Too Many Kisses
Too Many Kisses
“Come here, my sweet poochiekins, my snuggly, buggly, little guy!” Mom said. She came running at me and smothered me with kisses. She hugged me so tight I almost couldn’t breathe. **note to self: don’t get too close to mom at school.
Too Many Kisses is a very sweet story about Bobby, a young bear cub, who thinks he is all grown-up and doesn’t need his mom’s over-the-top attention anymore, especially her kisses!
When Mom surprises Bobby with kissing attacks at school and at home, embarrassment steps in, and he starts planning ways to avoid her. When running away and hiding doesn’t work, Bobby comes up with a plan and asks his mom if she could high-five him instead. Although Mom is a little sad, she agrees to change her ways. Everything seems to be going well with the new plan, until Bobby finds himself lost and afraid and in need of his mom’s attention more than ever.
There are so many teaching points to the story, including telling someone when you feel uncomfortable and knowing when you need help and protection. Too Many Kisses will surely add to every home library and initiate conversation about growing up, but not too fast!
On a personal note, Too Many Kisses was published by Peppermint Toast Publishing in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and $2 from all sales will go towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and programs to care for those who have it. This reviewer’s son was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes at age 2, so Too Many Kisses would have had a prominent spot on our bookshelf. Plus she is still guilty of kissing attacks!
Shelly Quade is the Talent Lab Program Manager for the Whistler Film Festival, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she helps train and promote Canadian storytellers from her remote office.