Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney SaltzbergChengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep

byBarney SaltzbergIllustratorBarney Saltzberg

Hardcover | May 6, 2014

Pricing and Purchase Info

$16.43 online 
$17.99 list price save 8%
Earn 82 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


High in his tree a young panda named Chengdu lies awake, even though everyone around him is quietly sleeping. He tosses and he turns. He scrunches and he squirms, until he finally finds the perfect spot.
Barney Saltzberg ( is an author/illustrator/singer/songwriter who has published close to 30 children's books. He studied art at Sonoma State College in Northern California and later took a class at Otis/Parsons in Children's Book writing and illustrating where he created his first book,It Must Have Been the Wind.He ...
Title:Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall AsleepFormat:HardcoverDimensions:48 pages, 9.5 × 9.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:142316721X

ISBN - 13:9781423167211


Editorial Reviews

This very quiet picture book speaks to little ones who know the unsettling experience of being the only one awake in the night. Chengdu, a chunky young panda, cannot fall asleep, no matter how he shifts position, until he finds the perfect spot-on top of his brother. Of course, now his brother is the one who is awake! The story is told with a minimum of words and with grainy textured pen-and-ink illustrations, b&w with accents of soft green bamboo. Fold-outs extend the pictures horizontally, vertically, or in graduated layers that add variety while keeping the focus closely on the adorable insomniac panda. A third panda joins the brothers on a final wordless spread, in which all appear finally to be asleep. This is a bedtime story for the very young, simple enough for fledgling readers. Jan Aldrich Solow, Librarian, A. Scott Crossfield Elementary School, Herndon, Virginia Recommended-Library Media Connection