Saturday, January 7, 2023

Review: Mom's Hugs and Kisses by Christophe Loupy

Genre: Children's 1-8
Published: March 14, 2023
Pages: 40

One of NorthSouth’s bestselling titles—sweet as a kiss—tells the story of a puppy named Hugs and his discovery that the best love of all comes from his mother.

A puppy named “Hugs” decides to visit each animal on the farm to find out which animal gives the best kiss. From duck, to rabbit, to butterfly, and pig and horse, he goes. All are all happy to oblige. The pup discovers the horse’s kiss is a little wet and sticky, but nice and warm. The rabbit’s kiss is a little wiggly, but quite soft. Who will have the best kiss? He collects lots of wonderful nuzzles, but when he returns home, he discovers that the best kiss of all is the one he gets from his loving mother.

Like a kiss itself, this tale may well be the subject of repeated requests. 

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a cute little story about a puppy that goes on a mission to find out what different animals kisses are like. He asks for and receives kisses from several different animals on the farm. Each kiss is different, but good in some way. Then he gets home to get the best kiss of all from his mom.

The storytelling in this was very repetitive, making it a good book for a budding reader. It's not See Spot Run levels of repetition, but the repetition is there to build confidence.

The illustrations were soft and flowy feeling. They kind of reminded me of kids' books from my childhood, like the Little Golden Books illustrations. I'd be okay rereading this book a few times, but I wouldn't want to do it too often. 

Overall I give this book 3.9 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Christophe Loupy was born in France. He began his career creating comic strips and now works as a nursery-school teacher, a program director for a French publisher, and writer of picture books, novels, and filmscripts.

Eve Tharlet was born in France but spent much of her childhood in Germany. After graduating from the Superior School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, France, she began working as a freelance illustrator in 1981 and quickly received international acclaim. Her big breakthrough came with the series about Davy, the cute and cheeky bunny, which propelled her name around the world.

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