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THE PRINCE WON’T GO TO BED! by Dayle Ann Dodds


by Dayle Ann Dodds & illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-374-36108-2
Publisher: Melanie Kroupa/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

“The castle was in trouble. / Nanny scratched her head. / ‘The King and Queen are at the ball, / and the Prince won’t go to bed!’ ” And so begins the comedic saga of attempting to get the Prince to sleep. Each of the castle’s inhabitants chimes in with his or her suggestion: a bath, a fluffier pillow, some pudding, a softer mattress, some gentle music. Each works for a brief period, but as soon as the entourage tiptoes out of the room (holding their breath), the Prince cries yet again. Finally, he awakens Princess Kate who has the simplest and most effective solution of all. Brooker’s brightly colored collage artwork adds depth, texture and detail to the illustrations, while the facial expressions and body language of her characters truly say it all. Frazzled parents who have “been there, done that” won’t be able to resist chuckling over the Prince’s commotion, the frenzy and desperation of his caretakers and the simplicity of the final solution. A brilliant gift for all parents who can find the humor in hindsight. (Picture book. 3-7)