There's nothing like a cuddle and a kiss from mom and dad, but how do other animals, birds, and even fish kiss their young? Eleven creatures are depicted on two page spreads, each with a different way kissing and showing affection to their young. There is a brief description of the each creatures mouth and why is it the way it is: "Red crossbill birds has twisted beaks to tweeze tines seeds out of cones" and ends with the question "How would a crossbill kiss?" This is the same pattern throughout the book. This is a nice introduction to these eleven different creatures, but, although each kind of kiss is described in rhythmic stanzas, they are a little uneven. Still, it is a fun board book, though maybe a little wordy for the youngest kids. And the boldly colored illustrations are a real compliment to the text.
Rhyming text that tries too hard to rhyme. The illustrations are fabulous, but the text is just ridiculous. For example, "The piranha's maw has a fine jutting jaw for nibbling on fish fins and fruit. 'I'm coming in for a peck on the chin,' says papa piranha. 'You're cute!' How would a piranha kiss?" Then a couple spreads later: "The sweet little tree frog has no lips for a snog, but her tongue shoots out like a spring. 'Stand back,' says her mother, 'cause one way or another, I'm getting a smooch with this thing.' How would a tree frog kiss?" Ugh, just ugh. No, I will not be using this one for story time at the library. One star for the story, the second one is for the illustrations.
Beautiful illustrations and well-matched choice of font; easy and natural integration of animal biology into a fun picture book, and a helpful author's note at the back with more information on each animal readers 'meet' throughout the story.