The Dream Eater

The Dream Eater
The Dream Eater

About the book

The princess Schlafittchen leads a wonderful life, because her father is the king of Schlummerland, the land of slumber. She has only one problem: Her perfect life could soon be over, as princess Schlafittchen has sent away the little dream eater and ever since then the whole country is plagued by bad dreams. In Schlummerland, however, the king is elected among the country’s best sleepers. A revolt of the people looms. What is there to do?
Nobody can advice her – until Schlafittchen’s father sets off on an adventurous journey and finds the terribly starved little dream eater. But will the two of them manage to return to Schlummerland in time? The operatic version of the “Traumfresserchen” is one of the most performed operas of the post war period sung in German.


  • Pages: 28
  • First published in: 1978
  • ISBN: 3522415000
  • Edition: Picture Book
  • Illustrator: Annegret Fuchshuber
  • Original publisher: Thienemann Verlag
  • Translations:
    American English, Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Catalan, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Swiss German, Spanish, Hungarian

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Other editions

  • Paperback:
    Das Traumfresserchen (The Dream Eater)
    Carlsen TB Volume. 265, 2004.


  • Das kleine Lumpenkasperle (The Little Rag Puppet)
    Reading for Children, DerAudioVerlag 2006, Audio Book 1 CD (together with: Das Traumfresserchen / The Dream Eater) 39 Minutes. With Uwe Friedrichsen, Ilja Richter and others. Bonus track: Das Traumfresserchenlied (The Dream Eater’s Song). An MDR production with music by Franz Bartzsch.
The Dream Eater
The Dream Eater

Radio Play

  • Das Traumfresserchen (The Dream Eater)
    (Together with: The Little Rag Puppet). Radio Play with Wolff Frass, Eva Ch. Langer, Eberhard Haar. 1 CD 47 Minutes. Karussell/ Universal, 1999. Also available as MC.
The Dream Eater
The Dream Eater


  • CD-ROM:
    Das Traumfresserchen by Michael Ende
    (Interactive Picture Book for Children), Terzio-Verl. 2002C.