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Title:
How many kisses do you want tonight?
Author:
Bajaj, Varsha.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Co., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
When animal and human parents lovingly ask their offspring how many kisses each wants at bedtime, the answers start at the number one and end at a million.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 78227.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 36873 Guided reading level: G.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780316823814
Format :
Book

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"How many kisses do you want tonight?" the animals ask, snuggling critters tight. This adorable counting bedtime book celebrates the special ritual of goodnight kisses. Children and baby animals request from one to a million kisses from their parents when they settle in for the night. The simple, rhyming text makes for a perfect read aloud.




Author Notes

Varsha Baja's two kids were the inspiration for this story. This is her first children's book.

Ivan Bates has illustrated numerous children's books, including the best-selling Just You and Me by Sam McBratney.


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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. From bear to butterfly to snake, 10 animal parents--some moms, some dads--ask their little ones the title question: \lquote How many kisses do you want, young fellow?' Mommy Duck asks, fluffing Little Duck yellow. \lquote I want TWO,' he says with a quack. \lquote One on my beak and one on my back.' Each response is well matched to the creature; Little Spider, for example, wants eight kisses, one for each leg. The game continues until a human Daddy poses the question to his princess pink and a Mommy asks it of her brave knight. \lquote I want a HUNDRED,' says the little girl. \lquote One on my nose and one on each curl.' ; \lquote I want a MILLION,' the boy says with delight. Finishing his book, he says good night. The soft-toned watercolor-and-colored-pencil double-spreads have a snuggly feel that reinforces the gentle tone of the text. The kisses, the counting, and the rhymes will have youngsters itching to participate in the action; the last page, which addresses the question right to young listeners, will get things started. --Julie Cummins Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Varsha Bajaj's debut How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?, illus. by Ivan Bates, also features parental kisses throughout the animal kingdom, incorporating a counting lesson as well. "Bates portrays animals as expressive as any human parent and child, but he also balances this anthropomorphism with authentic details of character and environment," wrote PW. (LB Kids, $6.99 26p ages 6 mos.-3 yrs. ISBN 9780-316-06735-5; Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Another delightful bedtime story in the vein of Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995). A succession of animal moms and dads asks their babies how many kisses they want, and the youngsters' responses count upward from Little Bear's one kiss on his "soft, brown hair" to Little Bunny's 10 kisses on his "floppy ears and- eyes." A little girl and boy round out the tale, asking for a hundred and a million smooches, respectively. The rhyming text maintains a gentle flow, but the real attraction here is the beautiful watercolor and colored-pencil artwork, which is full of vibrant, night-hued colors that bring the animals and their expressions to life. This book is sure to be an instant sleepy-time favorite.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.