Debbie Singleton           Children's Author

The King Who Wouldn't Sleep


The King Who Wouldn't Sleep by Debbie Singleton and Holly Swain

There was once a king who wouldn't sleep - not even a wink! - until he found the perfect prince for his lovely daughter. Princes came from all around bearing gifts. Not one of them was right. But there was someone else watching with an unexpectedly cunning plan up his not-so-royal sleeve...

Illustrated by Holly Swain

Published by Andersen Press

ISBN (Hardback):   978-1-84939-006-4
ISBN (Paperback):  978-1-84939-227-3

REVIEWS

Publisher's Weekly:
"It's a treat to come across an original fairy tale that generates surprise not by irony or irreverence, but through sheer narrative ingenuity. Debut author Singleton does just that—her clever story wouldn't be out of place in a Grimm's collection."
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The Independent:
Best new books for the under-twelves
"Its final line 'And they all slept peacefully ever after' has a lot going for it, but before that there are clever twists, as well as glorious pictures by Holly Swain."
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Peters Books:
Book of the Week 24-May-2012
"Entertaining tale with amusing illustrations. Clever detail and a twist in the plot is very engaging. Fun well-resolved sharing read."
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New York Times Book Review:
Featured in the list of picture books for bedtime.
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Horn Book Magazine:
"Singleton uses a traditional fairy tale structure in an altogether new and funny story, great for reading to groups...This clever picture book would make a fine storytime pair with The Princess and the Pea."
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Kirkus Reviews:
"Swain's dynamic and appealing watercolor-and–color-pencil illustrations add charm, whimsy and amusing details to the happily-ever-after tale."
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ex-Children's Laureate
Anthony Browne

on Picture Books:


'Picture books are special – they're not like anything else.
Sometimes I hear parents encouraging their children to read what they call "proper books" (books without pictures), at an earlier and earlier age. This makes me sad, as picture books are perfect for sharing, and not just with the youngest children.'






























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