If you’re looking for winter evening reads, This Is The Kiss is a beautiful bed time book for little ones, all about the bears’ bed time routine. Written by Claire Harcup and illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo, This Is The Kiss is a gorgeous book to add to your collection.
The story goes about getting ready for bed after a fun day, and goes through the touch, the smile, the cleaning off, and getting ready for bed.
The large text in the book is very simple, very rhythmic and there’s a lot of repetition, which makes it perfect for little ones. It’s the ideal book to read when you’ve had a smooth and pleasant transition from day to night.
The story ends with a hug and a kiss goodnight, and one cozy sleeping baby bear.
In terms of reading time, it probably takes less than 3 – 4 minutes, depending on whether you stop to explore the images or just read straight through.
It’s also a lovely book for young readers to read back to you, since there’s very little text, so it is easily achievable.
The pencil drawings style by Gabriel Alborozo are simple and beautiful and the colours are all light, pale, peaceful – perfect for getting children, and possibly parents, off to a peaceful night’s sleep. (We can hope)
I think the best words to describe this book are ‘charming’ and ‘warm’. It is a bit like a cuddle between two hard covers. And it’s definitely one for the bed time bookshelf and for any reading themes around “love” for February too!
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Age Range: 2-5
- Publisher: Walker Books (5 Jan. 2017)