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A little princess is going to bed, but needs a story!

With her parents, the king and queen, out of the castle, it's up to Sebastian and the rest of the servants to read her a story. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite go as planned. This bedtime story about a bedtime story is perfect for silly readers and little princesses alike.


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The Cast of Characters


The Little Princess

A lovely Princess with a big set of lungs. Needs a book to be read to her before bed.



The majordomo of the castle. He is watching over the little Princess.


Jangles the Court Jester

He always has a smile on his face as he juggles around.


Olive the Gardener

She loves tending her plants and making everything perfect.


Basil the Cook

He can make any dish you'd want. Hungry yet?


Merry the Maid

You may never see her eyes, but she keeps things nice and clean.

About the creators

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Sean McDevitt

You can’t just come up with a good idea. Good ideas are everywhere. It’s taking the inspiration and doing the actual hard work. Seeing a project through is one of the greatest rewards. I love being told a great story, but telling one of your own is priceless. It is my hope readers are inspired to go write their own stories, paint their own pictures, play their own music, and find their own creative playground.

If you like Goodnight Princess, tell someone. Better yet, read it to them.

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Kelli Roos

Tell the story well; that’s all an audience asks for. I bring extensive research into setting and character. My goal is to study all the character angles and find the expressions that best fit their personality. Through pacing and forms, I create emotive scenes. The reader may not notice it, but if they feel it, I’ve succeeded.

I want readers to engage with the story and spark their imagination further, so they may create as well.

Our reviews

What separates the true classic children's book, whether it be Goodnight Moon, The Polar Express, The Giving Tree, and their ilk, is their ability to give something to the adult reader at the same time the child is entertained. It's those books that get asked for again and again at bedtime while others pile in a corner. On this scale, Goodnight Princess succeeds heartily. Its simple story and compelling art captivate both reader and child and I anticipate reading it many, many a bedtime.
Mark Allen, author of Six Degrees of September


Every child who has ever had trouble going to sleep, and every parent who loves to incorporate voices, accents and creativity into a bedtime story will find "Goodnight Princess" a family classic and tradition. This will be your go-to book to teach your children a going to bed routine, to entertain, and to live happily ever after. As an aunt, a teacher, and a prospective mother, I am making this book a priority for the children I care for. You should too!
Justine Fitton, First Year Writing Instructor at Columbia College Chicago


The combination of story and art are wonderful. McDevitt and Roos have created a charmingly fun to read bedtime story. The watercolor artwork is stunning and the story is cute and adorable. I highly recommend Goodnight Princess for families who want to have fun right before bed. Pleasant dreams!
Howard Milton, father of three


About the story

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The Author and his Princess

The origin of this story begins with a night time road trip. It was late in the evening and I was driving my family home from visiting my parents. It was Fall and the sky was darkening.

My daughter Katie, stuck in a car seat with little to do, wanted nothing more than to fall asleep. Something she simply could not do without a bedtime story. As you might imagine, reading a story while driving was not an option even if a storybook was within reach. So, I did the next best thing... I made something up.

As I started, the words flowed easily. I remember not really having to think too hard about the next line or even where the story was going. It just happened. Speaking the story to my daughter, I did various voices for the gardener, the court jester and the rest.

She laughed, settled down and fell asleep.

Over the next few years, Katie would often ask for “her story” before bedtime. She would dismiss any number of children’s books in favor of the one I made up. The one with the little princess and the servants who talked funny.

It never occurred to me until several years had gone by that I probably ought to write the whole thing down. In the telling and retelling of the story, details were added and subtracted. Character names were given then taken away. It was my hope to put together the absolute best version of the story.

One of those versions I wrote out and had put into a picture frame with the idea that I might give it to Katie as a gift. I found it months later, reread the story, and tossed it as unusable and, frankly, pretty pathetic.

The older Katie became, the less she wanted “her story.” She found her own stories in various book series and didn’t need Dad to read her a bedtime story anymore. So, the little princess and her funny servants simply sat in my head. I didn’t know it at the time, but the story was percolating subconsciously. It needed some refinement and wasn’t quite ready to come out again.

A year or so back, an idea occurred to me that a story about a princess going to bed might work as a children’s book. If I could just find an awesome illustrator to help pull it all together, I could give that book to Katie as a gift. If anyone else wanted a copy... well, I could make that happen too.

The lovely and talented Kelli Roos was on board and she started doing preliminary watercolors and drawings. I started working on crafting the best version of Goodnight Princess (It finally had a title other than “My Story.”). The characters started taking shape. The look of the interior pages started coming together. The story was finalized and I was happy with the result.

The path to publication went through many ups and downs, but ultimately the product you have in your hands is the definitive version of my silly little princess story I made up on the fly during a road trip to try and get my kiddo to fall asleep.

I could not be any happier. I hope you like it. Although, to be honest, I think Katie misses me doing the silly voices.

Sean McDevitt July 2014

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