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The Prince's Bedtime aka The Storybook Prince

I wrote this book for my daughter, Stephanie, who could find even more ways to avoid bedtime than the little prince in my picture book. She was probably only 5 or 6 when I wrote this, but the story sat in a drawer for many years. It was not published until she was in her first year of law school. The original edition illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger was called "The Story Book Prince" and was published by Harcourt Brace in 1987. The Memphis Ballet Company adapted the story for a ballet they performed for hundreds of schoolchildren.


Years later the same story was reissued by Barefoot Books with a new title, "The Prince’s Bedtime" and new art by Miriam Latimer with a CD narrated by Jim Broderbund. A more recent paperback edition with CD is now narrated by Hugh Bonneville. I was recently told that the book is being sold in the Buckingham Palace Bookstore. What a long way for a bedtime story to travel.

The Prince's Bedtime Cover

"Oppenheim's alliterative rolling, rhyming verse, centers on a young prince in a faraway kingdom who refuses to go to sleep at bedtime...This spirited story may not lull little ones to sleep, but it will surely put smiles on their faces."

                                                                                                     —Publisher's Weekly

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