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The book I don't want to go to bed is one of the books from the little princess range created by Tony Ross. The book has a recommended retail price of £5.99 in paperback but I would never pay this price for the books and I bought them for my son a couple of years ago in a pack of around ten books from The Book People for around £10.00 which I am sure you will agree is excellent value.
The little princess is a spoilt princess who is fussed over by her parents-the king and queen and their various servants and friends. What is nice about the little princess stories is that she faces dilemmas that young children also face such as giving up their dummy, a new brother or not wanting to go to bed so children can relate to the stories!
I don't want to go to bed is a paperback book which has a picture of the princess scowling with her arms folded in her pyjamas on the front cover. The illustrations in these books are just fantastic in my opinion and Tony Ross really does add a lot of humour to the books with the well drawn, colourful illustrations.
In the book we begin with the little princess asking perfectly reasonably:
"Why do I have to go to bed when I am not tired and get up when I am?"
Throughout the book the little princess comes up with lots of excuses to get out of bed such as needing a drink, or there being a spider on her ceiling. I am sure that any parent with children will have experienced this kind of night or will do at some point or other! I know I have!
When the king goes to check on the little princess she isn't in bed and they begin to search for her wondering if she has run away. Eventually they find the little princess fast asleep in the dog's bed where she wakes and decides she does want to go to bed after all!
I really like the little princess stories as they do talk about things that may crop up with your child. My son enjoys the stories too. They aren't too long and so it makes an easy bedtime story. The language used in the books isn't overly complex either and so young readers may like to have a go at reading these books with you.
If you were going to buy any of the little princess books I would advise you look around for a set as they are much better value than the single books.
Thank you for reading my review!