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

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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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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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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cute book! It's about how each animal would kiss goodnight if they kissed like we kiss. Pretty illustrations! My son loves that there are a lot of different animals in this book. I love reading to my children, this is a great addition to our book collection!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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