Believe Your Eyes

Book 1

From the Series Cici: A Fairy's Tale

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A lot is changing for Cici. Her parents are separating, her wacky abuela is moving in, and on her tenth birthday, she wakes up with fairy wings! Cici’s new magical powers let her see people as they truly are. But what she learns about her friends and family isn’t always easy to accept. She has only one day to decide whether to keep her wings. When Cici wishes life could just be normal again, will she choose to believe in the power of fairies?

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Graphic Novels
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.7
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV037000, JUV012030, JUV011030
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 520
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 2.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 179395
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Cori Doerrfeld

Cori Doerrfeld is a freelance author and illustrator. She lives in Minneapolis with her comic artist husband, Tyler Page, and their two children, and she is the author of 2019 Charlotte Huck Recommended Book and New York Times Notable Children's Book The Rabbit Listened. Follow Cori's work online at

Illustrator: Tyler Page

Tyler Page is an Eisner-nominated and Xeric Grant-winning artist and educator. He illustrated the Graphic Universe series The Chicagoland Detective Agency. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld, and their two children.


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[F]or younger readers, this confectionery graphic novel will give them both whimsy and the chance to consider about how they might be seen as their true selves.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

School Library Journal

“Refreshingly, Cici’s problems don’t magically go away by the end. . . . The illustrations are colorful and wonderfully explore the magical world. . . . A decent graphic novel addition.”—School Library Journal


“The multicultural cast and universal themes make this a promising start to a series and a solid introduction to graphic novels.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Latina Cici is wholly likable, and her real-life concerns play out well juxtaposed with her more whimsical ones. A thoughtful and entertaining mix of fantasy and real-world problems.”—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Doerrfeld and Page’s vivid cartoons are full of humorous details, while reflecting the deeply felt emotions of a family in transition.”—Publishers Weekly