Friday, September 20th, 2019

Little Kisses


Little Kisses, by Jolie Jones

Kindergarten-Grade 2–An amiable, rambling story that has more charm than plot. Narrated by a dog named Bejinhos, which means Little Kisses in Brazil, the tale takes children through a day in the life of a pet and his girl, Jolie. The two friends get up, talk, try on clothes, eat, brush their teeth, and take a walk. A cautionary refrain, Those are the rules, is brought home when Bejinhos gets into a serious scrape while Jolie is at school. This would be a story to smile at and pass by if not for the eye-catching, cuddly watercolor illustrations. Downing captures the pup’s adoring enthusiasm, and readers will want to take him home. The real Bejinhos, though, belongs to Jolie Jones, daughter of musician Quincy Jones and a singer/producer as well as a writer.–Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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