Enough with the kissing, already! Momo the monkey cannot fathom why everyone, everyone
insists on doing so much kissing. Lions, wild boars, snakes, flamingos, even Momo's own family has to kiss hello, kiss goodbye, kiss to make it better... "I wish no one had invented kissing," poor Momo laments. He's positively dreading the smoochfest when his new baby brother is born. But little does he know what his own reaction will be to the wailing tot.
Emma Chichester Clark, author and illustrator of numerous acclaimed books, including I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!, writes with a warm, fresh style, and drenches the pages of this irresistible jungle tale with tropical colors and droll details. There's an eminently recognizable Everyboy in Momo's furry body. When a girl relative tries to put the kissing in cousin, the determined look on Momo's face as he beats a hasty retreat is priceless. And when his adorable baby brother wins Momo's heart (and lips), every reader will cheer. (Ages 2 to 5) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Despite the title, there's plenty of kissing in Clark's (I Love You, Blue Kangaroo) cheery monkey tale. "Why does there have to be so much kissing?" asks Momo. "It goes on everywhere." From his vantage point high in a jungle tree, he can see that boars do it, butterflies do it, even airborne storks do it. Clark's sweet-tempered watercolors (her star looks vaguely reminiscent of H.A. Rey's famous chimp), offer a plethora of carefree families kissing goodnight, kissing to make up and, especially, kissing babies, who "get more kisses than anyone." Momo's first-person narration will resonate with any child who has had his or her fill of unwanted affection. The poker-faced text plays well against the illustrations, as in a spread in which the monkey declares, "And I wish no one would kiss me, especially... people I don't KNOW!" while being pursued by an aardvark, boar and rhino. In the end, Momo, too, falls prey to his irresistible new baby brother and, "by mistake I think, I kissed him." Clark's narrative never falters as Momo remains true to his nature to the very end ("It was lucky no one was looking," he says but of course, everyone was). Though it begins as an anti-Valentine, this volume will strike an affectionate chord with curmudgeons and romantics alike. Ages 2-5.
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