The Most Magnificent Thing
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Published by Kids Can Press; April 1, 2014
32 pages (hardcover)
NOTE: I was provided with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Kids Can Press for letting me read this! I’m sorry it took so long – my Adobe Digital Editions hasn’t been working!
The Most Magnificent Thing is an adorable picture book from the author of Larf (another adorable picture book). It tells the story of an unnamed girl and her assistant (her dog). The girl has a GREAT idea to build the most magnificent thing, but try as she might, she just can’t seem to get it right. She gets mad and defeated and wants to give up, but when her dog suggest they take a walk, she calms down and is able to analyze the situation and figure out how to fix it.
I loved the message in The Most Magnificent Thing. Not only does the girl continue to try over and over, once she gets frustrated, she steps away from the situation to see the bigger picture. It is often very difficult to see the problem when you are so completely invested in something, and it only takes stepping away and looking at the issue from a different angle to come up with a solution.
I also really like Ashley Spires illustrations and word usage. She doesn’t use small words to describe what the girl does, and I think that’s wonderful. This is a perfect book to read to teach perseverance and problem-solving.