Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep (A Chengdu Book) (Board book)

By Barney Saltzberg, Barney Saltzberg (Illustrator)

Disney-Hyperion, 9781484775653, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/6/2014)

List Price: 6.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


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!

About the Author

Barney Saltzberg ( is an author/illustrator/singer/songwriter who has published close to 30 children's books, including BEAUTIFUL OOPS! and CHENGDU CAN DO, a companion to this book. 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.

Praise For Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep (A Chengdu Book)

*"Little sleepyheads will love chanting along with the words, and no one can deny the appeal of the art. A bedtime winner."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The gentle sight gags add humor without breaking the calming mood, making this an ideal nighttime book for the very young."—Horn Book

"A lovely choice for toddler programs or pajama storytimes."—School Library Journal