Kiss, Kiss!
Reviewed by Sally Murphy
Delightful new picture book.
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When Baby Hippo wakes up he hurries off to play, without stopping to give his mother a kiss. Leaving his disappointed mum behind, he waddles through the mud, around the bumpy rocks, up the mossy bank and under the leafy trees.

Everywhere he goes, Baby Hippo hears the same sound - 'Kiss, kiss!' - as the other baby animals kiss their parents good morning. When he remembers that he's forgotten to do the same, he hurries home. But where is his mother?

Kiss, Kiss! is a delightful new offering from acclaimed author Margaret Wild. The text is simple and rhythmic, with youngsters able to predict the 'Kiss, kiss," repeated throughout the story. The illustrations of Bridget Strevens-Marzo are a perfect complement, with the gentle colours of nature and an endearing Baby Hippo. A lovely work.

Kiss, Kiss!, by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo, Little Hare, 2003