Reading level: Ages 2-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Orchard Books;
1 edition (January 1, 2008)
… Matilda Rose has lost her kisses. She is determined to find them before her dad comes home. But where do you find kisses? And what do kisses look like? …
This is the very endearing story of Matilda, a sweet cow who loves to give real “smoocheroos”. One day she loses her kisses and has to look for them before she meets her dad at the airport, who is returning from a trip. We learn how kisses feel, taste and sound to Matilda as she desperately searches. Her descriptions of kisses certainly touch the spot, bringing smiles to your face.
Nick Bland’s illustrations are very sweet and somewhat reminiscent of the Olivia series, which are illustrated by Ian Falconer. The soft black and white pictures are enhanced by a little color, giving off just the perfect amount of charm.
This book would be great for any young girl – but especially those whose fathers work long hours or travel. Such a beautiful ending, with a chance that she may have had her kisses with her the whole time. Perhaps kisses are always in your heart – “MWA!”