What We’re Reading: Kisses for Daddy and Fanny

Two reviews of charming books for What We’re Reading Wednesday from our SK review team:

Baby and Toddler

from Catherine (Adventures with Kids)

Kisses for Daddy, by Frances Watts and David Legge

kissesBaby Bear is grumbly, so when Daddy Bear asks him to give mum and dad a big bear kiss and get ready for bed, he says ‘No, no kisses for Daddy’.  But Daddy Bear is not deterred, maybe he can have a koala kiss, or a crocodile kiss, or a bat kiss?  But no, no kisses for daddy.  Will Daddy Bear get a kiss?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!

This book is adorable.  A reminder for parents that a bit of humour can help when there’s a conflict with your child.  A chance for your toddler to read along and practise saying ‘”no” without confrontation.  And an opportunity for a few hugs and kisses as you role play how different animals might kiss their baby.  This book is perfect to read for bedtime on those nights when you’ve had a long day and you’re not sure you want to read stories, because it is sure to put a smile on your face.


from Emily (Homespun Light)

fannyFanny by Holly Hobbie is about a crafty little girl who desperately wants a Connie doll. After all, everyone has them. Fanny’s mom, however, is not such a big fan of the dolls. Fanny is upset that she can’t have a Connie, but then she takes matters into her own hands and sews her own doll. When it’s done, Fanny decides it doesn’t look like a Connie after all. Thus, Annabell is created.

Fanny’s friends aren’t so keen on her little creation, and for a bit, Fanny isn’t sure she loves her funny-looking doll, either. At night, Fanny starts to wonder if Annabell is lonely or afraid. She pulls her out of the drawer and snuggles her, feeling how soft and cuddly she is. From then on, they are inseparable.

Readers of the book will enjoy playing with their own paper doll Annabells included with this book!

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  1. Our family discovered “Fanny” at our library a few months ago. My son wasn’t that excited about it at first but then asked for many repeat reads. I look forward to when my daughter is a little older and I’ll read it to her again.

    Our family also like her Toot and Puddle books and the Toot and Puddle activity pages in the Little Kids National Geographic.
    .-= Patti Jo´s last blog ..My Little Smarty =-.

  2. Kisses for Daddy sounds sweet! Would be perfect for my husband to read with my one year old.
    .-= Emily @ The Pilot’s Wife´s last blog ..Birthday Bash: Part 2 =-.

  3. I’ve loved Toot & Puddle for years, and was so excited when Fanny came out. I checked it out of the library for my two year old daughter and she loved it so much that she tried to make her own doll out of one of my sewing projects. I blogged about the results a month or so ago. We really enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to reading her new Fanny book too.
    .-= Fun Mama – Deanna´s last blog ..How to Get Over a Funk =-.

  4. OK I’m am laughing at myself right now – when you said you were reading Holly Hobby’s fanny, I thought it was some kind of weird Holly Hobby (the little girl/doll) adult book about body image and toys we have or something. Sorry I might laugh all day about Holly Hobby’s fanny. The real book sounds cute. Love the blog by the way…
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..Batty =-.

    • Okay, now I am laughing! I totally did not think of that. I was going for that whole SEO thing in the title (making this post more prominent for those searching for Holly Hobbie) and yeah, I just didn’t even see the funniness there!!

      Changing it now . . .