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HOW ABOUT A KISS FOR ME? by Todd Tarpley


by Todd Tarpley & illustrated by Liza Woodruff

Pub Date: June 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-525-42235-8
Publisher: Dutton

Readers join a little boy as he puckers up for some pretty unusual kisses. Dogs, frogs, cats, bats and all manner of farmyard animals are all recipients of this curious toddler’s smooches. “Do you like to kiss a bunny? / Kiss a bunny? That is funny.” From these rather harmless animals, he then goes on to consider toes, cacti, worms, mops and skunks. But at the end of the day, the most enthusiastic recipient of his kisses is his dad, who hugs and kisses him before tucking him in: “There’s nothing I would rather do / Than be someone who’s kissed by you.” Tarpley’s rolling verse reads aloud easily, and the text/illustration juxtapositions lend well to predictive reading. The absurdity of some of the kissing combinations will appeal to little ones. Woodruff’s sweet watercolors depict an overall-clad toddler with muddy cheeks and an adorable smile. Pucker up—this one’s sure to elicit kisses with every reading. (Picture book. 1-3)