A Scrumptious Fairytale


By Mark Ceilley

By Rachel Smoka-Richardson

Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

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A 2023 ALA Rainbow Book List Book!

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.


  • "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

On Sale
May 3, 2022
Page Count
32 pages
Running Press Kids

Mark Ceilley

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. In his free time, Mark enjoys traveling, cooking, and theater productions. He is co-author of Cinderelliot, published by Running Press Kids. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his husband. 

James Jeffers is a queer illustrator with a whimsical storybook style, exploring colors and shapes that bring a sense of wonder and fantasy to his illustrations.

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