The King Who Wouldn't Sleep
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
by Holly Swain
by Andersen Press
ISBN (Paperback): 978-1-84939-227-3
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."
books for the under-twelves
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
Book of the
tale with amusing illustrations. Clever detail and a twist in the plot
is very engaging. Fun well-resolved sharing read."
York Times Book Review:
Featured in the list of picture books for bedtime.
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."
dynamic and appealing watercolor-and–color-pencil illustrations add
charm, whimsy and amusing details to the happily-ever-after tale."
on Picture Books:
'Picture books are special – they're not like anything else.
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.'