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How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  54 reviews
"How many kisses do you want tonight?" the animals ask, snuggling critters tight. This adorable counting bedtime book celebrates the special ritual of goodnight kisses. Children and baby animals request from one to a million kisses from their parents when they settle in for the night. The simple, rhyming text makes for a perfect read aloud. ...more
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
A little long and some of the rhyming is forced. It's cute and young children can relate; my class of one and two year olds likes it. ...more
Freddie D
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bedtime
I thought this was incredibly sweet and I loved that there was a mixture of nurturing mothers and fathers featured. However, it lost its appeal in the last few pages, with the unnecessarily gendered pages: "princess pink" and "brave knight". I would like to think we've moved past sort of stereotypes.
Mem Fox's Time for Bed does a lot better job of a similar concept.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: skylar
Cute book especially for around bedtime. Very sweet book. If I was being picky I would say I wish they would mix up who put the kids to bed. For boys mommy always put to bed and for girls dad always did. My daughter enjoyed reading it.
Him want 21 please!!, says Ted!
No Ted, it's not a question, it's the name of a book., says Baby Roo
What's the name of the book?, asks Ted
How many kisses do you want tonight?
Him want 21, please!

oh Ted!!
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So precious & delightful! The illustrations are beautiful and it's a perfect end to the day ❤ ...more
A. Foster
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good counting book inside a story book plot...
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: skylar
Book about different animals getting kisses from their parents.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: _rylee
Read by Nanna
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Perfect for kids younger than 3 - my family read it because it is from a Houston author. We liked the illustrations but my 6yo noticed how it always matched up boys to dad and girls to mom.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute and sweet book
Beth (FebruaryFilly)
Bedtime rituals; stalling
DiAnne Warfield
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
PJ story time 02-12-2020
Marissa Reyes
Aug 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
The text How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight? by Varsha Bajaj is written to help children learn the numerical system of counting. Although the illustrations were very colorful and eye popping I did not like that as the author increased with the number line the pictures did not indicate a change in numbers. For example when the author got to number five the illustration only showed two figures. So children who need to physically count out the figures to understand what is being said they will not ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
Animal parents ask their young "'How many kisses do you want...?'" and each little one responds with a rhyme.

"'I want ONE,' laughs Little Bear
'A big, loud kiss on my soft, brown hair.'"

And so it goes on up to a little bunny asking for ten kisses, when the children take over and the numbers one through ten just aren't enough. Lovely illustrations accompany the rhymes. I also like that some of the animal (and human) parents are mothers and some are fathers. Likewise for the young. A girl and a boy
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a nice picture book and bedtime story for little ones with lovely illustrations, rhythm, and rhyme. It's a great counting book as well. My daughter loved the adorable animal pictures, but of all the cute little furry baby critters, the kittens were her favorite. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has young children to kiss tuck into bed, thumbs up! Check it out! ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
If I read one more board book with bad rhyme, I might cry. Bajaj messes with syntax to make rhymes fit: “’How many kisses do you want, young fellow?’ Mommy Duck asks, fluffing Little Duck yellow.” And at other points loses the pentametric rhythm to make a sentence work: “‘I want FIVE.’ she says with a neigh, settling down in her warm bed of hey.”
M. E.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all: sweet pictures, fun rhymes, and a great way to reinforce numbers. With the K classes, we practiced holding up fingers to go with the story. It ends with two human "babies" requesting kisses above and beyond the 1 through 10..a HUNDRED..a MILLION..played for laughs, a big favorite. ...more
Margaret Chind
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: Julie Johnson
Very cute book! How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight is a very interactive book for bedtime reading. It brings in lots of animals and is great for boys and girls. I enjoyed this book with it's vibrant pictures and sweet cuddles.

*This book was a gift from my friend Julie*
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great book to learn about numbers and a great animals book also. This book contains great rhyming words throughout, for example "neigh" and "hay." In this story, all the "parent" animals ask their children, "how many kisses do you want tonight?" Cute goodnight book to read. ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cute book about a variety of animals asking their young how many kisses they want at night. Rhyme and repetition made this a very good book for my boys. When they got to some of the higher number of kisses they said, "Mom, that's gross! That's too many!" :-) ...more
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
"How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?" is a precious book to read to a young child. It is a great book with good rhythm, but it also uses numbers to count and different animals. This book could be used in a classroom for counting or talking about family. ...more
Julia Jasztal
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
Mommy's review from 4/15/09 -

Definitely a cute book for toddlers - I love the rhyming and so did Julia. Sometimes children's books do anything just to rhyme and it just doesn't work out right but this does just fine.
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
- This is a great book to use when introducing number sense.
- The students can count along as the book is read.
- The repetition of the book is great for students to predict what happens next in the story.
- The book is great to teach rhyming words.
- Grades k-2
Meg McGregor
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-lexi
This is a lovely ritual at bedtime and the illustrations are beautiful and calming for little eyes.

This is not designed to be a counting book but I do agree that it would have been nice to have the number of items match the number of kisses!
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-little-one
A perfect bed-time read. And a great excuse to give your little one lots of kisses. As if you need one!
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
LOVE it! I love that it has mommies and daddies giving goodnight kisses, and the rhyming is sweet and not too contrived or weird.
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it
A nice counting, rhyming bedtime tale.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
after reading this my daughter requested 72 kisses before bed!!
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bedtime-stories
You tell me how much fun "How Many Kisses do you want Tonight" can be with your little one. ...more
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Gentle, reassuring bedtime book that displays a variety of animals saying good night to their babies. Counting is the concept included but doesn't overshadow or distract. ...more
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Varsha Bajaj grew up in Mumbai, India. When she came to the United States to obtain her master’s degree, her adjustment to the country was aided by her awareness of the culture through books. In addition to her previous picture books, she wrote the middle-grade novel Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, which was shortlisted for the Cybils Award and included on the Spirit of Texas Reading Program. She ...more

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