Thursday, May 16, 2013

Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts and David Legge

Baby Bear doesn't want to go to bed and he doesn't want to give Daddy a good night kiss. The way that Daddy Bear takes this in stride and gets Baby Bear to complete his bedtime routine is an inspiration for all parents and makes for a wonderful story :-) The book has lots of fun animals in it and great use of repetition to build language skills in little ones.

Kisses for Daddy is one of those books that is an absolute pleasure to share with your child. It is a real romp of a story, with lots of opportunities to share hugs, tickles, kisses and laughs with your child. The rhythm of the story is also excellent, so it is a nice story to read aloud. Maximilian just loves it and there are pages in this book that always get a laugh, no matter how tired or overwrought he is. We've been enjoying it now for at least six months, so it's definitely good for babies 12 months and up.

The illustrations are just amazing, and the more time you spend reading this book and looking at the fabulous illustrations, the more you are rewarded. As the story follows the different animal kisses that Daddy and Baby Bear enjoy, each of the animals can be found in the corresponding illustrations - so as your child gets older, you can play find the animal games and all sorts of other fun things.

I am sure this is going to remain a favourite story in our house for years to come! Definitely a five star picture book - I will definitely be looking for more books by Frances Watts and David Legge (and while writing this I've just found out they've got another one - hooray!)

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