The Girl Who Hated Books-ebook : 25th Anniversary Edition

By Manjusha Pawagi

Illustrated By Leanne Franson

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A beloved and timeless story celebrates 25 years!

"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. 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. The 25th anniversary edition features an interview with the author, covers from editions of the book published around the world, and letters from children, including readers who found their love of stories alongside Meena for the very first time.

Praise & Recognition

"The watercolor illustrations are a riot of activity in this delightful story about leaning into one’s imagination."

Foreword Reviews

"For a more nostalgic treatment of a book for non-readers look for the 25th anniversary edition of The Girl Who Hated Books... In this riotous mixture of 'princes and princesses, fairies and frogs,' Meena discovers there are unexpected joys within their covers... Besides letters sent to the author, it features the original amusing illustrations by Saskatchewan-born, now Montreal-based artist Leanne Franson."

Winnipeg Free Press

This is a playful and satisfying story that explores the pleasures of reading with humour and wit.

Quill & Quire

A given set of usual patterns of successful children's books does not necessarily predict the popularity among readers. It is unpredictable.. Nevertheless, Manjusha's The Girl Who Hate Books could wrap itself around the readers like me, and leaves us with a lasting value.

Azi Premji University

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week selection 2003 - Winner

Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award 1999 - Short-listed

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Book 1999 - Commended


Publication Date: February 7, 2023

Reading Age: 6 - 8

Product Format: E-book – EPUB

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-1-77260-293-7

Weight: 0

Manjusha Pawagi

About the Author

Manjusha Pawagi

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.

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About the Illustrator

Leanne Franson

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.
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