Gabe and Ellie love soccer, animals, games, and especially gum, but they hate to read! When they tell Ms. Molly, the mysterious librarian, that “reading is boring,” Ellie falls into a deep read and can’t be distracted from her book! Gabe tries everything to break the curse, but only a read of true love can free Ellie. Determined to have his friend back, Gabe traverses the mountain of books surrounding Ellie to find the perfect book for him. Can he read a book cover to cover and truly love it?
A mesmerizing twist on an enchanting fairytale, this story shows children that there’s a book for everyone! The magical library illustrations and hidden Pelican books propel readers and non-readers on an unforgettable adventure sure to help them find their very own “perfect read”.
About the Author
As a former English teacher and journalist, Kimberly Long Cockroft loves nothing more than sharing stories and poems with children. Her creations have been published in award-winning magazines like Cricket. She can often be found mesmerized by a good book from her favorite library in her home state of Washington.
About the Illustrator
Mary Grace Corpus began drawing from the time she learned to talk. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art, earning her bachelors in illustration. When not drawing, she can be found curled up with a book at her home in Maryland.
Written by Kimberly Long Cockroft
Illustrated by Mary Grace Corpus
32 pp. 8.5 x 11 31 illus.
JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Age & grade: 3-8 & Pre-K-3
Reading Ease: 98.5 Flesch-Kincaid Score: 0.9