The King Who Wouldn't Sleep

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

There once was 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. Not one of them was right. But there was someone else watching with an unexpectedly cunning plan up his not-so-royal sleeve…

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2012
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.4
BISACS JUV012030, JUV010000, JUV034000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.5 x 11
Lexile 610
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149028
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Debbie Singleton

Debbie Singleton grew up in Middlesbrough. Graduating from Cambridge University, she has traveled 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, England. This is her first picture book.

Illustrator: Holly Swain

Holly Swain is a children's book illustrator who lives in Hove with her husband Matt. As a kid, she always loved to draw. Holly has illustrated a number of children's picture books for a variety of publishers.


The Horn Book Guide

“Determined to find the perfect prince for his daughter, a king never sleeps. A comical procession of princes is interviewed; each unsuccessfully tries to lull the king into sleep so he can speak directly to the princess. A farmer and his miscounted sheep finally succeed. This new and funny story uses traditional fairy-tale structure. The bright, simple illustrations reward a closer look.” —The Horn Book Guide


“Singleton’s humorous story elegantly combines a fractured fairy tale with counting and weekday timekeeping.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“The humorous watercolor and pencil cartoon illustrations are large and bright, and feature expressive, goggle-eyed characters.” —School Library Journal

The Horn Book Magazine

“Singleton uses a traditional fairy tale structure in an altogether new and funny story, great for reading to groups, who will early spot the green-suited farmer watching from a distance before he makes his first trip in with a wiggling bag of animals. Bright, simple watercolor and colored pencil illustrations use shadows to add interest, and a closer look at the pictures rewards the viewer with entertaining details.” —The Horn Book Magazine

Kirkus Reviews

“Swain’s dynamic and appealing watercolor-and–color-pencil illustrations add charm, whimsy and amusing details to the happily-ever-after tale.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers 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.” —Publishers Weekly