Review: A Kiss For You! by Joan Holub

| December 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

By Nina Schuyler, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 28, 2011

A Kiss For You!

By Joan Holub; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Reading level: Ages 0 and up

Board book: 14 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

I started reading to my infant son from the moment he could keep his eyes open. For selfish reasons, really. I love to read. I even read magazine advertisements (usually looking for typos). One day, coming out of my fog of selfishness, I saw my son really liked books. His whole body surged with energy, limbs stiffening, eyes opening, a big grin spreading on his pink bow lips when I picked up a book.

Now he’s seven months and has a deep and profound relationship with books, so deep that he wants to grab the book, hug it, bring it to his mouth and chew on it. A Kiss For You! By Joan Holub and Caroline Jayne Church Is the perfect board book if you’ve got a kid who’s formed such a relationship with books. A large hand wraps from the back of the book to the cover. To begin reading, you lift the cardboard hand and open the book and then a whole world of magic begins. You can move the cardboard hand to pat a puppy, wave hello and good-bye, blow a kiss, hold a teddy, and play peek-a-boo. I swear by the end of this book, my little guy was waving to me, the book, the world.

Add this book to your collection: A Kiss For You!

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Nina Schuyler‘s first novel, The Painting, (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill/2004), was a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards. It was also selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Best Books for 2004 and a “Great Debut from 2004” by the Rocky Mountain News. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and is working on a third novel.

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Nina Schulyer’s new novel, The Translator, has received starred reviews from Booklist and Shelf Awareness. Her first novel, The Painting, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award and was named a ‘Best Book’ by the San Francisco Chronicle. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco. For more information, visit her at

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