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    • ISBN:9781444908817
    • Publication date:07 Jun 2012

The Kiss That Missed

By David Melling

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A picture book classic filled with humour, charm and a dragon!

The king is in a hurry and blows his son a bedtime kiss... but it misses. The kiss flies out of the window and a brave knight is sent on a fairytale quest to bring it back.

Since this classic picturebook was published over 10 years ago, it has sold over 300,000 copies and become a favourite bedtime story for boys and girls everywhere.

By the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this delightful tale is filled with humour, charm and bedtime kisses, and is great to read aloud. It is also a fantastic resource for teachers in lessons about fairytales.

Biographical Notes

David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.

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  • ISBN: 9780340999851
  • Publication date: 06 Jan 2011
  • Page count: 32
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
Utterly endearing — BBC Parenting
Brightly attractive drawing and colouring that are an irresistible invitation to enjoy The Kiss that Missed — School Librarian
A lovely book and sure to become a favourite — Early Years Educator
Full of humour and lovingly illustrated -- altogether delightful — The Good Book Guide
Truly sumptuous drawings ... Even older children will enjoy this — The Daily Telegraph
An absolute delight to read aloud -- a perfect bedtime story — The Parents Guide
Perfect for building new readers' confidence -- and wonderful to share — Primary Times
An enchanting book — Sunday Express
An original and charismatic tale ... The illustrations couldn't be better — PTA Magazine
The perfect end-of-school or bedtime story that sparkles with humour — Junior Education
Beautifully illustrated pictures along with humour and charm make this book a bedtime favourite — Daily Echo
A 'wonderfully comic little charmer... Melling's illustrations are as snazzy and as snappy as his prose.' — The Guardian
Punchy and exciting, with plenty of amusing touches that will have adults and children giggling along ... there's a gentle heart, a witty plot, intriguing visual style and funny writing ... warmly recommended — The Bookbag
It's funny and original and an absolute delight to read aloud - a perfect bedtime read. — The Parents Guide
The text is lively but it is the comic book style illustrations that steal the show. — Junior
An ideal bedtime book. This delightful tale is a true charmer. Warm, funny and not the least bit soppy, it will be enjoyed by both boys and girls. — The Scotsman
A touching tale about the power of love. — Waterstone's Book Quarterly
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