The Kiss That Missed

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It's bedtime, but the little prince's goodnight kiss from his dad, the king, has gone astray. It has missed the little prince's cheek, drifted out the window, and escaped into the forest. The brave and fearless knight is sent out on a mission to retrieve it. This whimsically funny picture storybook, originally published by Barron's several seasons ago in hardback, is more popular today than ever. Now it's available in a new paperback edition with every word of its original text ...

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Overview

It's bedtime, but the little prince's goodnight kiss from his dad, the king, has gone astray. It has missed the little prince's cheek, drifted out the window, and escaped into the forest. The brave and fearless knight is sent out on a mission to retrieve it. This whimsically funny picture storybook, originally published by Barron's several seasons ago in hardback, is more popular today than ever. Now it's available in a new paperback edition with every word of its original text and every one of the memorably funny color illustrations.

Praise from the critics:
"Readers will find both the text and the playful, color cartoon illustrations amusing. Melling captures great expressions in his caricatures of the bewildered prince, the terrified knight and horse, and the gleeful royal family when the kiss is returned. The tale is refreshingly original and relevant, showing a busy family full of love."
—School Library Journal

• "The humorous narrative... delivers its message in a lighthearted way."
—Horn Book Guide

• "The bold, bright illustrations make this a fun read any time, but the story is definitely bedtime material."
—Santa Maria Sun (Santa Maria, CA)

• ". . . funny picture book for little princes everywhere. . . . This 'Kiss' doesn't miss a thing."
—The Midwest Book Review

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PreS-Gr 2-A busy king hurriedly blows his son a goodnight kiss from the hallway, but it misses its target. Being a royal smooch with enchanting powers, it flies off on an adventure through a dark forest full of wild animals and is hotly pursued by a not-so-gallant young knight, who eventually finds himself face to face with an enormous dragon. However, the magical quality of the kiss tames even the wildest of creatures and when the shivering boy fears his demise, he is kissed rather than fried to a crisp. The knight catches the kiss and brings it safely home. Readers will find both the text and the playful, color, cartoon illustrations amusing. Melling captures great expressions in his caricatures of the bewildered prince, the terrified knight and horse, and the gleeful royal family when the kiss is returned. The tale is refreshingly original and relevant, showing a busy family full of love.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444908817
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    A good love story for kids

    I loved the story, illustrations and the characters. Kids of all ages will enjoy it and understand that everybody needs love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Cute Story

    I teach pre-school to 3 & 4 y.o. and they loved the story and illistrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2009

    Great Book to read to your kids

    I love reading this book to my son. The wonderful illustrations keep the story light and fun. The story itself teaches that you should slow down and spend time with your family. Rushing things causes chaos in your life and the lives of everyone else.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Cute story, perfect for bedtime reading

    We liked it as soon as we read it in the store, and more important, my 3-year-old boy does not tire of it. It has been one of the bedside choices for more than a year, and will be for some time to come. It has very nice and fun illustrations, a good picture to word ratio, and lots of action in the background. The words and illustrations complement each other, so it is easy for a child to help in the story-telling by adding his interpretation of what is happening. And there's nothing more important at bedtime than a good-night kiss.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    Terrific!

    This book was so much fun. The classes I read it to couldn't get enough of it. They didn't want me to turn the page until they all had a chance to see the wonderful, humorous artwork!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Just Fun

    A funny book - that my little and big kids love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Never miss another kiss

    My 3 year old son has been inspired by this book, to slow down and give us a kiss each night. A delightful story that is beautifully illustrated and will have your children asking for it night after night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    this is a wonderful book

    Love this book. It is funny, sweet and lot's of fun. My 4 year old enjoys knights and dragons. This book has it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2002

    Enchanting and delightful!

    Your youngsters will love this funny-and-magical-perfect-for-bedtime-tale! A distracted king blows his small son a kiss one night...but it misses! The kiss bounces its way through the story, soothing frowns and creating sunshine. Something new and fresh if you or your little one are tiring of Goodnight Moon and Guess How Much I Love You.

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    Posted March 23, 2009

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