Review: A Kiss For You! by Joan Holub
Reading level: Ages 0 and up
Board book: 14 pages
Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2011)
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.
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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.