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No Kiss for Mother Hardcover – September 3, 2012

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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In Ungerer's (Crictor; Moon Man) first children's book in 25 years, a delightfully witty and lighthearted look at race relations, a cat couple is startled to discover that their newborn is a dog. (This "genetic mishap" is traced to a great-grandmother's secret marriage to a pug.) The doting parents bring up squat, jowly, wrinkly-faced Flix to climb trees and eat fried mice and pickled canaries. Under the tutelage of his basset hound godfather, the pup also learns pride in his canine heritage and masters the dog language. Flix's combined talents win him the respect of both communities, the love of a French exchange-student poodle and eventually a career in politics, in which he campaigns to end cat-dog segregation. Ungerer celebrates the versatility and perspective Flix gains from his mixed ancestry while still acknowledging the hardship of not fitting in. His lively illustrations, which feature highly expressive and individualized faces, are more supple and playful than in earlier books. The accomplished artwork brims with funny touches such as a rat-crossing sign in Cattown (speed up!) and a monument to Laika (the first dog to orbit in space) in Dogtown; more pointed details include the no-dogs-allowed sign in a posh Cattown restaurant. Ungerer's return to the field will be welcomed by all who discover this charming addition to his oeuvre, but will be especially appreciated by children growing up in more than one cultural tradition. Ages 6-10. (May) FYI: Tomi Ungerer's The Three Robbers, Moon Man and No Kiss for Mother are being reissued in paperback, as well as Heidi (by Johanna Spyri) in a hardcover edition. (Roberts Rinehart/Tom!Co, $6.95 40p ages 4-8 ISBN 1-57098-206-6; $6.95 40p ages 4-8 ISBN -207-4; $5.95 40p ages 6-10 ISBN -208-2; $19.95 312p all ages ISBN -162-0; May)
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"Finished off with a wonderful matte cover and flawless reproductions. . .ten thumbs up and a couple of big toes, too!" – Vintage Children’s Books My Kids Love

"Back in print after 40 years, Tomi Ungerer’s wickedly funny pencil drawings were inspired by his own naughty childhood memories – and we think they’ve stood the test of time. In short, this book is the cat’s pajamas. Meow." – Daily Candy

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; Reprint edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714864757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714864754
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No Kiss For Mother intrigues me to this day and my kids, a girl and boy, are well into their thirties and still marvel at this book. In some ways, this is a very violent book. MaMa Kitty actually slaps Piper, her beloved son. She has a terrible day and loses her temper and makes a bad mistake in her mothering--MaMa Kitty is flawed! MaMa Kitty, even though she adores the ever-misbehaving Piper, is not the perfect mother. This simply stunned my kids, especially my son. Piper "withholds" his kisses out of spite, Piper holds his mom hostage emotionally, Piper willfully deceives his father, Piper "acts out" in school--my kids' eyes were HUGE! Piper is a bad boy, but Piper is also a REAL boy, and he's a caring boy, too. My son so loved this book that if we went to the library and it was checked out, he was devastated! I have bought several copies of this book for my kids and their friends and nearly everyone I know who has grandchildren. It actually sort of gives kids "permission" to be their real, flawed selves and still be forgiven and loved. It's extremely honest and complex, as is life. It has value well into adulthood, in my view. LOVE IT!
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This is my absolute favorite Children's book! Growing up as a child, I would read this several times each summer and would laugh for hours at the expressions and the illustrations. The illustrations are brilliant. I think that deep down, we all share the desire to be as mischievous as Piper.
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This little gem of a children's book addresses the sometimes difficult relationships between parents and children with a dark humor that is hard to ignore. I have owned my copy of this book for years, and it has enough complexity to provide new meaning each time I read it. I have always found Piper Paw's world somewhat grim--perhaps the smudgey, black and white illustrations have something to do with this. His relationship with his parents, teachers and schoolmates is so antagonistic that I begin to wonder what made him so incapable of love--this of course is a conclusion I have reached recently, and not when I first read the book as a pre-teen. But Piper comes around at the end, if not completely, at least to a level of compromise that he can live with, which includes no kissing. Because of Piper's antics and some of the more bizarre illustrations, I would recommend this book for kids 9 years and older.
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This book was very cleverly written! My six year-old daughter and I laughed all the way through it. The pictures are hilarious. I would have enjoyed reading this book just for myself.
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This was my very favorite book in elementary school, and I bought a copy to share with my stepdaughter just a few years ago. The drawings are charming, and the writing is quite clever. The fact that the main character is basically a juvenile delinquent is somehow forgivable, perhaps because Piper Paw is a cat. But the family dynamic is undeniably real. And while we hope our kids won't turn into Piper, he and his family offer important lessons about love, family and compromise--and the importance of letting our kids (and parents) be who they are.

This is one of those books I never owned but never forgot. And long after I learned to read, I still wanted my dad to read it to me. I remember distinctly it had a few "big words" I had to ask him about. (Piper's father offers to build bookshelves when he discovers his son is keeping comic books in the bathroom--the elder Mr. Paw refers to this as "literature," a word with which I was unfamiliar.) This is what makes it a great book to share with children--it's one of those rare creations that is thoroughly enjoyable on both kid and grown-up levels. The aforementioned example gave my dad an opportunity to teach me a new word, and it sparked a discussion as to what actually constitutes literature. It also gave me an introduction to sarcasm. I'm sorry it's out of print, but there are plenty of used editions available. So order a dog-eared copy and love it to death a little more!
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This is a delightfully naughty story (a favorite of my mine as a child) about a mischievous cat named Piper. What little boy doesn't want to play practical jokes in school, get dirty in the playground and take apart things at home that shouldn't be taken apart at home? Well, Piper does just that and has no room for kisses from Mother!
This book is rated from 4 to 8 years old. If you're an adult, read on. It's a hoot no matter how old you are.
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Tomi Ungerer is just amazing. He's not everyone's cup of tea and that's what makes him so powerful. Great story. I have no idea what age it's good for. I'd say it is so painfully honest that anyone over the age of about 8 or 9 might have trouble handling the emotions it unlocks.
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My mother used to love to read this to me when I was a kid; we still have one of the earlier issues.
I'm glad it was re-released. It's a classic: recommended for adults as well as children.
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