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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.

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“Shamelessly saccharine and delightfully queer.” Kirkus

“Always room for one more happy ending, and the fairy godfather is truly scrumptious; for all ages.” School Library Journal

“Authors Mark Ceilley and Rachel Smoka-Richardson keep the dialogue punchy and fun, while Stephanie Laberis’ illustrations are lively and expressive…A delightful story for kids—but would even make a great gift for adult fans of baking and baking TV shows!” Mombian

“The authors add a variety of delicious verbs to make this story taste sweet on the tongue. Illustrations by Stephanie Laberis are as charming and sparkly as the text.” Barnes and Noble

“Cinderelliot is a new and wonderful variation of the classic tale Cinderella. I love how this gay version of the classic tale is out there for our children to read and enjoy. Diverse representation is so important and this story does that with a delightful story and amazing illustrations. I bought this book for my niece and nephews as well as an addition to my classroom library.” Amazon