Besame Mucho! The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh
KISSES ON NOSES,
KISSES ON TOESIES,
SUDDEN KISSES WHEN YOU LEAST SUPPOSES.
In her just-published The Biggest Kiss (Paula Wiseman Books) (Simon & Schuster, 2011) Joanna Walsh doesn't hesitate to go for sweet and cute in her new book celebrating the kiss.
"Everybody's doing it!" she seems to be saying, and her free-wheeling rhyming text playfully pulls out all the stops, varying meter and rhyme scheme, but sacrificing nothing in a headlong tour of the animal kingdom. Frog princes sell kisses to assorted fauna, and ants share a smooch perched on an azure elephant's trunk, while the elephant reaches off-page for a buddy to buss.
DO WORMS KISS UNDERGROUND,
WITH THE SOIL ALL AROUND?
But after a romantic roam through the animal kingdom, Walsh brings it home, with a the mother penguin narrator cuddling her little one with a reassuring penguin kiss:
BUT THE BEST KISS...
... IS A KISS FROM YOU!
The fun of Walsh's joyful verse is extended by Judi Abbott's cuddly, rounded critters and bright palette, producing an altogether heart-y book for sharing between adults and little ones.