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Chengdu Could Not Would Not Fall Asleep

Barney Saltzberg, Barney Saltzberg (Illustrator)

Board book

List Price: 6.99*
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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/6/2014)


High in his bamboo tree, a young panda named Chengdu lies awake while everyone around him is sleeping. No matter what he tries, he cannot fall asleep. He turns and he tosses. He scrunches and he rolls. He even hangs upside down. Finally he climbs up and up and up, until he finds the perfect spot atop his brother. Panda pile!

Praise For Chengdu Could Not Would Not Fall Asleep

Praise for Chengdu Could Not Would Not Fall Asleep:
Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
CCBC Choices
A Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book
Distinguished List of the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California
Texas 2X2 Reading List
WSRA Recommendation List

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9781484775653, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

About the Author

Barney Saltzberg ( is an author/illustrator/singer/songwriter who has published close to thirty children's books, including Beautiful Oops! and Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep, a companion to Chengdu Can Do. 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 lives in Los Angeles, California.