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A gay retelling of the classic fairy tale--a scrumptious love story featuring ungrateful stepsiblings, a bake-off, and a fairy godfather.
Cinderelliot is stuck at home taking care of his ungrateful stepsister and stepbrother. When Prince Samuel announces a kingdom-wide competition to join the royal staff as his baker, the stepsiblings insist that Cinderelliot bake their entries, leaving no time for he, himself, to compete. Fairy Godfather Ludwig appears and magically helps Cinderelliot bake his best chocolate cake, clean up, and get to the competition via limo. At the bake-off, Prince Samuel falls in love with Cinderelliot's cake, but our hero has to run off as the clock strikes midnight, leaving behind his chef hat. The next day, Prince Samuel searches the kingdom for the owner of the hat and finds that it fits perfectly on Cinderelliot's head. The prince is delighted to find not only his new baker but also the man of his dreams, and Cinderelliot creates a magnificent wedding cake--and the two live scrumptiously ever after.
About the Author
Mark Ceilley earned his MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University. He has taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, and Second grades, and is currently a reading interventionist. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his husband. This is his first picture book.
Rachel Smoka-Richardson has a MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In her free time, Rachel loves to read, craft, travel, and hang out with her husband and sweet rescue dogs at their Minneapolis home. This is her first picture book.
Stephanie Laberis is a California-based artist and RISD alumna, specializing in kidlit illustration and character design for animation. When she's not drawing, Steph volunteers at her local wildlife hospital or spends quality time with her beloved cats, rats, and mice.
"A fairy-tale retelling with a sprinkle of gender swapping (and actual sprinkles)....Shamelessly saccharine and delightfully queer."—Kirkus Reviews
"Always room for one more happy ending, and the fairy godfather is truly scrumptious."—School Library Journal