Thomas Edison said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Ashley Spires’ new book The Most Magnificent Thing is the picture book embodiment of that quote. Spires’ little heroine has a vision. She has a plan. She is going to make the most magnificent thing. However, when the result of her handiwork does not live up to her expectations, she is forced to try again and again and again but it never turns out quite right. Eventually, her frustration gets the better of her and she is ready to give up, until her assistant/best friend/pug convinces her to take a little walk and cool down. Upon their return, she feels refreshed and calm and suddenly she knows exactly how to build the most magnificent thing.
Frustration is a part of life. We all experience it from time to time, but it can be so difficult for our younger counterparts who are just learning how to cope with their emotions. The Most Magnificent Thing shows one way to deal with those feelings without being overly didactic. Spires’ digital artwork is composed of simple, charming line drawings for the background with richly colored and expressive characters providing the action in the foreground. The little girl and her adorable pug are sure to please readers of all ages. This book would be a great read aloud for bedtime or any time for kids ages 4-7. Older kids in particular will get a kick out of the revenge the little pug dog takes on one failed invention.
Want more? Check out the book trailer from Kids Can Press.
Posted by: Staci