Set the tone for bedtime with ‘Princess Who Could Not Sleep’


THE PRINCESS WHO COULD NOT SLEEP,” by An Leysen, Clavis, Sept. 26, 2012, Hardcover, $15.95 (ages 3 and up)

There once was a stunningly beautiful princess who could not sleep. Never. Not even a nap. When the princess couldn’t sleep, no one else could either. It turns out the little lady had quite a set of lungs.

Night after night, the whole palace would remain awake, listening to the royal’s screams. No sleep meant no work was getting done. The kingdom was in a shambles.

The king finally told his ministers and councilors that he would grant any wish within his power to the person who could make the princess sleep for a night. But even with that motivation nothing, and I mean nothing — lullabies, warm milk, counting sheep — worked. If only there was a prince who knew what to do…

If ever there were a book that showed the consequences of not sleeping, it would be “The Princess Who Could Not Sleep.” Author An Leyson combines a fun story, whimsical artwork and elements of her own daughter’s drawings to create a tale young children will gobble up.


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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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