We humans smooch with our lips. But how do giraffes, whales, hummingbirds, tree frogs, and other creatures kiss? It's fun to wonder about and to see in the pages of this charming book, which includes facts about each animal at the end. Perfect for Valentine's Day and all year round.
A grasshopper mouth opens east-west but not south. They're like scissors for chopping up leaves. "Don't try to hide from a kiss on its side," says grandpa grasshopper to nymphs. How would a grasshopper kiss?
Whichever it is, this much is true. When we say goodnight, I love all kinds of kisses from you!
About the Author
Heather Swain's books for young readers include Me, My Elf and I, and Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire. Hungry is her first novel for teens. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.
Steven Henry is the illustrator of the beloved Ella the Elegant Elephant books (as Steven D'Amico), written by Carmela D'Amico, and Hanukkah Hop, written by Erica Silverman. His work has also appeared on PBS Kids, Nick Jr., and the Disney Channel. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
"Swaininvites readers to contemplate the types of kisses 11 animals might bestow on each other, based on their distinctive mouths, beaks, tongues, and jaws. A grasshopper's mouth, for instance, is 'like scissors for chopping up leaves.... How would a grasshopper kiss?' ... What is consistent is the tenderness between the adult animals and their offspring, as captured in Henry's (It's Raining Bats and Cats) rough-edged, mid-20th-century-retro portraits. A closing spread offers additional details about the sun bears, porpoises, chubsuckers, and other features creatures." —Publishers Weekly