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The Kiss That Missed

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  710 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
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 fores ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 10th 2002 by Barron's Educational Series (first published 2002)
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Dec 10, 2014 Clouds rated it liked it
My son, Fin, gets two stories at nap time, and two more at bedtime, and frequently a few more scattered throughout the day. At last count he owned well over a hundred books of his own, plus an extra five from the library at any one time. He's 2 and 1/2 years old. This is how you raise a book addict.

If I stopped to review all of them, I wouldn't have time to read any other books. Or go to work. Or wash. So I tend to review just my favourites, or his. This is one of his favourites.

It's got a king,
Feb 21, 2012 Debee rated it really liked it
This cover of this book leads the reader to believe there might be a fair maiden who is delivering the kiss... Once the story begins we learn that the wayward kiss is delivered by the busy king who is not attentive to his son and misses his son's cheek.. Thereby bouncing around the room and out the window... Thus creating a chase scene by a faithful royal knight. The misadventures of the knight are comical and the illustrations delightful.
I first chose to read this story to a classroom of stude
Sep 16, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
A glossy, eye catching cover always gets my attention and this one promises great action and adventure. The high standard of detail continues through the entire book and some illustrations have a comic book effect.
It is a narrative of a very busy king who blows a kiss at this son, but it misses and flys out the bedroom window. Upon realising the kiss has missed the king employs one of his loyal knights to retrieve it. As this clumsy knight hunts down the flying kiss he is taken through wild wood
Sara Jones
Apr 24, 2010 Sara Jones rated it really liked it
A harried king blows his son a Royal Kiss, but in the king's haste, the kiss misses the prince, rattles around the room, and flies out the window into the night. A blundering knight sets out into the wild wood to retrieve the kiss and return it to it's rightful owner. "Wild creatures with wild eyes, too much hair, and very bad manners lived there." Will the knight return with the kiss or will he be eaten by the dangerous creatures of the wild wood night?

I thought this book was ultra fun and char
Tony Meyer
Jan 18, 2011 Tony Meyer rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of my favourite kids stories. Melling's illustrations are amazingly good, and this is a great story as well.

It's great for typical boys (knight, dragon) and typical girls (princess, kiss). It has a great moral that isn't in-your-face (in fact, the kids probably don't overtly get it, which is fine, since it's aimed at the parents too).

