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Cancer Hates Kisses
Contributor(s): Sliwerski, Jessica Reid, Song, Mika (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0735227810     ISBN-13: 9780735227811
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
Annotation: "As Mom goes through treatment for cancer, her family supports her with what cancer hates most: love"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cancer; Fiction.
Sick; Fiction.
Mother and child; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living | Diseases
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Death & Dying
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016048073
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
A young child chronicles her mom's cancer treatment in straightforward, childlike prose: "Mama is a cancer-fighting superhero." Simple explanations of complicated medical issues combine with encouragement to model how a child's love can help a parent during treatment. Watercolor and ink illustrations in gentle pastel shades depict the warm family bond. Notes from a cancer specialist and the cancer-survivor author are appended. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 October)

PreS-Gr 1— As a woman bravely battles cancer, her loving family stands with her every step of the way. The kids knows their mother is no ordinary mom; to them she is a "cancer fighting superhero!" She is brave, even when she needs surgery. Afterwards, the children kiss her "warrior wounds." When her hair falls out after chemo, they tell her she looks fierce. Sometimes she is tired and sad, but cancer hates dance parties, so they dance the tears away. Fighting cancer is hard work, but cancer hates compliments, and hugs, and high fives, and together their family has the superhero strength to fight the disease. An approachable and empowering story that describes the hardships that cancer brings and meets each one with a equally empowering affirmation such as "cancer hates kisses" and "cancer hates laughter." The book skillfully pushes through the fear and confusion and helps readers focus on how they can support their loved one. The cheery, light, watercolor-wash illustrations create a cozy and comforting mood as the story follows the family through the stages of treatment and recovery. Endpapers include a note from a cancer specialist with information for caregivers on talking about cancer with their children and a note from the author describing her own experience battling breast cancer after the birth of her daughter. VERDICT An indispensable tool for parents and caregivers and a must-buy for most collections.— Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.