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The moon has switched off the light, the animals are sleeping—BUT I CANNOT SLEEP!

The Story of the Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep

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Martin Baltscheit

The Story of the Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep

Four-colour picture book

2nd ed. published 2020. 40 pages From the age of 4 years up All rights available

Beltz & Gelberg

The Story of the Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep

Four-colour picture book

It is evening in the Savannah and the animals lie down to rest. Only one tosses and turns from left to right and just can’t sleep: the lion! And when a lion cannot sleep … oh dear. His angry roaring wakes all the other animals up. They assist him providing both support and advice. But are their sleep rituals really helpful? The little rabbit of all animals comes to the rescue: The lion needs a cuddly toy!

Martin Baltscheit is the father of the lion and also an unusual narrator. He tells his stories in books, plays, movies and audio books. Children and adults alike love his lion.


• not being able to fall asleep -- all children know that
• written with a lot of humor, beyond the classic sleep books
• so much strength, so much weakness - you just have to like the lion