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This Guy Proposed by Writing a Kid’s Book and Hiding It in the Library for His Girlfriend to Find

Aug 19, 2013 By Abraham

In an incredible display of adorable creativity, Paul Phillips wrote a children’s book about his relationship with his girlfriend Erika in order to propose to her.

After having it illustrated by artist Yoni Limor and printed, he worked with a covert photographer who stuck the book in the kids section of their local library and then waited behind some shelves to document the proposal.

While they were on a date, the couple stopped at the library to return some books and check out some more for Erika’s nieces and nephews. Then Paul pulled out his book, told her it looked like a good one, and asked her to read it to him.

Children's Book Proposal

When she got to the page in the story about the gorilla proposing to the giraffe in a library, he got down on one knee and replicated the scene in real life.

Here’s the story she read him…


  1. JP says:

    That’s cool, but son, you’ve set the bar way too high to be starting out like this. Every year you’ll have to think of something cooler than the year before and it’s only going to get tougher and tougher. This is what you lead up to over 50 years not start out with. You have made one big mistake….

    Congrats :-D

    1. Babs says:

      I hear what you’re saying, JP, but I think proposals don’t fall under that rule. I think that’s just an anniversary rule. There will only be one proposal, so no need to top it. IMHO

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