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Little Eli

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Little Eli is a story of willpower and imagination for readers of any age.

Little Eli may be small but he has big dreams. In fact, for a dragonfly, you could say that Little Eli’s aspirations are sky-high. In his crumbling house, Little Eli sets off on a big adventure with a pack of cards, a box of eggs and a set of pencils. What’s the idea? To create towers as tall as can be. However, there are challenges along the way and it all seems to go wrong. But nothing can deter this dragonfly as Little Eli thinks of imaginative solutions to build his towers of dreams. This is a story of willpower and imagination, with appeal for all ages.

With its unusual large-format size, and housed in a beautiful slipcase, Little Eli makes a perfect set of gift books, ideal for Christmas. The beautiful and quirky illustrations in these wordless books can be enjoyed by readers of any age.


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Meet the author and illustrator


Born in 1978, Laura Bellini discovered her passion for illustration when she was working at the International School of Genova. Her daily and direct observation of the world of children inspired her first series of books: Little Eli. She now works as an author and illustrator in Milan.

Read an interview with Laura

Read more about Little Eli:
  • Little Eliour first wordless picture book collection
  • Wordless books like Little Eli foster children’s creativity
  • Read about our wordless picture book campaign
  • Creativity can turn problems into something beautiful!
  • Lovely remarks by Stephanie Cummings: Little Eli: dreamy, magical, gorgeous
  • Highlights of our wordless picture book campaign: universal, imaginative, beautiful
  • Little Eli among Book Trust’s best loved books. ‌Read their wonderful review
  • Little Eli is a book to treasure –  a review by Book Trust
  • Little Eli; a treasure for all ages, child to adult – A review by Gleebooks
  • An interview with Laura Bellini: a child’s world with the eyes of an adult



A treasure for all ages, child to adult.

Book Trust

A truly lovely tale of perseverance, willpower and imagination.

Stephanie Cummings

Hope, invention and making the best of the situation we find ourselves in.

Posted in All Books, Books & Gifts, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Wordless Picture Books