This is a children’s picture book structure break down for Sleeping Handsome and the Princess Engineer by Kay Woodward and Jo de Ruiter. This breakdown will contain spoilers.
Once upon a time:
(Pages 1-3) Once upon a time in a kingdom far away, a new prince was born. His name was Jack but he was so handsome that everyone called him Prince Handsome.
Until one day:
(Pages 4-9) The King and Queen decided to throw a big party for their new prince. Out of nowhere, a Wizard magically appears and is unhappy for not being invited to the party. He casts a curse on Jack that he will be allergic to pointy things.
The castle magician, McMagic changes the curse so everyone will go to sleep instead of dying and only the gift of intelligence will break the curse.
(Pages 10-13) All the pointy objects were removed from the Kingdom, but the prince was not entirely happy – he wanted to be a Knight with a real pointy weapon. His friend Prince James, brings over a pointy plastic sword and accidentally pokes Jack and causes everyone in the kingdom to fall into a deep sleep.
And because of this:
(Pages 14-19) A hundred years passes and a new city was sprung up around the kingdom. Princess Anya heard about the lost kingdom and started to drill underground until she finds sleeping Jack. She tried everything to wake him up until she finally gives him a kiss and this works.
(Pages 20-22) Everyone else in the kingdom wakes up along with Jack. He proposes marriage to Princess Anya which she declines because she just met him for five minutes. So Jack apologizes and invites her to the movies instead.
Total # Pages: 24
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