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The biggest kiss, Joanna Walsh ; illustrated by Judi Abbot

Label
The biggest kiss
Title
The biggest kiss
Statement of responsibility
Joanna Walsh ; illustrated by Judi Abbot
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A celebratioin of kisses from the sleepy goodnight kiss and the splishy splashy fish kiss to the sticky lipstick kiss and finally the best kiss of all
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Writing style
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 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. -- Leeper, Angela (Reviewed 12-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 8, p58)
  • 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 --Debbie Lewis (Reviewed November 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 11, p97)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed October 24, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 43, p)
  • 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) (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10044521
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Walsh, Joanna
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 004-008
  • AD390L
  • Decoding demand: 27 (low)
  • Semantic demand: 45 (medium)
  • Syntactic demand: 54 (medium)
  • Structure demand: 69 (high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Abbot, Judi
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kissing
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Kissing
Target audience
primary
Label
The biggest kiss, Joanna Walsh ; illustrated by Judi Abbot
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Paula Wiseman book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
839713
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781442427693
Lccn
2011019442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781442427693
Label
The biggest kiss, Joanna Walsh ; illustrated by Judi Abbot
Publication
Note
"A Paula Wiseman book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
839713
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781442427693
Lccn
2011019442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781442427693

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