The Prince’s Bedtime

What It Is

A young prince has so much to do, why waste time going to sleep? One night, this story’s prince flat-out refuses to go to sleep. His mother, the queen, has the castle staff bring him cookies and hot milk, to no avail. So the king puts out a royal request to his kingdom for assistance. A diverse parade of subjects comes to the prince’s bedroom, including a physician with a special medicine that ends up putting everyone else to sleep except the prince. Dancers, magicians, jugglers all visit the Prince and their efforts only energize the youngster. One evening, an old woman knocks on the door, claiming to have the perfect antidote — a bedtime story. Guess what? It works like a charm!

Why It’s Fun

This rhyming story bedtime story reads like a fairy tale with a sense of humor. The verse is fun to read and easily leads the audience to imagine the spectacle that takes place trying to get the young lad to sleep. The illustrations are very vibrant and done in a “collage” style, which lends nicley to the story’s comedic element.

Who’s Going To Love It

This is a great bedtime read and a wonderful library selection or addition to a child’s home collection. The story’s shorter length makes the book perfect for the younger age of the publisher’s recommended age range. I was drawn to this book because I know the author, Joanne Oppenheim, through my work in the toy industry. I was delighted to see my six-year-old enjoy the story, equally pleased that it didn’t give her any ideas on how to delay her bedtime!

Reading Time

About 3 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

8 out of 10

Book Information

The Prince’s Bedtime
By: Joanne Oppenheim, Illustrated by Miriam Latimer
Published by: Barefoot Books (2006)
Approximate retail price: $16.99 hardcover; $9.99 paperback w/ CD
Publisher’s recommended ages: 3 - 7


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