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The Kiss That Missed: Small Format Hardcover – 5 Jan 2006


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (5 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340911476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340911471
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 19.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1. A 'wonderfully comic little charmer ... Melling's illustrations are as snazzy and as snappy as his prose.' - THE GUARDIAN

2 'The text is lively but it is the comic book-style illustrations that steal the show.' - JUNIOR

3 'A touching tale about the power of love.' - WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY



'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

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A beautiful mini gift edition of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Greenaway shortlisted book, The Kiss That Missed

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By bobbathejobba VINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By JB on 16 Jan. 2011
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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 By BlueSky on 20 Sept. 2010
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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 By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By KP on 28 Sept. 2004
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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 By Mrs A T Churchill Stone on 24 Sept. 2013
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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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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. Add that together with Melling's fantastic illustrations and here's a huge hit. My son (who is 'knight-crazy') adored the theme, and every night now (before bed) for the last two months we've sent kisses that either hit or miss. The page in the forest where the kids have to recognise the hidden creatures is so beautifully illustrated that I am in awe of this (new to me) author and illustrator. I regard books (and their authors) by the pleasure and learning my kid gets from them, so this one gets five full stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs H on 15 Sept. 2013
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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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