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Jul 18 2008

Kisses are yuk by Julia Jarman

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Ill. by Erica-Jane Waters. Hodder Children's Books, 2008.
(Age 5-8) Jack really hates being kissed. He loves getting a pat on the back for his sporting prowess and bravery but kisses are not the thing for him. He can't get away from them in his big family. He is appalled with Auntie Poppy's sloppy kisses while Uncle Mickey's kisses are sticky and Cousin Lily's are licky. So he makes up a rule:
'Absolutely no kisses at all, or stoking my hair, or poking my tum, or squeezing my knees, or patting my bum.'

The rhythm in this story makes it wonderful to read aloud. Young children will giggle at the zany humour and adults will have a grin on their faces as they read. The entertaining illustrations will keep the reader engrossed while examining the amusing portraits of all Jack's family - and Jack's secret habit is enchanting.
Pat Pledger

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