The Girl Who Hated Books

  • Illustrated By: Leanne Franson
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:reading for pleasure, literacy strategies, classic kids books, BIPOC characters
  • Available:02/07/2023
  • Lexile:600L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:M

"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.

"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