The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing

by Ashley Spires

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The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554537044
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 04/28/2014
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 602
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

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The Most Magnificent Thing 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
There isn't a thing about this book that I don't love. The illustrations are fantastic. Ashley Spires has the kind of style that I am drawn to. The illustrations are unique, stylized, and very very cute. My kids especially liked the dog. This is precisely the kind of book that I like reading to my kids. It has a great message of "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again". The little girl (she doesn't have a name—she goes by "little girl") decides that she wants to build something magnificent. She gives it a go, but it doesn't work out. She tries again, and again, and again. Nothing works. She finally gets frustrated with her efforts and loses her temper. She takes a walk to cool off and when she comes back to her project, she notices the things she did right in each of her attempts. She uses this new knowledge to complete her magnificent idea. The little girl shows determination, perseverance, and hard work. She is a good example of striving hard for what you want, and never going down without a fight. I love that her invention didn't work out the first time. Things rarely do. I love that she works on it until she does get it right. It's a wonderful message for kids (and adults, too). This is definitely an author/illustrator to keep your eye on.
reneewellwood More than 1 year ago
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires Publisher: Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781554537044 Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Kids Can Press for the ebook ARC of The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated by Ashley Spires in exchange for an honest review. A little girl sets out to make the most magnificent thing with the help of her canine assistant. After a lot of hard work, the end result is not what she had in mind. She ends up quitting, because she is frustrated. Her assistant suggests that they take a long walk and think about things. It slowly becomes clear to the little girl what she needs to do to succeed. I give this book a rating of 5 stars. I think this a great story with a great message for children. It shows that practice and hard work can pay off in the end. It also shows patience. I really liked the illustrations in the book too. I read this book to my 4 year old daughter, and she really enjoyed it. She really liked that she was trying to build something magnificent and she liked that her dog was her assistant.
reneewellwood More than 1 year ago
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires Publisher: Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781554537044 Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Kids Can Press for the ebook ARC of The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated by Ashley Spires in exchange for an honest review. A little girl sets out to make the most magnificent thing with the help of her canine assistant. After a lot of hard work, the end result is not what she had in mind. She ends up quitting, because she is frustrated. Her assistant suggests that they take a long walk and think about things. It slowly becomes clear to the little girl what she needs to do to succeed. I give this book a rating of 5 stars. I think this a great story with a great message for children. It shows that practice and hard work can pay off in the end. It also shows patience. I really liked the illustrations in the book too. I read this book to my 4 year old daughter, and she really enjoyed it. She really liked that she was trying to build something magnificent and she liked that her dog was her assistant.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read and review The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. A humorous tale with catchy words, imaginative characters and uniquely detailed illustrations. A girl and her dog carry the reader through the process of creating, examining, remodeling, feeling frustrated and taking a break. This book shows that things don't always work out perfectly and sometimes a break is all you need. 4 stars for cute story with a lesson for all of us. *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this to anyone with little kids, and I will go out on a limb here, and guess that the cuteness of this book will have little ones asking to read this over and over. and Take a Barnes $10 Off coupons code from bookscoupons.com
AprilLesher More than 1 year ago
Every perfectionist will relate to this book. Or any child who has imagined a work of art, a story, or a project one way in his/ her imagination and it turned out much differently. This book equips young readers with skills of how to handle mistakes (do we get angry or take a walk?) . The best aspect is the message that it's rare to get an idea right the first time and we need to try over and over again. My perfectionist son LOVED this book, especially the dog sidekick. My students also LOVED this book because we've all thrown a fit over something not turning out the way we wanted.
Shelves_of_Knives More than 1 year ago
MEDIUM: eBook MY RATING: 4/5 GOODREADS: 4.26/5 Hardcover, 32 pages Published: January 1, 2014 by Kids Can Press This book pretty much sums up my experience every time I set out to accomplish something. A little girl sees something in her mind that she wants to make. She gathers supplies and makes “the thing”, but it isn’t right. It isn’t what she envisioned. So she tries again. And again. And again. You get the idea. Eventually, she has a “lightbulb” moment, and she decides to go about the making of “the thing” in a different way, paving the way for her to make the “most magnificent thing”. I thought this book was adorable and its message of perseverance wonderful. The writing was simple, yet entertaining, and the illustrations were beautiful. I recommend this to anyone with little kids, and I will go out on a limb here, and guess that the cuteness of this book will have little ones asking to read this over and over. ⚔️ KNIVES’ RATING REPORT Plot ♥♥♥♥ Characters ♥♥♥♥ Writing ♥♥♥♥ Illustrations ♥♥♥♥♥ Pacing ♥♥♥♥ Cover ♥♥♥ Overall ♥♥♥♥ This ebook was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Knives Boone
Shelves_of_Knives More than 1 year ago
MEDIUM: eBook MY RATING: 4/5 GOODREADS: 4.26/5 Hardcover, 32 pages Published: January 1, 2014 by Kids Can Press This book pretty much sums up my experience every time I set out to accomplish something. A little girl sees something in her mind that she wants to make. She gathers supplies and makes “the thing”, but it isn’t right. It isn’t what she envisioned. So she tries again. And again. And again. You get the idea. Eventually, she has a “lightbulb” moment, and she decides to go about the making of “the thing” in a different way, paving the way for her to make the “most magnificent thing”. I thought this book was adorable and its message of perseverance wonderful. The writing was simple, yet entertaining, and the illustrations were beautiful. I recommend this to anyone with little kids, and I will go out on a limb here, and guess that the cuteness of this book will have little ones asking to read this over and over. ⚔️ KNIVES’ RATING REPORT Plot ♥♥♥♥ Characters ♥♥♥♥ Writing ♥♥♥♥ Illustrations ♥♥♥♥♥ Pacing ♥♥♥♥ Cover ♥♥♥ Overall ♥♥♥♥ This ebook was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Knives Boone
