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The King Who Wouldn't Sleep (Andersen Press Picture Books) Hardcover – January 1, 2012

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  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Andersen Press Picture Books
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press USA (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780761389972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761389972
  • ASIN: 0761389970
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,067,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Swain's illustrations are lively, stylish and full of fun."
— Nicolette Jones, The Times
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

DEBBIE SINGLETON grew up in Middlesbrough. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University. She has travelled extensively over the world and has lived in Texas, Alaska, Trinidad, Western Australia while also working on an oil rig in the North Sea. She was inspired to start writing by her two young daughters. She lives in Esher. This is her first picture book.

HOLLY SWAIN was born and grew up in Canterbury, Kent. She went on to study Illustration at U.W.E. Bristol, and this was followed by a Masters in Narrative Illustration at the University of Brighton. She now lives in Hove with her husband
and two young daughters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By CB on April 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book made me scratch my head; I won't be purchasing it. My biggest complaint is the use of the word perfect over and over and OVER again to describe the princes, or "not perfect" as is the case here. At the impressionable ages of 4-9 (which the book says it's for), I don't want my sons wondering if they'll be rejected for being too tall, or too short, or too weak (all examples from the book). Nor would I want them thinking that those are legitimate criteria for rejecting people as friends! Afterall, NO ONE is perfect!

My 4yo insisted we read it (but I think he was recalling the King Biggoods in the Bathtub book!). But I had to change much of the wording to things like: the king searched to find a "good friend for his daughter to play with" :( Or that the "boys weren't quite right for the girl, because they weren't interested in the same activities the girl liked".

What's the great ending which makes it worth reading? A well-intentioned father being DECEIVED! I've said it before that some books I'll purchase as 'teaching moments' of what not do, or how not to handle a situation. This book is not of good enough quality to warrant paying money for it; there was too much I'd have to address/correct. Like: "Mom, why is the dad mean to the farmer? (He's not "royalty"). "Mom, why is the dad choosing the girl's "friends'

IMHO, a much better (similar story) is One Grain of Rice by Demi.

Question: The impression is medieval times when fathers arranged marriages; so, why are helicopters in the illustrations...?
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Format: Hardcover
The princess was cuddled up with her stuffed bunny and fast asleep in her silver bed. Of course the king, who was in his jammies, sat quietly watching her. The queen, who was in her golden bed, was out like a light. There was no bed for the king "because he never slept." He was going to watch his little princess night and day "until he could find her the perfect prince." Now everyone knows that no one is perfect and princes are no exception. Every time the king sat on his throne to check out the latest batch, he always found something wrong with them.

There was a prince with big muscles, one in a tuxedo, and even one with a gigantic mustache. Nope, none of them would do because they weren't p-e-r-f-e-c-t! A little farmer holding a pitchfork stood off to the side looking at the situation. All the princes realized that the only way "they would be able to talk to the princess" would be to get that king to fall asleep. They tried giving him a teddy bear, dashing a bit of Sleep Eze on his cupcake, and reading him 1001 bedtime stories, but nothing seemed to work. Would that quiet little farmer be able to think up a way to get the king to fall asleep?

This is an adorable, slightly zany tale of a king who would not `n could not get a wink of sleep. Anyone who reads this tale will undoubtedly be smiling at the end, especially those fathers who have a little princess. The fairy tale presentation was quite entrancing and everyone knows that the little farmer will somehow come up with something to win over his princess. The little twist at the end was quite original and very appealing, something that will satisfy both young and old alike. The watercolors are gems worthy of being in any princess's crown. The end pages are nicely decorated with beds galore. If you want a modern-day fairy tale with a new twist, this one might want to go on your list!

This book courtesy of the publisher.
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