Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

About Book

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl's frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it's okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn't just "make" her magnificent thing -- she "tinkers and hammers and measures," she "smoothes and wrenches and fiddles," she "twists and tweaks and fastens." These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Book Hack with Ashley Spires
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About Author/Illustrator

Ashley Spires grew up in Tsawwassen, BC and after stints living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she now lives in Ladner, having made an educated decision to never move from BC again. She is the creator of the Binky The Space Cat series of junior graphic novels, which have earned her numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Express and the Hackmatack. Her picture books, including Larf, Small Saul and The Most Magnificent Thing, are known for providing readers, young and old, with a good laugh.

When not drawing, she is often jogging with her dog Gordon or wrangling her three cats, Penny, Fran and Gracie.

My Thoughts

A darling little girl decides she along with her dog will make a magnificent thing.  She creates many things but in her minds eyes they are all wrong. She becomes so very frustrated and angry. Then she gets a magnificent idea for the most magnificent thing!

You must see it for yourself.  It is MAGNIFICENT!

This little girl is one determined little inventor. How gifted she is to be able to create something so useful. Even her rejects were found to be useful to others.

I found the illustraions absolutely adorable.  My grandkids are going to enjoy this little girl's creativity and determination.

I highly recommend this book!

I rated this book a 5 ou of 5.

Disclosue: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley/KIDS CAN PRESS for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.


  1. We have this on my 4 year olds birthday list, but if she doesn't get it from family, I simply will have to get it myself lol. Great review.

  2. Cool!! This looks like one I want to read!! Great!! And encouraging kids to invent, think, and do, and be!!

  3. This looks charming! Great illustrations - thanks for putting it on the kid lit blog hop

  4. This sounds like a fabulous book. There are so many positives to this book. I'm visiting from the #kidlitbloghop.

  5. I love the art work too! I just got this one to read so looking forward to it! thanks for recommending on KidLitBlogHop!

  6. This sounds awesome! I'm working on "constructing things" book list and I'll add this book to it! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


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