cover image Kiss, Kiss

Kiss, Kiss

Jennifer Couëlle, trans. from the French by Karen Simon, illus. by Jacques Laplante. Pajama (IPS, dist.), $12.95 (24p) ISBN 978-1-927485-86-6

Couëlle and Laplante celebrate kisses, be they big or small, quick or “slurpy.” Both the writing and artwork have a sweetly haphazard quality—Laplante’s scraggly illustrations look authentically kid-drawn, the meter of Couëlle’s verse varies wildly, and she sneaks in a few extemporaneous unrhymed moments. “Some kisses make noises: big ones like... smooch! And little ones like... peck!” she writes as a startled dog’s ear raises in alarm while a doting grandmother kisses her granddaughter’s forehead. Whether kisses are meant to mitigate soccer injuries or signal hello or goodbye, Couëlle and Laplante make it clear that “a shower of kisses never misses.” Ages 3–6. (Dec.)