From School Library Journal
PreS-Loving mother/child embraces are counted, from one nuzzle-wuzzle wake-up hug to ten 'I love you...' good-night hugs. The baby's day also includes encouraging two 'Choo-choo! Open wide!' yummy hugs at breakfast, comforting 'I'll always catch you!' sliding hugs at the park, and so on. Each spread features the number word in lower-case letters, the numeral, and countable heart shapes. Katz's trademark round-headed characters are cheerful and exude warmth. The sunny pictures capture familiar activities, and a playful puppy is part of the scene. The collage, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations have polka-dot and floral patterns that add visual interest. This book is great for interactive baby storytimes.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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PreS. Counting and hugging go arm in arm in this book full of baby love. "One nuzzle-wuzzle wake-up hug" shows Mom burying her face in the baby's pajama-clad body, while on the next page, Baby get a "yummy hug" as Mommy feeds her. She gets a "who made this mess laughing hug" after she has unrolled the toilet paper. Katz gets up close and personal in her illustrations, which always focus on the round-faced mother and baby. The colors are so bright, the shapes so simple, and the patterning so sweet that toddlers, the logical audience, will keep a close eye on the turning pages. And, of course, it would be hard for a mommy to read this without giving up a hug or two. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved