David Melling - All books by this author
One evening, when the King is in a hurry, his goodnight kiss to the Little Prince goes astray. After rattling around the Prince's bedroom, it flies out the window and floats into the dark forest, where it has no business to be. The King decides to do something about it. He orders the Knight to climb on his horse, ride into the forest, and bring back the kiss. But the forest is filled with spooky things that frighten both the Knight and his horse. How will they ever succeed in bringing the kiss back to the castle? This funny story features David Melling's atmospheric and richly colored illustrations on every page. It makes a great bedtime story for kids who are about the same age as the Little Prince. (Ages 4-7)
From the reviews:
“This disarmingly cute bedtime story from writer-illustrator-dad David Melling follows a busy king whose misfired good-night kiss flies right past his son and out the window. The inspired illustrations and excellent design alone make this book a fun one, but it's Melling's restrained but infectious sense of fun that will ensure many repeat reads. From the comically animated lion emblazoned on the knight's shield to the forest creatures who seem to dance as they flee the dragon, Melling is clearly having a good time as he tucks us inand when it comes to ensuring sweet dreams, that almost beats an accurately delivered good-night kiss."
Paul Hughes, Amazon.com, 2002
“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), School Library Journal , 2002
“The humorous narrative... delivers its message in a lighthearted way.“
Horn Book Guide, July-December 2002
"Author/Illustrator David Melling builds the climax into a grin-worthy story twist, and the moral of the story is one that will not be taken lightly by all those too-busy dads out there. This 'Kiss' doesn't miss a thing."
The Midwest Book Review
About The Author:
David Melling is an English illustrator and storyteller who has created many funny and delightful books for boys and girls. In addition to The Kiss That Missed, Barron’s is also the North American publisher of David Melling’s The Ghost Library . He is married and lives with his wife and daughter in Oxfordshire, England.
Hardcover / 32 Pages / 10 x 11 1/4 / 2002