Catch a Kiss

Izzie just loves when her mama blows her kisses to catch. Smooch kisses, zig-zag kisses, and even triple decker kisses! But even though she runs and leaps for it, Izzie misses a kiss! Her heart sinks as she watches it zip higher and higher into the sky. When Mama lets Izzie in on a sweet secret she realizes that her mama's love will always come to find her, no matter what! This silly and tender story is a universal one of a parent's love.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey E
Lexile AD550L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level K
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585369614), Boardbook (9781534111547), PDF (9781634709231), Hosted ebook (9781634709255)
Copyright 2016, 2021
Number of Pages 32, 16
Dimensions 10 x 10, 6 x 6
Graphics Full-color illustrations

School Library Journal - Catch A Kiss (Board Book)

Mama blows three kisses to her daughter Izzie. The little girl catches the first two but misses the third. She is distraught until Mama explains that the kiss will always reach her. Izzie returns her mother’s unconditional love with a hug. This edition is adapted from a 2016 title into a shorter board book format. The wordy text is meant to be shared between a parent and child; however, action words like “zoom” and exclamations like “got it!” stand out in large, stylized letters, prompting the child to take part in the story. The artwork employs soft outlines and a welcoming pastel pink and green palette. Mama and Izzie have large, expressive eyes. Mama’s kisses are not depicted, allowing readers to use their imagination, just as they might when blown a kiss in real life. An absence of backgrounds gives the gentle pictures room to stand out against white space. VERDICT A sweet story, this will replace worn copies of the original and reach a new, younger audience.

School Library Journal - Catch a Kiss

This sweet story is a perfect companion to Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand. Mama and Izzie are relaxing on a blanket when they begin a game of blowing kisses to each other. The kisses come in all shapes: round, zigzag, triple-decker, and shiny. At one point Izzie misses a kiss and tries in vain to chase it. Her mother comforts her with the reassuring message that Mama-kisses will always find their way to her. The illustrations are as gentle and soothing as the tale itself, though depictions of the kisses themselves are noticeably absent. This could be a distraction, or it could be an opportunity for a postreading art activity. VERDICT A warm and reassuring book for lapsits and one-on-one sharing.

Kirkus Reviews - Catch a Kiss

Mama and Izzie play at blowing kisses in the garden. Mama’s first kiss, a “tiny, round” one, alights on the tip of Izzie’s nose. Izzie catches the second, a “zigzag” one, in the crook of her elbow. But when Mama sends a triple-decker, Izzie’s able to catch only the first two, distressing the little girl. She jumps and flaps to no avail. Mama holds her daughter close to comfort her; she points “to a tiny sparkle high in the sky” that drifts down “in a shimmery glitter.” It’s just as Mama says: “Mama-kisses ALWAYS come find you.” As stories go, this is a slight but sweet one, a candy-floss variation on zillions of others. But McLeod’s delicate, fine-lined watercolors elevate it in depicting its loving mother-daughter pair with medium-brown skin, brown eyes, and ebullient brown curls (Izzie’s a little bit more unruly than her mama’s). Though nothing in the text points to specific ethnicity, in a sea of mother-love books featuring either white characters or cute, fuzzy animals, this twosome is a downright refreshing discovery. Broad-leaved plants and waving tendrils give their garden almost an underwater look; Izzie’s shift appears to be made of the same pink fabric as her mother’s blouse. McLeod never depicts the errant kiss, leaving both Izzie and readers to imagine it as they will. A sweet mother-daughter idyll that provides a mirror for any number of brown-skinned readers. (Picture book. 3-6)

Author: Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen has written many children’s picture books, including the New York Times-bestselling The Pout-Pout Fish, and Catch A Kiss. She loves playing with words and rhymes and rhythms. She has worked as a bookseller, a bookkeeper, and a reference librarian. She and her family live in Michigan.

Illustrator: Kris Aro McLeod

Kris Aro McLeod is an elementary school art teacher, freelance author and illustrator, amateur chef, mountain hiker, and enthusiastic bookworm. She lives in Davis, California.

Narrator: Lauren McCullough

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