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A Bilingual Counting Book

by Lee Merrill Byrd
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Johnny is four years old and he LOVES to dish out kisses.

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10-digit ISBN1-933693-12-6
13-digit ISBN9781933693125
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
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Page Count32
Product Dimensions8" x 8" x .13"
Publication DateMarch 1, 2010
A bilingual counting book for pre-schoolers. Juanito wakes up so happy he delivers wonderful kisses to everybody--to his bossy sister, his mother on the couch, his father the pitcher, Stray Grey the Cat but he saves 10 for his grandmother! That’s when he got the nickname Lover Boy and the idea for this counting book was born.

Then artist Francisco Delgado jumped into the fun. He imagined hearts and kisses flying in the perfect space created by Johnny’s happiness, but the inspiration for Francisco’s exuberant paintings was Francisco’s own son Pedro.

So Lover Boy was inspired by two boys and is dedicated to all young children in the world: may they always overflow with kisses!

Lover Boy kisses for Mama
Kirkus Reviews
A winning story of love of family and friends.
- April 1, 2006 
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Midwest Book Review
A welcome addition to family, school, and community library bilingual book collections for children, Lover Boy / Juanito el Carinoso is very highly recommended as a fun and entertaining guide to counting in English and Spanish.
- July 13, 2006 
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PreSchool-Grade 2-Byrd and Delgado present a very artistic-and yet very fun-loving-little counting book. Juanito has lots of kisses for everybody. He has kisses for friends, relatives, and even stray animals. Based on the true story of Byrd's grandson, the story rings true and brims with warmth. Each page has one sentence in English and one in Spanish about each of Juanito's 10 kisses. The bright, clear, and slightly cartoonish illustrations-in which heart-shaped kisses fly between Juanito and the object of his affection-are very likely to amuse children.

Highly recommended for bookstores and libraries.
- January 19, 2007 
School Library Journal
This tender story captures a boy at that stage of early childhood when he bestows kisses grandly and generously. The concept works out well as a counting book–one kiss for his bossy big sister, two for his tireless dad, three for mother lying on the couch, etc. His teachers, hair dresser–even the little girl who won't kiss him back–receive his lavish displays of affection.

The enthusiastic text is well adapted by the translator, rendered into Mexican slang terms such as la mera mera (for the big sister who thinks she's the boss). Delgado's saturated-color artwork is equally exuberant as it portrays a representative Southwestern Latino family. In a market replete with clever concept books, this one will no doubt find its special niche.
What a delightful book!
Lover Boy is a quality addition to any elementary classroom.
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The author of the book, Lee Merril Byrd, does an awesome job of helping little ones learn how to count in both English and Spanish…Francisco Delgado’s illustrations are vibrant and the kisses come to life.
- April 13, 2010  Visit Website
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Review of Texas Books
Uses kisses in the form of big hearts to count sequentially from one to ten in English and Spanish.
- Andrea Karlin, 
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