Fairy tales from past centuries are often unsuitable as bedtime stories. They may be too long, too gruesome or contain inappropriate themes. Short of exhaustively reading and checking volumes of fairy tales for their suitability, length, and boredom factor, what can a parent do?
The answer is to read a KidSlumber Bedtime Story.
Each story is purpose-written as a bedtime story and takes about 10-12 minutes to read. Each story has humor, rhyme and usually a moral.
In KidSlumber stories no-one dies, no child is abandoned by its parents, nor are the stories saccharine sweet or baby-ish. Think Grimms Fairy Tales without the gore and Disney without the dark themes.
The stories are designed to encourage interaction between the child and the parent/reader, as each story contains some elements that are likely to be unfamiliar to the child, (as well as some elements to prevent the parent/reader from falling asleep).
KidSlumber stories are available in all major digital formats, downloadable straight to your mobile device/e-reader/pc.
The stories are ideal for back-lit devices, as a story can be read with the lights out, making it easier for the child to become sleepy.
For children 5-10+
Contents of Volume 1
Chapter 1: Mary the Dolphin
Lana and her family are on holiday in the Caribbean when she finds a stranded dolphin. Can she rescue it? Does this story sound fishy?
Chapter 2: Sideshow Surprise
Mandy goes to the annual fair with her cousins, one of whom steals her money. How can she still have fun at the fair? Maybe she just has to clown around.
Chapter 3: Scorchie
On the way back from a camping trip Ben finds a lizard that turns out to be a fire-breathing dragon. He discovers some strange uses for his new pet.
Chapter 4: Kids in Space
Troy wins a competition to visit the International Space Station. Will his experiment work? It's a question of the utmost gravity.
Chapter 5: The really smart, smart-phone
Linda's parents insist she try for a scholarship to a private school. Can a girly geek beat the rich girls at outdoor survival? Is her new phone too smart for its own good? (Double length story).
Chapter 6: The Magic Hat
Freddy is a shy boy with a bad stutter. Can he overcome his problem and be like everyone else or is he talking through his hat?
Chapter 7: Royal Contest
When the King tells Prince Harry he has 60 days to find a wife, the rush is on. Harry has to go undercover to find his true lover.
Chapter 8: The Wicked Witch of Wocken
This witch loves to torment children and ruin their birthday parties. Has she met her match in Eric, the door-to-door broom salesman, or does she brush him off?
Chapter 9: The Best Prize Ever
Mike's Elementary School essay on how he got the most out of his department store experience one Halloween night.
Chapter 10: The Flying Saucer
Jess had an unexpected visitor during her summer vacation on the farm. Was he from space or just spaced-out?
Chapter 11: The Curse
Lance was a bully who liked to laugh at the misfortune of others, until he was cursed. Will he lift the curse or have a life adverse?
Chapter 12: The Dream Master
Marie was bored at the holiday chalet. There were no children there of her age. Could the weird old monk help her escape her boredom so she could have a dream holiday?
Approximately 30,000 words
About the Author
Being a busy parent (who happens to be a writer), Pat needed bedtime stories that were short, suitable, available instantly and without the old stereotypes or scary themes. When such stories could not be found it was time to reach for some fresh parchment and start writing. There are now two volumes of KidSlumber Bedtime Stories that are popular all over the world.