Eli And The Mystery Of The Hallowshine Dragon
by Eve Cabanel
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Pub Date 23 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2022
A moon elf’s journey to undo a dragon’s curse illuminates the power of friendship.
Two courageous friends adventure through lands of unicorns, fairies, and magical rainbows to confront a terrifying beast with a surprising wish.
In a beautiful enchanted forest lives a moon elf named Eli and her friend Luna. When Luna’s baby bunny is turned into hard rock candy by magical sugar crystals, the friends begin a journey to do the impossible to reverse the curse: confront the terrifying and legendary Hallowshine dragon for a drop of its healing saliva.
In their race against time to find the dragon, Eli and Luna meet magical creatures and travel through various dreamy lands including the Abyss of Time, a marvelous unicorn’s kingdom, a whimsical fairy’s home, and a waterfall with enchanted golden shoes.
A magical lesson is learned about how love, friendship, and acceptance can heal all if you have courage and believe in yourself.
A Note From the Publisher
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Children picture book suitable for age 3-8
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"Wildly Imaginative.." - Tara Lewis
"The Illustrations are spectacular!" - Reader's Favorite
"A whimsical story!" - Reedsy
Eve Cabanel’s picture book story, Eli and The Mystery of the Hallowshine Dragon, is a story about love and friendship. Filled with everything one would expect in a good fantasy – dragons, fairies, unicorns, and lots of magic – the plot is an epic adventure of discovery, a quest of sorts. The language is simple to help young readers read and follow along. The illustrations are spectacular, almost magical in themselves, and they certainly add another dimension to the story. The characters are well developed, and some of the events are a little comical, like Grandpa Numa’s hocus pocus spell to find the right book. It flies off the shelf, landing on his head. There is a touch of mystery to the story, too, as the two friends learn a little bit more about the Hallowshine dragon with each magical encounter along their journey. The key message is about the power of love and friendship, and this is beautifully and effectively portrayed. Lovely story!
Emily-Jane Hills Orford From Reader's Favorite
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This is a very Beautiful and cute book and I think children will love it. The colours and the illustrations are beautiful and bright and draw you in to want to read this book and it’s lovely story.
Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book.
This book is very adorable, the graphic illustrations are stunning and the story is really cute! Eli and Luna's journey together is wonderful and the ending is great! Would recommend for a cute Halloweenish book for your kiddos!
Thank you #Netgalley for the advance reader copy of Eli and the Mystery of the Hallowshine Dragon by Eve Cabanel in exchange for an honest review. The illustrations in this book were so beautiful! I read through it twice just to look at them. The storyline was sweet and had the message of friendship and working together. I thought this was a great book for kids. My niece and nephew will love it.
Eli and the Mystery of the Hallowshine Dragon is a fantastical tale of Eli, a moon led, and her best friend Luna who go on an adventure to save Luna’s son. Along the way we meet a whole cast of characters, including a unicorn and fairy.
This book is beautiful. The illustrations are colorful and pure magic. Any child who likes animals and mythical creatures is sure to enjoy this book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy.
I feel like this is how you get a child hooked on high fantasy. This is a picture book, but honestly it was a very in depth, fairly fleshed out book. I loved the illustrations and thought the story was fun. I think there are a lot of adults who would happily read this to their kids in hopes that this will help them to love the genre later in life.
Note: Review updated as the author fixed the printing issues.
Eli is a moon elf who lives with her friends in an enchanted forest. When a baby rabbit falls on a sugar crystal and turns into hard candy, Eli and Luna, the baby’s mother, race against time to find the Hallowshine Dragon. It’s the Dragon’s tears causing the sugar crystals, and only the Dragon can save the baby rabbit from becoming hard candy forever.
The illustrations are super fab! I love the play of colors, the detailing, and the magical setting. The illustrator gave life to the story.
The story is a typical adventure that ends with a moral lesson. For me, it’s the illustrations that are a huge hit. Kids who love fairy tales will enjoy the book. I do wish the author creates a series for Eli and the enchanted land. The setting is superb, and the moon elf seems like a beautiful character to know.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Twenty Two House Publishing and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Eli and The Mystery of the Hallowshine Dragon reminded me of the fantasy stories and movies I would watch as a young child. It brought me back to the joy and enchantment I felt watching movies such as The Last Unicorn. This magical children's story was filled to the brim with creativity and imagination and even had a sweet message about not judging others based on their reputation. The art work is equally whimsical, imaginative and delightful.
I really want to give this story five stars because it has so much potential and there is so much wonderful about it. Yet somehow it feels a little incomplete to me. I read an arc digital version of this book and I get the feeling that this story is best read in physical form to really bring the magic alive.
My toddler son loved the images as well.
I am giving this a tentative 4 1/2 stars but I do feel perhaps it would be more enjoyed and deserving of a higher rating as a physical copy of the book.
I definitely recommend this for parents and children who want to read a magical story with some beautiful illustrations. But, get the physical version.
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