Wednesday, September 21, 2016

5 Star Children's Book Review: Kangaroo Kisses (Nandana Dev Sen)

Book: Kangaroo Kisses
Author: Nandana Dev Sen
Illustrator: Pippa Curnick
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books (
$17.99-Hardcover // ISBN: 978-1910959008

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It's time for… BED!Not yet!If I tickle Giraffe,she'll giggle and laugh!Then I'll brush furry Bear...Please brush your own HAIR!
This fun and playful book is a lovely mix of fantasy and real life as one mischievous child delays getting ready for bed, and has some amazing wildlife encounters along the way!
Delightful read-aloud picture book from an internationally renowned actress and a Child's Rights Ambassador
Exciting bedtime adventure, full of imaginative play as the child’s toys become real wild animals
A perfect picture book for reading aloud at bedtime – or any time.

Nandana Dev Sen, daughter of Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen and Bengali writer Nabanita Dev, is an acclaimed international film actress, Indian writer and children's rights activist. After studying literature at Harvard, she worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a poetry translator, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. Nandana has starred in over 20 feature films, is the author of Mambi and the Forest Fire, and a frequent contributor to newspapers and journals. She works with children (and grown-ups) at UNICEF, Operation Smile, and RAHI to fight against child abuse. Kangaroo Kisses is Nandana Sen’s debut children’s book in the UK. Nandana lives in New York, London, and Kolkata (India), and loves to eat, bike, rhyme, dance, and argue.

Pippa Curnick

I grew up in rural Essex, UK, and spent most of my childhood climbing trees, jumping over ditches and daydreaming in my treehouse.
I studied at Camberwell College of Art before graduating from the University of Derby with a First Class degree in illustration.
Children's illustration and typography design are amongst my main interests. I draw my inspiration from long walks in the woods, and can often be found scribbling ideas in my sketchbook.
Illustration Clients include: Oxford University Press, Jumping Jack Press (Up With Paper)
Lonely Planet Kids, Crocodile Creek, Symmetry, David Gibb, and Storytime Magazine.
Design clients include Alison Green Books, Scholastic Children's Books & Patchwork Owl Photography.
I currently live in Derbyshire with my ever-expanding menagerie of pets.
For the last two years I have worked as a Designer for a London based publishing house, surrounded by lovely people and equally lovely books. I am now available as a freelance Illustrator and Designer.

"NO, now I'll kiss you! 
Will you turn out the light, and hug me good night?"
I love you, I do!"

Kangaroo Kisses is a beautifully written children's books with vivid, bright, colorful illustrations. Kangaroo Kisses follows a young girl's nighttime routine and the many ways she tries to get out of going to bed. She goes on so many fun adventures with interesting animals that help her to get out of going to sleep. I loved how the little girl uses her imagination to create wild adventures with the stuffed animals in her room by pretending they are real.

Kangaroo Kisses is the perfect bedtime story for young children and would be great for parents to read to their kids as a bedtime routine. This book shows kids the steps for getting ready to go to bed and how at the end of the day....bedtime can be fun! 

I love the illustrations in this book because they are so colorful and attractive and not to mention that the animals in the book are adorable! The front and back pages of the book are filled with all different kinds of animals and would make for a fun interaction between parents and kids by picking out and talking about each animal. 

I would recommend Kangaroo Kisses to any parent who enjoys reading to their kids at night and who has a bedtime routine that they like to instill with their children. 

I also love the fact that the author of this book is a Child's Rights Ambassador and believes in the rights and safety of children. 

** Kangaroo Kisses is one of the launch titles for Otter-Barry Books, an exciting new children's imprint aiming to make a difference, push boundaries, and publish books that children will love, and which will be welcomed by booksellers, libraries and schools worldwide. **

~ Praise for Kangaroo Kisses ~

"Smiles and wild creatures abound in this playful mother-child bedtime routine. A warm and spirited invitation to dreamland." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"It's full of fun and captures perfectly a child's reluctance to stop having fun and simply go to sleep." ~ Parents In Touch (UK)

"A charming bedtime story in verse that's easy to read and easy to share, with lots of lively and colorful animal illustrations on every page." ~ Booktrust (Largest Reading Charity in UK)


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