismayed throughout the story but especially when an aunt or cousin tries to kiss him. The monkey family wears fine clothing and lives in a fancy house while all other animals appear naturally, which is a little odd but not a major distraction. Overall, this story invites lots of kissing and is a fresh approach to introducing a new baby in a family.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.