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Kisses for Daddy Hardcover – May 28, 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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This bedtime romp, first published in Australia in 2005, was named a 2006 Honour Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Its familiar scenario, which puts a comic spin on the nightly conflict of getting ready for bed, will speak loudly to children elsewhere as well. Baby Bear is cranky and wants none of the bath, bed, and beyond stuff. He gives his mother a bedtime kiss, but steadfastly refuses Father Bear’s entreaties, even as Father cleverly moves Baby up the stairs, into the bath, and into bed—all the while showing how other baby animals might kiss their dads. Legge’s rounded, glowing, comforting illustrations cleverly embed images of a variety of animals into each scene—a crocodile soap dish, a koala stair decoration, mouse ears on Baby Bear’s bedpost—making each page a delight to study. A satisfying kiss and bonus hug make a fitting end. --Connie Fletcher

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"Legge's rounded, glowing, comforting illustrations . . . [make] each page a delight to study."  —Booklist



"Perfect for sharing with little ones."  —Carolina Parent
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Little Hare Books (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781921272431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921272431
  • ASIN: 1921272430
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,079,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my son's absolute favorite book. It has beautiful drawings that are rich and really jump off the page. The repetitive nature of the story is great for language development. My son has this book memorized so he "reads" it all the time - multiple times a day - and it is a must-read before nap and bed. The daddy character is sweet and silly, and it allows for lots of playing with voices and pretend kisses during reading time. I've purchased this book for many of my son's friends as birthday gifts, and my son's last birthday cake was even based on the book he loves it so much. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy interactive reading with your young child!
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We have a number of "Mommy" and "Daddy" books in the house! Many of them are sweet, but the majority are rather boring. Luckily for my husband, the daddy ones are much more interesting, though I suspect this has something to do with the fact that I pick out quite a few for my husband for various occasions, but do not receive them back. (Hint, hint, sweetie, I want some of the book I showed you.)

Anyway, that piece of Sunhi household trivia aside, this book is a treasure. It's the story of a little baby boy bear who must get ready to go to sleep and the daddy who helps him by giving him a bath and putting him to bed. During each step of the process, his daddy asks for a certain type of kiss such as a koala kiss or a giraffe kiss, and describes the type of kisses each animal gives. The baby bear rejects each request, until the end in which he gives his daddy a big bear kiss.

The art is adorable and hidden in each scene are animal pictures that you could easily point out to your child. For instance, while there is an obvious koala picture on the koala page, a railing post and wallpaper make the silhouette of a koala head, as well. On the bat kiss page, a washcloth shadow gives the silhouette of a bat. It actually took me three readings of the book to realize this!

The best part for my son is the fun way baby bear rejects the kisses. He often imitates it when we read this story, and at the end of the book, kisses are given all around.

This is a great book for gifts for a father or for father's to read to their children.
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By Amy on February 15, 2013
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It was a fun father and son book. My 10 month old son loves books. He turns the pages and looks at the pictures. He has had the book for 2 months and it looks brand new despite all the teething and little hands turning the pages.
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Such a cute book for daddy to read to our son. Our son loves listening to daddy read it and go over the different types of kisses. It does say the word "no" a lot in it, but we turn it around and make it a silly no, rather than a mean/harsh "no." I got this book for my husband for Father's Day and he loves spending the time with our son reading it over and over again.
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I bought this for my husband to read our son. It is a beautiful book and so much fun for both of them. He likes to give the kisses described in the book as he reads it. A gem of a book we will enjoy for years I am sure.
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Bought this for my husband's father's day present. It is a really cute story. It is a board book and our 9 month old loves to grab it and turn the pages. We don't have to worry about her ripping it as easily as a paperback book. Very sweet story and I will probably buy it for friends and family when they have little ones.
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Format: Hardcover
This is my son's absolute favorite book. It has beautiful drawings that are rich and really jump off the page. The repetitive nature of the story is great for language development. My son has this book memorized so he "reads" it all the time - multiple times a day - and it is a must-read before nap and bed. The daddy character is sweet and silly, and it allows for lots of playing with voices and pretend kisses during reading time. I've purchased this book for many of my son's friends as birthday gifts, and my son's last birthday cake was even based on the book he loves it so much. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy interactive reading with your young child!
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This was a great purchase for fathers day! Its nice having a book specific for daddy. Father bear takes baby bear through his bedtime routine by distracting him and asking for different types of kisses for daddy: monkey kisses, alligator kisses, koala kisses, etc. Baby bear refuses to give daddy kisses till the end. Very sweet easy read.
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