The Best Kind of Kiss

What It Is

This new release book by a first-time children’s author is about all kinds of kisses. Of course, there are big kisses and small kisses, but there are also fluttery kisses and petal kisses. And, there are smelly-yelly-brother kisses and rosy-cozy-grandma kisses. The young female narrator and subject of the book takes readers through a wide variety of smooches. With a kiss for basically everything, living and otherwise, that the little girl encounters during her day, her very favorite kiss happens towards the evening when her “big bristly growly” daddy walks through the door!

Why It’s Fun

The author and illustrator apparently have a terrific chemistry that make this book delightfully whimsical, charming and funny all at the same time. The bright color palette makes it a fantastic picture book that young children will love to look at over and over again. I can also imagine little ones memorizing the book and “reading” along with mom or dad. I’d even go so far as to say that Margaret Allum’s text reads like some of the more modern classics such as Guess How Much I Love You and Good Night Moon.

Who’s Going To Love It

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect gift for your favorite toddler or preschooler, and is sure to be a year-round favorite. The simple text also makes it a great pick for beginning readers. My first-grader loved reading it to her dad. And, she even kept the ending a surprise!

Reading Time

About 2 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

10 out of 10

Book Information

Written by: Margaret Allum; Illustrations by Jonathan Bentley
Published by: Walker & Company (2011)
Approximate retail price: $14.99
Publisher’s recommended ages: 3-6


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