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
This picture book is adorable! The perfectionist in the girl is making her out of sorts. Her assistant appears to be her best friend - a dog. She works and works but never reaches perfection. All the time getting grumpier and grumpier. In the end everyone is happy with her invention, especially the girl and her assistant. The story and illustrations are the Most Magnificent Thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this up by chance off a display at my local Barnes and Noble and read it with my girls today while we were waiting for storytime; it was perfect! The plot is adorable, the illustrations are beautiful, but the best part about it was the way the little girl learns to cope with her out of control anger. My four year olds often have a hard time getting control of their emotions so this offered an opportunity to talk about how to calm down when you get upset. We were also able to discuss the difference between the little girl's behavior while she was angry and when she had taken time to calm down. I love when books do such a good job of mirroring real life circumstances that allow children (and parents) an opportunity to connect with something they understand. I'm so glad I picked this up. It was Perfect!
Blessed_and_Bewildered More than 1 year ago
The Most Magnificent Thing is one of the most visually stunning books that I have seen in a long time. The fantastic illustrations, the layouts of each page, even the font draws you in. Quirky, unique, and fun! The Most Magnificent Thing is a story of imagination, persistence, overcoming failure, and the value of a best friend. A best friend is even better when they are willing to be your assistant, as not every friend would do that. Your friend may even get you back on the right track. This little girl has definitely got a bad temper but with help and fresh eyes she succeeds in making the most magnificent thing. If you are raising a little burgeoning perfectionist this book might just show them that sometimes listening to a friend and stepping back from the frustration may just give them a fresh viewpoint that helps that little perfectionist succeed. I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher. For all of my reviews visit my blog at http://www.blessedandbewildered.com
Michelle_Lynn_Brown More than 1 year ago
The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires, is an adorable children’s book about a little girl and her dog who set out to build the most magnificent thing. Unfortunately, her first, second, third…sixth tries are unsuccessful. With each attempt, her frustration mounts, until she explodes. Spires creates a cute little tale about how kids can get easily frustrated when they are unable to recreate the magnificent ideas that flourish in their imagination. However, by taking a step back, they are able to look at things in a new light. I loved this book! The illustrations are just as charming as the story, and the dog (both his pictures and his actions as told in the story) really steals the show. Though my daughter is eight and the story is meant for younger children, she still enjoyed it. This is a must for your young child’s bookshelf. Full stars for this adorable little lesson on patience and endurance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Jen-Reviews More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Not only did I love it, so did my kiddos! I loved the illustrations. Ashley Spires is very talented. The illustrations on their own made me smile. Most of all, I loved the message of the story! It's about a girl that really wants to make something MAGNIFICENT! However, she gets frustrated when she can't get it right the first time. I really loved the message of perseverance. It's a message that I have been trying to share with my oldest child, who is 8. The message of not giving up is very important and this story does a great job of getting it across. I also did like the fact that the little girl had trouble explaining the "thing" she wanted to make. I think it made her more relatable for my oldest, who also has trouble explaining her thoughts. I think my favorite part was towards the end with the adults admiring her various creations. This book has a great message, awesome illustrations, and I would highly recommend it! (I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the story about a little girl and her best friend/assistant/dog who want to build the Most Magnificent Thing. She has a plan and is ready to build. She builds many versions but none of them are quite right. She is getting frustrated and hurts herself. She wants to quit and feels that she can't do what she wants. Her assistant convinces her to take a walk (a much needed break and she starts to feel better. On her way back to her apartment she walks by all her attempts and realizes that there is a little something in each attempt that she can use. She finally builds what she wanted. A great story about frustration and not letting it get the better of you. It teaches perseverance and to little girls it teaches that you can be an inventor or a scientist or do whatever you want. The illustrations are simple but cute. A nice story with a great message.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
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.
catloverAD More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story and I believe it relays a good message. The girl has her mind set on making the most magnificent thing and while she is making it, it doesn't work out as exactly planned. When she finds she is getting angry, her assistant suggests they go for a walk. While walking, she calms down and when she returns to her work, she sees it all in a different light. I think many children can relate to that. Reviewed through NetGalley and Kids Can Press.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
The Most Magnificent Inspirational Story! Brilliant story with delightful illustrations, this is a great book for reading aloud and sharing! The girl and her best friend - her dog - do everything together and, when the girl dreams of making the magnificent thing her dog helps her. They try all different sorts of designs but nothing seems to work until . . . . well, that would spoil the book for you - you need to read it yourself to find out what happens but it is fantastic! I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t resist sharing it with my daughter - even though she is now grown up! I will be looking out for other books by this author and illustrator in future. The story involves the girl setting some excellent role model moments of willingness to have a go, even though the task is difficult . . . keeping on trying, modifying ideas and adapting despite set backs . . . . and that if you keep on trying, you may eventually succeed! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley too  for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago