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If Animals Kissed Good Night (Melanie Kroupa Books) Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Melanie Kroupa Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374380511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374380519
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS—Lively rhythm, effective sound words, and an eclectic collection of toddler-pleasing animals all combine to create a charming bedtime book. As a child and her mother begin their evening ritual, they wonder about how different animals say good night. Soon parent and baby pairs are hanging or skittering or bathing or howling and growling their nighttime wishes. The vocabulary will enhance the read-aloud experience, e.g., "Mama Penguin and chick would stumble and slide/on slippery rocks in a hug-and-kiss ride." Soon, however, all are "tucked in tight" with the toddler surrounded by the small stuffed versions of the featured animals—all except slow Sloth and her cub. They began kissing on the first spread, and on the last page, they are "still…kissing good night!" It's an ending that's sure to elicit giggles from young listeners. The layout of the art and text adds to the fun as many of the characteristics and action words swirl across the page or pile up on top of each other. Illustrations, done in soft watercolors, range from full-page bleeds to small ovals and feature characters that swing or prance across the white space. The book is similar in approach to Claire Freedman's Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones (Good Bks., 2005) but it has more humor. It should find a place in most collections even if they already have Freedman's book or Dawn Apperley's Good Night, Sleep Tight, Little Bunnies (Scholastic, 2002).—Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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From Booklist

A follow-up to Paul and Walker’s other bedtime tome, Little Monkey Says Good Night (2003), this book offers charming, fanciful visions of parents and children of various species preparing for sleep. The examples represent a variety of animals, from pythons and penguins to kangaroos and elephants, with each species accompanied by a rhyme that seems crafted for reading aloud: “Walrus calf and her papa would make whiskery swishes, / rubbing each other in scritch-scratchy kisses.” Paul takes well-known characteristics of each animal and pushes them to wonderfully silly extremes. The sloths, for example, which appear in various spreads throughout the book, are summed up on the last page: “But Sloth and her cub? Still . . . kissing good night!” Likewise, Walker has fun with anthropomorphism. His animals smile widely—even if they are upside down or underwater—and each parent has only one child to handle. Using soft color, Walker renders the nighttime rituals inventively, across pages and around panels, making this gentle book a satisfying bedtime selection. Preschool-Grade 2. --Abby Nolan

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I have a 3 1/2 yr old truck obsessed boy and a 16 month old girl who is just really starting to like to read.
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We will pass this book on to future generations of our family - it is that beloved.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By marinewife10 on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For months now, my 18 month old twin boys get so excited to go to bed as long as I tell them we are going to read the "kiss kiss" book. They love it when I act out the sounds of the animals and when I talk slooooooooooooooowwwww at the sloth parts. I was given a soft cover copy when they were born and now that its starting to get really worn I am going to get this hardcover for their Christmas present! PS: its a favorite of mine too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Maciejewski on July 3, 2009
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This is a very sweet bedtime book. It has adorable illustrations and it's a fun read, telling the story of how various animals might say goodnight (like the rhino and her baby tapping their horns together and the peacocks dancing their feather fans). My kids and I enjoy reading this one together and they love to name the animals as we go along.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Good Book Guy on June 10, 2009
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A really fun book for parents and kids alike with a great rhyming flow, tons of interesting animals (some that were "new" to our daughter's everyday animal knowledge), and a cute "refrain" that has mamma sloth and her cub "still kissing goodnight" throughout the book (because they're slow).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SabaBa Mama on October 1, 2014
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It took about 6 short exposures for our 18mo to get into this book (heck, it took me a few to read it without getting tongue-tied) but now he really enjoys it. This is the longest bedtime book in our collection and he sits through it with patience and focus like no other. It's... beautiful. He has his favorite pages (that we repeat 5x) and we connect the animals to his own stuffed ones, or those we visit at the zoo. I definitely look forward to having him read this to me one day :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mel on July 18, 2012
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One of the most loving books I have ever read. My kids love this book and when I get the chance I read it to my nephew on the phone. We love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ribbit0608 on September 27, 2011
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The illustrations are beautiful and the writing is superior. We will pass this book on to future generations of our family - it is that beloved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on October 1, 2014
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Found this book a little odd. Was expecting a cuter story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly S. on July 15, 2008
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This is one of the cutest kids books that I've read. It is written extremely well with a sing-song, rhyming pattern. It will definitely be a book that I give as a gift!
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More About the Author

ANN WHITFORD PAUL graduated from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University School of Social Work. She became inspired to write picture books after years of bedtime reading to her four children. She's published 19 different award-winning books. Now she gets story ideas from her three grandchildren. For ten years she taught picture book writing through UCLA Extension. She still enjoys teaching how to write picture books. When she isn't writing or teaching, she loves listening to her cat purr, watching spiders spin their webs and following snails' trails.

You can learn more about her, download writing tips and classroom activities, and contact her through her web-site: www.annwhitfordpaul.net.

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