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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
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They just kissed, you guys.

Henry comes home almost every day with a book he's written. My kid is prolific. He puts me to shame. Anyway, the other day he came home with a book that, he said, made him "the most famous kid in my class." Because it contained ROMANCE.





This love scene occurred immediately after the girl saved the boy from plummeting off a cliff. Obviously, after that kind of shock, some kissing is in order.

What I love most about this is it shows the lead-up, and the aftermath. For the actual kissing, you'll have to use your imagination. Because no one wants to see that. No one.

It reminds me of when my brother and I tried to figure out how TV actors were pretending to kiss, because obviously they weren't really kissing. How did they hide the thin screen that was keeping them safe from awful person-to-person lip contact?

Reader Comments (43)

The GIRL saved the BOY? I think *I* need to kiss Henry. Or to have kissed him, before, without actually having to do it or anything.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterS-Way
That is the best scene in any book ever! Oh, and as for the actors...a good friend of mine is an actor in LA (where I finally left after 10 years!) and she was on briefly mega-famous OC for a little bit playing one of the lead's love interests. It was her first major gig and, apparently, when you do kisses on TV there is NO tongue involved. Unaware as she was, she let it all out during their first kissing scene and shocked the hell out of him. Although...I'm pretty sure he got a crush on her throughout the weeks.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiza
That is fantastic! Good for Henry, for letting the girl be the hero, for spicing things up with a little romance, and for leaving something to the imagination...

Quite the budding author/illustrator!
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKendra
Just look him square in the eye, then turn away and state, "We just kissed." It's just like doing it! 
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlice Bradley
I love the fact that post-kiss she has her back turned and he has a slightly dazed look on his face. This is one of the best things I have ever seen. Ever!
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLemon Gloria
I'm loving the heart-shaped period.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhi kooky
That last comment of mine was for S-Way, by the way. Also I do not know why my comments are all ending in "Â". Damn it, Typepad!
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralice
LOL! I used to wonder about actors kissing too - until my all knowing older sister clued me in: The actors aren't really kissing. They each bite one end of a small carrot and chew on it.

You're welcome you guys - now you know Hollywood's secrets.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristy
Why is no one smoking a cigarette afterwards? Oh, probably because they don't have arms.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarinka
Hot damn, I love that kid. Sly dog, that one.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbreedemandweep
I really love the "over the shoulder" shot--like a soap opera. That's very sweet--and nicely drawn.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Oh man, I LOVE him! He has got some talent...
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly
I'm with Lemon Gloria: I like that prior to the kiss, both of them are smiling, but afterwards the man seems...stunned? wary? vaguely appalled?
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermermil
My favorite is how the second figure on the bottom obviously feels the awkwardness of Just Having Kissed.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelospiza
Kids are hilarious. If only they knew it. Or, I guess it's better that they don't.

My son is now 12, and he still hates the kissing parts.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary @ Holy Mackerel
Love love love this story and the art. Love imagining the mini-scandal that must have stunned Henry's classmates as they heard about this love scene.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLife of a Doctor's Wife
I love that the girl is doing the saving! Brilliant kid, that one.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
I love how Henry doesn't show the actual scene of kissing, we just kinda know it happened, and in case, the more dense ones don't, he helps us out.

Marvelous. He knows what the audience needs... already.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra
As a teenager, I watched Guiding Light obsessively and there was lots of "fake" kissing where you could tell it was all posed for the camera but there was one guy ("Ross Marler" played by Jerry Ver Dorn) who gave visible tongue action from time to time. Even as a teenager, I found that appalling--imagine going to work and getting tongued!!!!!!
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMasked Mom
What a great book, I love it! It reminded me that when my son was little any time people kissed on tv he would cover his face and ask to be notified when it was over.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
My daughter is due on Saturday. Exactly how much dowry are you looking for? I promise she'll be smart, as my husband and I are both chronic overachievers. If I can get this marriage arranged now, I think it'll make her angsty teenage years that much easier(for me).
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Yesterday you were looking for comfort, when all you had to do was look at this book. That Henry - what a romantic.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
That just seems so sweet to me...
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
I too thought actors could not possibly be really kissing--I thought they must keep a tiny space between them, invisible to the camera. Makes me a little sad to think of it--how when you're a kid you just assume everything is genuine and heartfelt. Henry displays a pleasing, almost Victorian reticence in this illustration.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjunewell

Kids these days. They do it all backwards. First the sins, and never the pleasures.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertsena

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