This, from the back cover, sets up the premise of this book, which uses a clever, split-page format:
Buzzy, bubbly, long, or small,
whose is the best kiss of all?
Can you guess?
A giraffe kiss is gentle and tall. . .
(Giraffe tot pictured on left; parent on right. Turn the split-page flap . . .)
(Giraffe tot and parent kiss.)
A mouse kiss is quick and small. . .
(Parent mouse on left; tot mouse on right. Turn the flap…)
(Mouse tot and parent kiss.)
I waited till now to mention that this is not a board book. But it does read like one and could easily be transformed into one in the future. The art is simple and fresh, with cute characters that aren’t syrupy-cute. The book ends with a spread filled with hearts of many sizes, including a giant sparkly one in the middle.
Author-illustrator: Mary Murphy
Candlewick Press, 2012