Patricelli, Leslie. Huggy Kissy. Book Review

Click here to buy Huggy Kissy

This small board book is illustrated with brightly colored, comic illustrations on red, purple, and orange backgrounds. It features an adorable little baby in a diaper with a single curl on top of his head. The illustrations tell as much of the story as the words do.

The first page says, “Tuggy, tuggy.” It shows a sad baby tugging on his father’s pant leg. His father is carrying a basket of laundry. On the second page, the baby holds his arms up and asks, “Huggy, huggy?” From that moment on, his mother and father and other members of the family joyfully hug, kiss, and play with the smiling baby. At the end, mom, dad, baby,, and dog are all hugging on the rug. Is a double spread illustration of the baby smiling widely and holding up his arms, “Will you give me a kissy and a huggy?” At the end, there is a double page about “more huggies and kissies” with eight small examples.

Huggy Kissy is delightful, both funny and sweet. My 19-month-old granddaughter loved it on the first read and insisted I read it three more times in a row. Every toddler loves to be hugged and kissed by his family. This wonderful story shows how the baby’s family puts his emotional needs in the forefront. It is a perfect story to read while bonding with your little one.


Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages