The Prince Won't Go to Bed

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"WAA! WAA! WAA! I will not go to bed!"

the teeny-tiny, itty-bitty, little Prince said.

Nanny is at her wits' end. Why won't the Prince go to bed? Squire Frat, Lord Gerty, and others in the royal household try to help. Could he want a fluffy pillow? A softer mattress? A gentle lullaby? As the Prince's cries get louder and louder, the castle turns topsy-turvy—until Princess Kate, woken by the ruckus, thinks to ...

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Overview

"WAA! WAA! WAA! I will not go to bed!"

the teeny-tiny, itty-bitty, little Prince said.

Nanny is at her wits' end. Why won't the Prince go to bed? Squire Frat, Lord Gerty, and others in the royal household try to help. Could he want a fluffy pillow? A softer mattress? A gentle lullaby? As the Prince's cries get louder and louder, the castle turns topsy-turvy—until Princess Kate, woken by the ruckus, thinks to ask her brother why he won't settle down—discovering that a simple good-night kiss is all he wants.

Ingenious collage illustrations rich with funny antics bring this medieval world to life, while the rollicking rhyme will have listeners chiming in with glee.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Told with bright and playful language and a hearty helping of rhyme, the text is perfect for reading aloud....A great package for children who soak up rhyme and fun wherever they can." —Starred, School Library Journal

"Hilarious...Although the book is raucous enough to let kids shed their energy, it comes to a satisfying, quiet conclusion, eminently suitable for bedtime." —Publishers Weekly

"Dodds's rhymes are bouncy and fun to read aloud; her page turns are propulsive; and the cumulative structure...builds satisfyingly." —The Horn Book

"[A] classic going-to-bed book." —Newark Star-Ledger

Publishers Weekly

As in Joanne Oppenheim's The Prince's Bedtime, a prince's servants and courtiers try one remedy after another to try to coax their royal subject into retiring for the night, but he obdurately refuses: " 'Waa! Waa! Waa!/ I will not go to bed!' / the teeny-tiny, itty-bitty, little Prince said." Not even new pillows and mattresses, pipers and drummers, or a three-foot high pudding will do the trick. Dodds's (previously paired with Brooker for Henry's Amazing Machine) rhymed text abounds with the kind of repetitions in structure and language that make children want to join in. When old Lord Gerty suggests a bath, he and the nanny "rub-dubbedthrough the castle,/ they rub-dubbedthrough the hall," until they think the happy prince is fast asleep. ("No one heard a peep.... But then..."). The fonts grow larger and Brooker's hilarious, cock-eyed collages ever more frantic with each repetition of the prince's "Waa! Waa! Waa!" Dodds solves the problem by having the prince whisper to his sister exactly what he needs to fall asleep: a good-night kiss. Although the book is raucous enough to let kids shed their energy, it comes to a satisfying, quiet conclusion, eminently suitable for bedtime. Ages 3-6. (Nov.)

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Children's Literature
The royal household is upset when the King and Queen are out, and the prince refuses to go and stay in bed. One by one they try to soothe him, but each time they fail. In jolly verses his Nanny plays with him, old Lord Gerty suggests a warm bath, Squire Frat offers a fluffy pillow, Cook prepares a pudding, they then try soft mattresses and a lullaby, but the little prince’s “Waa! Waa! Waa!” just gets louder each time. Finally his sister, Princess Kate, gives him what he really wants, his good-night kiss. Brooker’s combination of collage and mixed media creates the comedy’s complex cast of fearful characters in false medieval settings, including the unhappy prince who keeps his crown on through all the action. Full-page action scenes with considerable detail alternate with vignettes, all done with comic emphasis. Perhaps this is a good choice for successful bed-time reading. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Merriment and mayhem fill the castle when the prince won't go to bed. From Nanny to the Royal Guard, a multitude of palace servants attempts to lull the young boy off to dreamland. One after another, the adults try to identify what the prince needs (a bubble bath, a softer pillow, a peach-and-plum pudding), to no avail. Round and round they go until the prince's older sister solves the problem by giving her brother a goodnight kiss. This story is laugh-out-loud funny for children who know full well that they put their own parents through this nightly ordeal. Told with bright and playful language and a hearty helping of rhyme ("They STRUM-STRUMMED through the castle,/they PIPE-PIPED through the hall,/a band of court musicians,/bagpipes, lute, and all"), the text is perfect for reading aloud. Done in rich tones, the lively illustrations combine paint and collage to create a detailed medieval setting. The characters' faces are brimming with emotion and exasperation, and the figures fairly bound from the pages. Many of the spreads are encased in gilded frames, adding to the regal mood. A great package for children who soak up rhyme and fun wherever they can.
—Joan KindigCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
"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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374361082
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 11.86 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

DAYLE ANN DODDS and KYRSTEN BROOKER previously collaborated on Henry's Amazing Machine, which Kirkus Reviews praised, saying "readers will be mesmerized," and School Library Journal said "begs to be read aloud." Ms. Dodds lives in Carmel Valley, California. Ms. Brooker lives in Edmonton, Canada.

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