Good Knight Sleep Tight

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The stunning sequel to The Kiss That Missed is a wonderful story infused with love and humor about a new sibling, the problem of a crying baby, and just what to do about it

 

The lovable and haphazard knight is back on another quest to find the finest feathers in the kingdom to fill the royal pillow and stop the little princess making that terrible noise. No one else in the family can sleep, since the royal cat squashed her pillow?will new feathers do the ...

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Overview

The stunning sequel to The Kiss That Missed is a wonderful story infused with love and humor about a new sibling, the problem of a crying baby, and just what to do about it

 

The lovable and haphazard knight is back on another quest to find the finest feathers in the kingdom to fill the royal pillow and stop the little princess making that terrible noise. No one else in the family can sleep, since the royal cat squashed her pillow—will new feathers do the trick? The knight's second adventure is a warming bedtime tale about coping with a new baby in the family, and the importance of the elder sibling's role.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The king's loyal knight is sent off on a quest of national urgency: find new stuffing for the bawling infant princess's pillow. The original stuffing for "the softest, fluffiest pillow in the kingdom" has been gleefully decimated by the "the fat royal cat," and the newborn princess cannot sleep-so no one else can either. The knight must find some "soft and fluffy" filler so everybody can get some rest. The gent bravely wrests potential pillow material away from the ravenous beasts (too scratchy, according to his steed) and wolves (too bristly), before hitting the jackpot with a treeful of birds, who gladly give up their downy feathers for their princess. Melling's (The Kiss That Missed) storytelling feels a bit overlong, and there are really two endings: the princess won't go to sleep, even with her newly stuffed pillow, until her once-jealous big brother competently coaxes her with a cuddle. But Melling's watercolor-and-ink pictures bubble with a pleasing slapstick tone (the knight is constantly falling off his horse) and a mock-serio theatricality, while the narrative hints at just enough British urbanity to tickle the younger set ("Well really, it's hardly fair," complain the man-eating bears after their bottoms have been denuded of fur, "We just wanted a quick nibble"). A jovial offering. Ages 4-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A new baby has joined the royal family introduced in The Kiss That Missed (Barron's, 2002), and she is very unhappy. The royal cat has destroyed her pillow, and if she can't sleep, nobody in the kingdom gets to sleep. After a miserable night, the king orders his knight to find something "soft and fluffy" to fill the baby's pillow, and thus a great adventure ensues. With the help of his loyal steed, the knight collects fur from the bears, and they slink away bare-bottomed. Unfortunately, the horse finds bear hair "too scratchy." Similarly wolf fur is "too bristly." Finally, after pushing his horse up a tree, the knight collects enough feathers to fill the princess's pillow. Though soft enough, it doesn't stop her crying. At this point, the young prince, initially unimpressed with his new sister, gives her a cuddle and she contentedly nods off. Melling's delightful pictures are as wacky as the text. Dramatic shifts in perspective and the inclusion of comic-style mini-illustrations add to the absurdity and sense of adventure. Although some of the transitions are a bit abrupt, humor prevails. An engaging bedtime story.-Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340860939
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 815,583
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Melling is the author and illustrator of such titles as Don't Worry, Douglas!Hugless Douglas; and The Kiss that Missed, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award.

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