Can't recommend this highly enough.
May 17, 2015 Naomi rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this story about the power of a kiss. The illustrations were adorable and fit the story well.
Mon Maryum
Oct 29, 2016 Mon Maryum rated it it was ok
The story began very awkwardly, I mean.....a king telling his soldier to catch his kiss? *shivers* But I liked the writing style a little
Jan 15, 2017 Tina rated it it was amazing
A storytime favourite from back when I was a Children's Librarian...
Natalee Huguez
Feb 15, 2015 Natalee Huguez rated it really liked it
The Kiss That Missed is a quorky story about a goodnight kiss that didn't go as planned. The King blue his son a goodnight kiss, but it missed and flew right out the window. The loyal knight runs off into the dark forest to find the kiss and gets stopped in his trail by snow, growling bears, creepy owls, and hungry wolves. Suddenly the King's goodnight kiss whizzes by and puts all of the spooky animals to sleep. Next the knight and his horse find themselves right in front of a giant dragon, but ...more
Tess Gatof
Nov 09, 2015 Tess Gatof rated it really liked it
The Kiss that Missed is a great story about a kiss from a King to his son the Prince that gets lost because the King was in too much of a rush to give the kiss to the Prince properly. The Knight is sent out to find the kiss. As he gets lost in the dark woods and meets some pretty scary animals, the Knight and his horse lose track of the kiss. They try to settle down for a night sleep but the kiss has already blown away and ended up in the nose of a dragon. He huffs and puffs and sneezes the kiss ...more
Sep 03, 2008 Alana rated it it was amazing
This is one of the first books that I bought for my godson that caused me to be incredibly pleased with myself. Most of the books that I bought for him up to that point were books that already I knew about, books that I had grown up with, or books that were perhaps more popular and had somehow been made known to me even though I was entering college when Cole was born. (I may have bought him books that were way beyond his own reading level, but were still great to read to him.)
It was just such a
Aysha Bibi
Sep 15, 2014 Aysha Bibi rated it really liked it
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Jan 28, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This was one of those make-you-feel-all-warm-and-fuzzy-inside, smile-like-a-fool type of books for me. The king's goodnight kiss misses the little prince, and that's such a fun idea! Then, not only does the kiss miss, the king sends a knight to go after it! This story is so lovable in the fact that any parent could relate to this king. How many of our own kisses probably miss? But we do mean them with love, and if we could send a knight to recl ...more
April Poulter
Aug 26, 2016 April Poulter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january
This is a delightful story! Both the illustrations and the story are fun. The title of this picture book is somewhat misleading. I was expecting to read about a sleeping princess and a prince that came to kiss her and accidentally missed and all the mishaps that occurred with that. Instead it begins with a father blowing his son a kiss because he doesn't have time to stop and spend time with him, but the kiss misses. The rest of the story is about the wanderings of the missed kiss, a knight who ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This story goes to show that an insignificant event gone wrong could lead to some amazing things happening. Although this story is fictional, the concept is more realistic than often thought of (though not with a blown kiss). Think about it, let's say you accidentally flicked a marble under your couch. When the couch gets moved, what might you find under that couch besides that marble? A coin? A toy? The remote control someone lost last month? Your lost homework? A letter from a secret admirer? ...more
This was a cute light-hearted book. A busy father rushes to blow his son a kiss for bedtime and the kiss missed! A knight is sent to find the kiss and following the kiss leads to some fun events. I loved the pictures, they were bright, fun and engaging, the path of the kiss was amusing. I enjoyed how the kiss helps the knight along his way. I expected a little more with this one, I'm not sure what, it just wasn't a favorite. We were glad to read it, we all giggled, but it wasn't a requested repe ...more
Lisa Hartmann
Apr 29, 2014 Lisa Hartmann rated it it was amazing
The Kiss That Missed by David Melling is another favorite picture book of mine! The story is about a busy King that blows his son a kiss goodnight but it misses! The kiss bounces all around and then out the window. The King calls his Knight to go get it. The story is fill with humor and fun. I would tend to think boys may like it more then girls because it has a dragon, bears and wolves. Although it isn't scary. The illustrations are fun,brightly colored and silly! It teaches the King a lesson t ...more
Brianna Manheim
Oct 16, 2015 Brianna Manheim rated it really liked it
Instead of reading this book, I listened to it being read by Karan Brar. This is a silly story about a King who blows his son a goodnight kiss and like the title states, missed! The royal Knight goes to retrieve the kiss and has to adventure through the forest. The book ends with everyone back at the castle and the King promises not to be in such a hurry so he kiss will never miss again.

