Reviews for Won't You Be My Kissaroo?
Booklist Reviews 2004 June #1
PreS. On her birthday, a young sheep wakes to a present and lots of kisses from Mom. As she strolls through the neighborhood, she sees other animal parents and their offspring sharing kisses and cuddles, too. A gentle, rhyming text describes the different types of kisses she observes, from the sticky kiss mama and baby bear share after a sweet honey breakfast to the silly, wet kisses Puppy gives his parent. There's also a sense of the natural progression of a day, from sunrise ("A morning kiss is full of sun / and wishes for the day to come") to sundown ("A bedtime kiss will tuck you tight / and keep you cozy through the night"). In addition to supporting the concepts described in the text, Sweet's cheerful watercolor-and-collage illustrations depict a simple story line in which the young sheep is treated to a surprise birthday party thrown by her animal friends. Pair this with Time for Bed (1993), Mem Fox's lovely animal tale of parent-and-baby bedtime snuggling. ((Reviewed June 1 & 15, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
As a young lamb goes about his day, he witnesses various anthropomorphized animal pairs exchanging different sorts of kisses until he finds himself on the receiving end: "A gotcha kiss surprises you / with tickles and some giggles, too." Sweet's sure hand and eye for detail (check out the animals' duds) go a long way toward moderating the book's syrup factor. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 May #3
With tender rhyming couplets, winsome watercolors and a title that's the very definition of the proverbial offer you can't refuse, Ryder and Sweet (previously paired for A House by the Sea) catalogue the many different smooches shared by parents and offspring. Sweet's opening spread conveys the book's framing conceit: the full-bleed illustration features a lamb on her birthday. After receiving a congratulatory kiss from her mother at the start of the day, the lamb strolls around her rural neighborhood, enabling readers to see all the kisses being proffered by other animal families. Amid flowers, a butterfly baby offers a cheek to her parent: "A hello kiss is soft as rain./ It's good to see your face again." Over in the pond, a red-booted tadpole busses a frog: "A playful kiss will often squeak/ and make a pop! upon your cheek." The story is tied up as neatly as a ribbon on a birthday present, with the lamb's journey ending at a surprise party populated by the young animals featured in the previous spreads. Sweet's pastel-toned watercolors reflect the sunlight and friskiness of springtime, while her simple, large-scale shapes and tightly framed compositions bring readers into the thick of the kissable moments. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 June
PreS-Gr 2-A little lamb's birthday dawns sunflower bright, with a special gift, a kiss, and a request from his loving parent: "Won't you be my kissaroo?" Colorfully clad animal friends are just as lucky, receiving special kisses ("A morning kiss- full of sun-. A breakfast kiss- nice and sweet.- A hello kiss- soft as rain-") from their own caring grown-ups. Sweet's large, charmingly simple watercolor, pencil, and collage pictures have an appealing primary-grade sensibility and are awash with a golden-sunlight glow and a sort of innocent awe. They combine beautifully with Ryder's easy rhyming text to invite readers to join the bear, bunny, butterfly, puppy, kitten, and funny frog in red boots who gather to surprise their woolly friend to celebrate his happy day. Finally, the sleepy-eyed young sheep is tucked into bed, and, while fireflies punctuate the night-blue sky outside his window, he receives a cozy kiss and a reprise of the question of the day: "So- Won't you be my kissaroo?/And every day, the whole day through,/we'll share new kisses-/me and you!" A feel-good choice for sharing one-on-one or with a group, and a high-quality addition to the kisses-and-hugs collection.-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.