The boys and girls at my storytime this week loved this book by Margaret Wild about a baby hippopotamus who chases after a dragonfly and goes on a journey where he hears “kiss kiss” as each of the baby animals kiss their mothers before they go out to play. Suddenly baby hippo realizes that he forgot something and retraces his steps home to Mama who is bathing in hidden in the deep water. Suddenly “Out of the deep, deep water appeared two eyes, two wiggling ears, and a pair of snorting nostrils. ‘Peekaboo!’ said Mama”, then she happily joins baby hippo for a “Kiss, kiss!” The illustrations are bold, bright and striking and the children loved them and the story. This one was good for the whole group aged 2-7 and they loved to make the “kiss kiss” sounds as baby hippo went through the savanna! Secretly, I quite enjoyed this book too and am going to try to find some of her other books at the library this week that the storytime group of kids and their parents might enjoy.
Kiss, Kiss! By Margaret Wild
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004, c2003.
* Illustrations by: Bridget Strevens-Marzo