Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!
It's always nice to read books about young females who like inventing and creating things.

In The Most Magnificent Thing, a little girl imagines creating a most magnificent thing. At first, all her creations don't seem to be anything like the one she envisions in her mind. After walking it off, though, she is able to see the bigger picture and try and create again the most magnificent thing.

I don't recall ever reading a picture book about a really young girl inventor so this book's concept was quite fresh to me. I liked how realistic it was in portraying the creative and creation process. Most of the time, your first few attempts don't quite work out. It's up to you to keep trying or quit. This girl quit, but it's nice that her canine assistant was able to help her out of her rut. Inventors and other creative people need someone like that in their life.

The illustrations were okay for me, though they weren't really my style. I did, however, like the way that the foreground was colored in while the background was left white.

Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the e-ARC. Publication date of The Most Magnificent Thing is on April 1, 2014.


  1. The little girl could inspire others to create things.
  2. It encourages people to keep trying.
  3. It's an interesting story.


  1. The illustration style might not appeal to everyone.

Her hard work attracts a few admirers, but they don't understand.
They can't see the MAGNIFICENT thing that she has in her mind. 

  1. Your child likes inventing or creating things.
  2. You want to teach your child about the value of perseverance.
  3. You are looking for picture books with smart female protagonists. 



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