The Girl Who Hated Books

The Girl Who Hated Books


Written by Manjusha Pawagi and Illustrated by Leanne Franson


"There were books in dressers and drawers and desks, in closets and cupboards and chests. There were books on the sofa and books on the stairs..." And Meena hates all of them, as does her cat Max, who is shakily balanced on a giant stack of them. As Meena tries to rescue Max, the books come crashing down, freeing a wonderland of characters and animals who take Meena on a fanciful and funny romp through the magic of reading. A copy was given to children across Canada as part of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway.

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About the Author

Manjusha Pawagi is now Justice Pawagi, having been appointed to the Bench in January 2009. She presides in Brampton at the Ontario Court of Justice, Family Court. Justice Pawagi’s first career was as a journalist and children’s author. She has an MA in journalism from Stanford University and worked as a reporter for the Associated Press in St. Louis, Missouri and for CBC Radio, in Toronto and Charlottetown.

About the Illustrator

Leanne Franson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She studied Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal and did further study in Ceramics at Banff Centre, School of Fine Arts. After working as a dishwasher, massage therapist, short-order cook, waitress, foot courier and clerk at a fine arts materials shop, she decided to restrain herself to illustrating children’s books.

Product Information

  • Release: October 1, 1998

  • $7.95 Paperback

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children’s Picture Book

  • Ages 5-8 / Grades K-3

  • Guided Reading: M

  • ISBN: 9781896764092


  • Character Education
    > Family & Friendship

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity


  • Blue Spruce Award Finalist - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading


Watch the National Film Board's award-winning animated short adapted from The Girl Who Hated Books.