I Want a Bedtime Story by Tony Ross

I Want a Bedtime Story

Written by Tony Ross
Illustrated by Tony Ross
Part of the Little Princess Series

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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After all these years the Little Princess still rules the palace and its inhabitants – including the queen, the admiral and the prime minister. The king is away and she wants a bedtime story, but none of the grown-ups’ stories match her daddy’s (though the gardener’s tale of the carrot who was afraid of the dark sounds good). When she gets that look – perfectly depicted by Tony Ross in facial expression and body language – the maid is called, as she so often is. She takes the Little Princess to the library, full of course of brilliant stories, even the one that daddy always tells and, to her surprise, the Little Princess can read it all by herself. Tony Ross’s understanding of children is as acute as ever, and children and parents will love this. ~ Andrea Reece


I Want a Bedtime Story by Tony Ross

Every bedtime the King tells the Little Princess a story before she falls asleep. When he's away on royal business, everyone tries to make up a bedtime story for the Little Princess, but no one is as good as her dad. Finally the palace maid has an idea...Little Princess can discover stories to read to herself at bedtime, in the palace library!


Tony Ross's understanding of children is as acute as ever, and children and parents will love this. -- Andrea Reece Lovereading4Kids Quintessential Ross...amusing and colourful School Library Journal Quintessential Ross...amusing and colourful School Library Journal

About the Author

Tony Ross

Born in 1938 in Wandsworth, South London, Tony Ross never though about a career in art, but says he fell into it after his dream of being a cowboy disintegrated when a letter he wrote to John Wayne was never replied to.

After Liverpool College of Art, Tony became an art director at an Advertising Agency but after a particularly bad day in the office he gave up his job to go into teaching at Manchester Polytechnic.

His first book was published in 1976 and as well as his own, he has illustrated over 1000 books for authors such as Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin, which are published all over the world. His series of books written with Jeanne Willis featuring the extra terrestrial teacher, Dr Xargle, has established a huge following of fans. As has his fantastic and fun illustrations in the Horrid Henry series. A TV adaptation of his much-loved Little Princess series is currently showing on Channel 5’s Milkshake.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

4th February 2016




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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