Synopses & Reviews
THE LITTLE PRINCE HAS A NEW BABY SISTER AND SHE WON’T STOP CRYING. . . SO THE BRAVE AND LOYAL KNIGHT IS SENT ON A QUEST TO FIND THE SOFTEST AND FLUFFIEST PILLOW IN ALL THE KINGDOM — AND FAST!
WILL HE BE UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
A baby princess has just been born to the royal family, but on one unlucky day, the fat royal cat squashes the baby’s soft pillow. Without her pillow, the princess cries and cries, throwing the entire household into turmoil. The king decides to do something about this state of affairs, so he sends his brave and loyal knight out to the forest to find soft, new stuffing for the pillow. After many an adventure, the knight finally returns with fresh feathers for the princess’s special pillow. But will it make her happy again? Will she finally stop crying and let the rest of the family get some sleep? David Melling’s newest delightful picture storybook features humorous illustrations rendered in his highly distinctive style.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Melling is an English illustrator and storyteller who has created many funny and delightful books for boys and girls. In addition to Good Knight Sleep Tight, Barron’s is also the North American publisher of David Melling’s The Kiss That Missed, The Tale of Jack Frost, and The Ghost Library. He is married and lives with his wife and daughter in Oxfordshire, England.
"The king's loyal knight is sent off on a quest of national urgency: find new stuffing for the bawling infant princess's pillow. The original stuffing for 'the softest, fluffiest pillow in the kingdom' has been gleefully decimated by the 'the fat royal cat,' and the newborn princess cannot sleep so no one else can either. The knight must find some 'soft and fluffy' filler so everybody can get some rest. The gent bravely wrests potential pillow material away from the ravenous beasts (too scratchy, according to his steed) and wolves (too bristly), before hitting the jackpot with a treeful of birds, who gladly give up their downy feathers for their princess. Melling's (The Kiss That Missed) storytelling feels a bit overlong, and there are really two endings: the princess won't go to sleep, even with her newly stuffed pillow, until her once-jealous big brother competently coaxes her with a cuddle. But Melling's watercolor-and-ink pictures bubble with a pleasing slapstick tone (the knight is constantly falling off his horse) and a mock-serio theatricality, while the narrative hints at just enough British urbanity to tickle the younger set ('Well really, it's hardly fair,' complain the man-eating bears after their bottoms have been denuded of fur, 'We just wanted a quick nibble'). A jovial offering. Ages 4-7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When the royal family's fat cat squashes the baby princess's soft pillow, the princess can't sleep on it any more, and she cries and cries. Perhaps her brother the prince can find a way to make her stop crying in this new picture book by the author of "The Kiss That Missed." Full color.
A baby princess has just been born to the royal family, but her elder brother the little prince can't understand what all the fuss is about. On one unlucky day the fat royal cat squashes the baby's soft pillow, and the princess can't sleep on it any more. She cries and cries, which prompts the king to send his brave and loyal knight out to the forest to find soft, new stuffing for the pillow. After many an adventure, the knight finally returns with fresh feathers for the princess's special pillow. Will it make her happy again? Will she finally stop crying and let the rest of the family get some sleep? It sounds like a good ideabut the princess isn't soothed. She continues to cry. Maybe, her brother the prince has a better way to make her stop crying. David Melling's newest delightful picture storybook features humorous illustrations done in the same attractive style that distinguishes three of his earlier favorites, The Kiss That Missed, The Ghost Library, and The Tale of Jack Frost.