What Color Is a Kiss?

What Color Is a Kiss? illus. by Rocio Bonilla. 32p. Charlesbridge. Dec. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781580897396.
PreS-Gr 1—This story follows Monica, a budding artist who tries to answer the titular question. She considers all the colors in her paint box and all the things and feelings associated with each, deciding afterward that a kiss couldn't be any of those colors. Unable to find the answer herself, she asks her mom. Mom answers by giving a kiss, and a rainbow of hearts fill the pages. The illustrations are mostly drawn, but they also incorporate mixed media and other styles of art. Similar titles with plenty of color and emotions include Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry and Dr. Seuss's My Many Colored Days.
VERDICT A sweet, vibrant story that will be best enjoyed one-on-one or as a small group read-aloud and art activity.

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