A moon elf’s journey to undo a dragon’s curse illuminates the power of friendship.
In the new picture book Eli and the mystery of the Hallowshine dragon, 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.
Eli is a strange yet adventurous creature who deeply cares for all the animals of the enchanted forest. Her clothing is made of charmed leaves and fairy silk. With soft blue skin and feathered ears, her purple eyes are speckled with moon dust. Eli and her best friend Luna spend their days exploring Cucuruzzu, the mysterious and enchanted forest. Bearing an unusual and dangerous spell, Cucuruzzu has strange sugar crystals that coat the forest at night, turning anyone who touches them into hard candy.
One evening, when Luna’s beloved baby bunny, Doudou, accidentally falls on a sugar crystal, he is transformed into the hard rock candy. Knowing the poor bunny will remain in that state forever unless he is changed back before the next nightfall, Eli and Luna set out in the enchanted forest to find help. They reach Grandpa Numa who shares with them a secret book explaining the legend of the Hallowshine dragon.
“‘The Hallowshine dragon has rarely been seen, and has been feared for centuries,’ Eli read. ‘When the dragon is sad, his tears create sugar crystals that turn anybody into hard rock candy. The enchantment can be broken with a drop of his saliva, but only if it is done by the next nightfall.’”
Through their race against time to find the dragon, the pair meet magical creatures and travel through various dreamy lands including the Abyss of Time, a marvelous unicorn’s kingdom, a whimsical fairy’s home at the end of the rainbow, and a waterfall with enchanted golden shoes.
The picture book “Eli and the mystery of the Hallowshine dragon” brings Eli and Luna to a cave where they finally find the beautiful dragon, thought by all in the enchanted forest to be terrifying, weeping with loneliness. The sad dragon did not intend for his tears to cause all of this trouble, he simply wanted a friend. The Hallowshine dragon is delighted when he is asked to be Eli and Luna’s friend and the three race against time to Eli’s tree house so that bunny Doudou’s curse can be cured.
But instead, when they tend to the bunny, they learn a magical lesson about how love, friendship, and acceptance can heal all if you have courage and believe in yourself.
Artfully written by Eve Cabanel and lushly illustrated by Ekaterina Ilchenko, Eli and the Mystery of the Hallowshine Dragon is a wonderfully imaginative fantasy picture book about the magical strength of friendship and courage.
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You can preorder the ebook on Amazon now and the paperback version will be released on October 24th 2021.