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My Auntie and Uncle are teachers and therefore every birthday and Christmas my girls always get given a book from them which is fine by me as I am a great believer in encouraging reading and both my daughters love story time too.
The book has a RRP of £5.99 which is a normal price for a book like this, the book is written by Joanna Walsh and illustrated by Giuditta Gaviraghi neither of which I have heard of before.
The book is a decent size about 30cms square which makes it an ideal book for sharing with young children as there is no fighting over who can see what picture and there is no need for me to try and manoeuvre the book so I can see the text, I always prefer bigger books for this reason and since generally I have a child on either side of me at storytime.
The front cover of the book of the book shows a large elephant whose head takes up the majority of the front cover, there is a small penguin sat within the elephants trunk with tiny little love hearts surrounding him. The name of the book is across the top of the book with a little love heart about the I which is pretty cute and is in shiny pink material.
The book doesn't really have a storyline to it, the text describes all the different types of kisses and how different animals kiss. To give you an idea this is some text from the book, "Some kisses are misses, they land on the ear or near. But kisses with lipstick stick like... a kiss with honey, a kiss that's yummy, a kiss on the elbow, a kiss on the tummy. As you can see they is no story and some of it just seems as though the author is looking for words to rhyme.
The pictures in the book are big and bold and mainly of different animals, there is not much detailing on the pictures and the little penguin from the front cover appears on numerous pages through the book.
The book ends with the text "I have had all these kisses, and lots more too. But the very best kiss is a kiss from you" The ending of the book is nice in my opinion but it doesn't really make up for the rest of the book.
I have read this book with my daughters and my eldest told me the book was silly, my youngest daughter got pretty fidgety through the book and there wasn't much to keep her attention, we used the book to point out different animals but she has never got the book out to read again and we read about 3 or 4 times on a day when I am off with her so I can tell which books she enjoys as they get pulled out over and over again. This book isn't the best, there is nothing really bad about the book but there is just no story to it which myself and my girls all prefer.