Millie Fleur's Poison Garden (Hardcover)

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Millie Fleur's Poison Garden (Hardcover)


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“A delightful picture book for fans of Wednesday Addams! I love that the story of Millie’s garden of poisonous plants is based on a real-life garden in Alnwick, Northumberland. The imaginative names for the poisonous plants are a ton of fun!”
— Kate Storhoff, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

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This charming story is all about celebrating the beauty in being weird. When Millie moves to the cookie-cutter Garden Glen, her stuffy neighbors don't approve of her strange and spooky plants. But Millie wants to share the joy of her garden with everyone! Can she show them that things can be unusual and beautiful at the same time?

— Hannah P.

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND INDIE BESTSELLER! Wednesday Addams meets The Curious Garden in this delightfully peculiar story about finding joy in being wonderfully weird.

Garden Glen is a very bland place. Every house and every garden looks exactly like the other. That is... until Millie Fleur La Fae comes to town.

Up on a scruffy hill, beside a ramschackle house, Millie Fleur plants her marvelously strange garden, filled with Sneezing Stickyweed, Fanged Fairymoss, and Grumpy Gilliflower. Millie Fleur finds it enchanting, but the townspeople of Garden Glen call it poison!

But Millie Fleur is proud of her beloved little garden. So if some townspeople want to be sticks in the mud, she'll take matters into her own hands and find the kindred spirits who appreciate everything the garden has to offer.

Millie Fleur's Poison Garden is a reminder to embrace everything that makes us wonderfully weird. Perfect for readers of The Creepy Carrots and fans of the Addams Family movies.

Christy Mandin is the author and illustrator of multiple picture books. She’s grown many interesting plants in her garden over the years but, so far, none with teeth or tentacles. She currently lives in Georgia with her husband and four children. Visit Christy online at
Product Details ISBN: 9781339023274
ISBN-10: 133902327X
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English

Praise for Millie Fleur's Poison Garden:




"This dare-to-be-different picture book blends beautifully with the kids-to-the-rescue story...leaves readers with much to think about."--Shelf Awareness, starred review

"A girl plants a fantastical idea...This charming, low-key tale celebrates those who unabashedly find unconventional things exciting...No poison here; just a garden of delights about someone who improves things in a unique fashion."--Kirkus Reviews

"The sign at the entrance to Garden Glen boasts 'a picture-perfect place,' a phrase that hints at the neighborhood’s stifling conformity. But young Millie Fleur—who’s vaguely reminiscent of Wednesday Addams in Mandin’s measured, sepia-toned digital illustrations—changes all that when she and her mother move into a lone, decrepit gothic house on the edge of town."--Publishers Weekly

"This charming picture book...pays homage to classic and beloved creeps like those featured in Frankenstein and The Addams Family while simultaneously creating its own...Young readers will leave inspired by Millie's refusal to hide what she loves." --Bookpage