This book was lovely to watch being read. Karan did a wonderful job with his inflection and added a lot to the
Oct 16, 2014 Chrissy rated it really liked it
The king, in too much of a hurry to say goodnight properly, blows his son a goodnight kiss. The kiss misses the prince and flies out of the window. The king’s most trusted knight is sent on a quest to catch the kiss, and return it to the prince.
This is a well written story, with beautiful illustrations that accompany the text well. The story is simple, but unique and not at all predictable. It was very enjoyable to read!
This is a board book, so it is clearly aimed at young children. The simple,
Sep 20, 2012 Chimney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I read this book to my nephew and thought it had a very charming story. The knight in it does not go on a quest to save a beautiful damsel-in-distress, but to retrieve a kiss that has flown away and was intended to be given to the young prince from his very busy father, the king. I think the book has a good message to it. That sometimes we should slow down in life and remember things (and people) that are truly important. My nephew also really enjoyed this book and the illustrations are lovely. ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Jeff rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Just as the kiss in the title misses it's mark (a young prince on his way to dream land), this picture book also misses it's mark in never living up to it's potential. The premise is that a very busy king rushes by the prince's bed room at bedtime and blows a kiss that misses the prince. The kiss flies out a window and the king summons his "best" knight to track down the kiss. The illustrations are delightful and full of whimsy and the knight does head out on a grand adventrue. However this is w ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Hillary rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-355
This story was ABSOLUTELY charming! I loved the midieval approach to parents who are "too busy" to take time for their children, but still make an honest attempt to care about them. When the King's goodnight kiss to his son misses it's mark, and the King sends his knight in shining armor to recover it, it's too much fun to see what a little love can do to even the nastiest creatures.
I think this is a great book to teach kids at a young age, that you always need to make time for your family . .
Sheng Yang
Feb 03, 2014 Sheng Yang rated it liked it
Shelves: january
I really enjoyed this book, thought it was just the cutest thing ever. It was simple with large print to read. The artwork was goofy in a sense that anyone could enjoy especially children. At first I thought it would be about a princess, especially with a knight on the cover, but I was wrong. It was about the kiss that missed! The knight actually goes and look for the kissed and a long the way runs into many obstacles. It is interesting that the kiss actually helps him along the way too. Overall ...more
Ashley Sites
Sep 30, 2014 Ashley Sites rated it really liked it
I personally thought that this was a cute little story. I particularly liked how every time the king's knight and steed were in trouble, the king's goodnight kiss that he initially blew to his son, saved them by making the scary creatures sleepy, or nice. The illustrations were cute also. I liked how the reader was able to see the kiss's trail. It also has a nice message to it. Not to be hasty, or to be so rushed that we forget the little things in life. I've heard that the little things are a l ...more
Sep 01, 2010 Senda rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite bedtime books. It's light and humorous with adorable illustrations. The king's goodnight kiss to his son misses, and the brave knight goes off to bring it back through many trials and tribulations. Fortunately the kiss is there to save him from anything too nasty and to make sure everyone gets a good night's sleep. Oh, and don't forget to watch the lion on the knight's shield; he's reacting too!
Elines Flores
Mar 06, 2015 Elines Flores rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
This book was great! Both the text and illustrations were very amusing. David Melling, the author and illustrator, did a great job at capturing the various expressions of the characters such as the terrified knight that when in search for the kiss or the joy of the royal family once the kiss was returned. Also, there were some twists and turns in the story, like the random snow in the forest, that keep me interested the entire time. Great as a read aloud!
Nanci Booher
Aug 30, 2013 Nanci Booher rated it really liked it
From the first illustration of the book, I was hooked. The king, in a big hurry, blows his son a kiss, but it misses. The prince tells the Queen who tells the King who calls upon his loyal Knight to follow the kiss. What ensues is the tale of the Knight's journey to find the kiss. At last the Knight stumbles upon the kiss....and a Dragon. I think this is a delightful story about taking time to slow down and appreciate everything life has to offer.
Sherry Thornberry
Mar 03, 2015 Sherry Thornberry rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book about a goodnight kiss that missed its mark. It was the kings kiss and had to be found by the king's knight. The kiss wandered into the forest and put all the animals asleep, even the dragon. This book was a great story with a lot of humor. My son would have loved this book when he was younger.
Shelem Horton
Jan 29, 2014 Shelem Horton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january
I would recommend this book to everyone, boys and girls. It's fun, well written, the pictures are so wonderfully illustrated, and it's so fun to read! I like the title a lot because the story it's not what you think it is, it's different, cute, and very unique. I truly want to have a copy of my own!
Author/Illustrator: David Melling
First Published: 2002

Lovely illustrations with a sweet story reminding us of the importance of bedtime rituals, goodnight kiss, a story and time.

An easy way to introduce the pre writing skill of following a curved line as we trace the route the kiss took.

Read aloud: 3+
Read yourself: 5+

(ISBN 0340797185)

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