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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (January 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385746199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385746199
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,388,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on January 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Poor Momo...he's decided there's just too much kissing going on here in the jungle and it's got to stop. Everytime he turns around there's someone kissing hello, kissing good-bye, kissing good morning and goodnight. If you get hurt, someone wants to kiss your boo-boo, and make it all better. And if you have a disagreement, they want to kiss and make up. "Why does there have to be so much kissing? It goes on everywhere, all over the place, especially mommies kissing babies. I wish no one had invented kissing." But all that is about to change when Momo's mommy brings his new baby brother home..... Emma Chichester Clark has authored a clever and entertaining story, starring an endearing little friend, that is sure to charm and delight all those who often suffer little Momo's plight. Her simple and witty text is complemented by bright and engaging jungle scenes, full of humorous detail and marvelous facial expressions, and little ones, tired of being constantly smooched by relatives and parent's friends will easily identify and empathize with Momo as he tries to avoid the often inevitable kissing ordeals. No More Kissing is perfect for preschoolers as young as two, and with its sweet and amusing twist at the end, is sure to put a big smile on everyone's face.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "pocah" on January 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a cute little story about a little monkey who does not like to receive kisses. He thinks that all adults give kisses to little people all the time and he does not like them or see the need for them.....until he becomes a big brother. Read on to see his experience with his baby brother and find out of he still dislikes kisses and thinks you should not give them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. FLANAGAN on February 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Momo is a little monkey who is disgusted by all the kissing he sees around him, from relatives, parents and children, even strangers. They kiss for every reason, and for no reason at all, and finally he orders everyone in his household to stop: "No more Kissing!" It makes no difference at all, so he takes comfort in the fact that at least he is not a baby, because babies get the most kisses of all. Then one day he tries to comfort his new baby brother, and a very amazing thing happens! This colorful jungle tale is funny and silly, with just the right amount of tender sweetness. The illustrations are watercolored, and the lettering is hand done, but very clear. The monkeys look a little like Curious George, but have much more expression. Whether you like or hate kissing, this book is a winner.
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