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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (16 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340931531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340931530
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 23.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lively read and a brilliant illustration of the moral about being careful what you wish for. (Junior)

Quirky and witty illustrations accompany this wacky tale. (The Children's Bookseller)

This is a fast and exciting story, full of fun and humour. The illustrations cleverly depict the hapless nature of the pair and complement the crazy adventure told through the story. The book ends with an inspiring and funny moral, which sums up the story wonderfully. (School Librarian)

Melling has crated another delightful read-aloud with all the ingredients for a good shared read. Humorous details abound in text and illustrations to amuse both child and adult, and there's a satisfying conclusion to make us all chuckle. (Books for Keeps)

Entertaining tale with amusing illustrations. (Northern Echo)

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The knight and his horse from the best-selling The Kiss That Missed are back with a third fantastic adventure. This time they are appointed royal babysitters for the weekend, but it's a lot harder than they think!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is great - brilliant bright inventive fun! There are fantastic illustrations and a light-hearted original story sprinkled with humorous details to make both children and adult readers chuckle. Look out for the peacocks tail cut into a paper-doll pattern.
A knight and his horse are babysitting a little prince and princess for a weekend but it isn't all that easy! No parent/carer could fail to be amused by the mess and exhaustion at the end of day 1. From this strong start, there's a tale of magic and the mischief caused by an errant naughty spell. The knight and the horse are granted three wishes but don't use them wisely, and my children love the hopeless mix-up as the knight and the horse wish for conflicting things. The horse can think only of fluffy slippers and a bucket of carrots and somehow the knight's har becomes a fantastical mass of carrot vine. The horse, fortunately, is able to style it in a topiary bush but it still isn't ideal! The prince and the princess however come to the rescue and maybe baby-sitting can be quite fun after all.
I am already fan of David Mellings since I first came across his illustration style, and from his stories, these characters are my family's particular favourites. If you enjoy this, you will also love "The Kiss that Missed" and "Good Knight, Sleep Tight". A smasher from a re(g)ally good threesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nina on 4 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
Being big fans of the Scallywags, we had big expectations for the Three wishes and The kiss that missed, both are great bed time stories which are already loved and memorised by my 4 year old son. The illustrations are lovely and the language involves both the readers, good fun reads and we look forward to the new book due out later in the yearThe Kiss That MissedThe Scallywags
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 21 Mar 2012
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After reading The Kiss That Missed (TKTM) night after night with my daughter, I quickly bought The Three Wishes and Good Knight, Sleep Tight since she'd loved the first so much (and I was getting a bit desperate for a change). Although the illustrations were great as always, the stories were a bit more complicated than TKTM and she wasn't as interested in either of them after the first read. She's 3 so perhaps she'll come to love them when she's a bit older.

I would recommend buying them but perhaps for an older child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 May 2011
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David Melling was a new discovery for me. I bought this book for my two grandchildren aged 5 and 2 and a half. They both really love it and the 5 year old in particular gets all the funny little jokes that are apparent if you look closely into the pictures. It is a great book as a talking point to encourage young children to discuss what they can see and what they think might happen. Highly recommended as is another book by David Melling I have bought..."The kiss that missed".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John A. Evans on 18 Jan 2013
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This is one of our favourite story books. The illustrations are all part of the cleverness of the story. I have bought these for myself and for others and can recommend them with ease to all.
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