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Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds)

Illustrated by Barry Blitt



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About The Book

Once upon a time
there was a grown-up
looking for a book
with very short bedtime stories
for a kid who wouldn't go to sleep.
So the grown-up picked up this book
and read this flap
and took the book home
and read it out loud
and they both laughed
and fell fast asleep
Just like you.
The end.

About The Author

Photo Credit:

Geoffrey Kloske is a book editor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About The Illustrator

Barry Blitt’s illustrations have appeared on more than eighty New Yorker covers and have also graced the pages of The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. He is the illustrator of Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) by Geoffrey Koske and The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn by Robert Burleigh, as well as other picture books. He lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2005)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689866197
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"Smart and funny and beautiful and pithy. I really love it and I'm very jealous."
-- Maira Kalman

"Better than Children's Benadryl when it's cocktail hour and the kid won't go to sleep."
-- Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket)

Awards and Honors

  • NAPPA Gold Award Winner
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award List

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