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The Kiss That Missed [Illustrated] [Paperback]

David Melling
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

16 Jan 2003
The king is in too much of a hurry to stop for his son's bedtime. He rushes past and blows a kiss, but it misses! The kiss flies out of the window, the prince is distraught and the hapless knight is send into the deep dark forest to fetch it back. What will he encounter there?

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; New Ed edition (16 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340797185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340797181
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 24.5 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's funny and original and an absolute delight to read aloud - a perfect bedtime read. (THE PARENT'S GUIDE)

An ideal bedtime book ... This delightful tale is a true charmer ... Melling's witty illustrations are packed with imaginative detail, including the masterly touch of a delicate golden line tracing the swerling path of the kiss. (The Scotsman)

Full of unexpected twists and turns The Kiss That Missed is a wonderful literary example of how to temper fearsome episdoes with humour. ... this story is one which will demand endless rereading. (

Brightly attractive drawing and colouring are an irresistable invitation to enjoy The Kiss That Missed. (School Librarian)

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The king was in a hurry and blew his son a bedtime kiss...but it missed! A touching tale about the power of love.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The kiss may miss but the book scores a hit! 22 Dec 2004
By bobbathejobba VINE VOICE
This picture book tells the story of the King's bedtime kiss for the little prince that misses its intended recipient!
As the kiss heads out the window, the King's knight is sent to track it down through the dark woods encountering all sorts of beasties and a very big and hungry dragon.
Fortunately, the goodnight kiss sends the creatures to sleep, but when it goes up the nose of the dragon it has a rather unexpected result!
Simply wonderful, the illustrations captivate and the way sentences are left hanging over the turn of a page to introduce a pause before a surprise is brilliant.
The humour was spot on for my four year old daughter and it still remains fun depsite re-readings. The audio version (read superbly with great sound effects) remained in the car stereo for some weeks.
Suitable for at least three year's old and upwards.
If you like fun books, I also highly recommend:
"Hiccup. The Viking who was Seasick" by Cressida Cowell
"Spider!" by Bronze Smarties Book Award winner Lydia Monks
"Wolf Academy" by Jonathan Allen
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved by my kids 16 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my year 1 class as a story with a fantasy setting. It met all our expectations. The story has a simple theme that the children ( all 4 and 5 year olds) could relate to. They loved the idea that a kiss could roam the countryside changing lives. The discussions the story provoked were fantastic and allowed the children to use their imagination.
This story would also provide a gentle goodnight story for any young children.
All in all we loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely 20 Sep 2010
By BlueSky
This is an utterly charming book with wonderful illustrations. The story is very simple but magical whilst the drawings are full of humour and beautifully drawn. I would say the book is ideal for children 3-6.

Personally I could read it over and over - so it's a good thing my children like it too!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this magical bedtime story 18 Jan 2004
By A Customer
My three year old loves this book about how love can change even an angry, hungry dragon's disposition! The illustrations are lovely and fun and the diction always makes my son giggle. It's got just the right combination of moral and magic - a classic!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun 28 Sep 2004
My two daughters, 3 and 5yrs, both like this book. It's got great illustrations, with plenty of humour. It has been read many, many times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story - my son loves the sneeze! 24 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We've had Good Knight, Sleep Tight for some years and it is a firm favourite with our boys, bought The Kiss That Missed for Christmas - very successful, but that copy got soaked while camping so we absolutely had to replace it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable. 15 Sep 2013
By Mrs H
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lovely book for pre-schoolers. Best in small groups or one-to-one so that they can absorb pictures on each page. Lovely illustrations and not too lengthy to read so young children do not lose interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 8 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is used like said, but in good conditions, it arrived non too soon, but in good times. I'm satisfied.
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Published 5 days ago by Sarah Newell
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY AND LIVELY BOOK.
My grand-daughter (3 yeras old) loves this book and me too. It's full of little détails which make the story so so good.
Very cleverly done. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sommerled
5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations
My son loves these stories, there is lots to look at in the illustrations and we see new things each time we read it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lucy Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Thank you for a very good quality book. The children have enjoyed reading this story time and time again .
Published 17 months ago by Miss J Stables
4.0 out of 5 stars Good father / son story
I got this book for my three year old grandson, for his father to read to him. The best test is always whether the child wants it read to him again, and again. He did. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Marjan
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning illustrations & great story
All members of the family enjoy this book. I first came across this book in my local library and since then I've bought my own copies & copies for others as gifts. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. John A. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A kiss that missed, but a book that hit!!
I find it difficult to believe that this book has only twelve current reviews on Amazon. The story itself is simple and the message is too sweet for for words. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by Ali Sid
5.0 out of 5 stars best kids book ever!
Great kids book, we got his for our friends little children and they love it, under 5's reading I would say though, lovely illustrations. highly recommend.
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by Fleur Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and dramatic
A beautiful book from David Melling - a charming story (perhaps a little slushy, but small children won't mind! Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by David Allsopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely tale for children (which the adults will enjoy too)
The Kiss That Missed is a lovely story, with quirky touches that make it more fun for the grown-ups too. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by Alicadabra
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