By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 12, 2011
A Kiss for You! by Joan Holub.
This is an adorable and interactive treat for the little love-bugs in your life.
Reading level: Ages 1-6
Board book: 14 pages
Book overview: There are so many things a little hand can do: like blow a kiss, say hello, or hold you tight. A sweet, simple, innovative novelty, perfect for little kids. A die-cut hand on the front cover can be used throughout the book to help pat the puppy or give a high five! The shaped hand has a magnet embedded inside it to keep the cover neatly closed.
A note from the author: This book began four years ago as a way to empower young children by showing the many important, loving things little hands can do. In fact, the original title was What Can A Little Hand Do? My editor loved the idea of blowing a kiss, which I had on one of the inside pages. So the title became A KISS FOR YOU! I made numerous dummies of the book to figure out the best way for the hand to move as a lift-the-flap which folds down on each page in turn, and Scholastic had the idea of adding a magnet so the hand would stay in place easily, until lifted. Caroline Jayne Church’s (I LOVE YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH) adorable illustrations added just the right touch that brought the story alive. I hope you and your child enjoy this book, which so many loving hands and minds came together to create!
About the author: Joan Holub is the author of over 130 books including eight in the Goddess Girls series: Athena the Brain, Persephone the Phony, Aphrodite the Beauty, Artemis the Brave, Athena the Wise, Aphrodite the Diva, Artemis the Loyal, Medusa the Mean. (ages 8-12; co-written with pal Suzanne Williams). Coming soon: Zero the Hero (illus by Tom Lichtenheld 2-2012, Henry Holt & Co); Wagons Ho! (Albert Whitman & Co 2011); Who Was Babe Ruth? (2012). Her other books include: Groundhog Weather School; Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars; and The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School.