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The Most Magnificent Thing
Contributor(s): Spires, Ashley (Author), Spires, Ashley (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1554537045     ISBN-13: 9781554537044
Publisher: Kids Can Press
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2014
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Annotation: A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing, however despite their hard work, the end result is not what the girl had envisioned, but a long walk soon clears her mind and yields a fresh perspective about what needs to be done to succeed.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Dogs
Dewey: E
Age Level: 4-8
Grade Level: Preschool-3
Lexile Measure: 380 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Guided Reading: L (Grade 2)
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 9.2" W x 9.1" (0.8 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 164735
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Contributor Bio(s): 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.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
A determined little girl sets out to create "the most MAGNIFICENT thing." Using small metal parts and tools, she struggles to make her creations match the elaborate plan in her head and becomes increasingly frustrated with each attempt. A walk offers fresh perspective. The digital illustrations are mildly entertaining, as is the meandering text.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 January #4)

For her story of a girl's ambition to build "the most magnificent thing," Spires (the Binky the Space Cat books) draws her towing a red wagon full of random junk. "The girl saws and glues and adjusts. She stands, examines and stares. She twists and tweaks and fastens." Shadowed by her stubby bulldog assistant, she hits a roadblock, and her frustration grows: "Her hands feel too big to work and her brain is too full of all the not-right things." It's the bulldog that realizes that his boss needs a break. In the act of taking a walk, her mind clears: "Bit by bit, the mad gets pushed out of her head." The "magnificent thing" turns out to be a bulldog-size sidecar for her scooter. It's a useful description of the creative process, an affirmation of making rather than buying, and a model for girl engineers. There are quiet laughs, too, like the description of the girl's work area as "somewhere out of the way"—smack in the middle of the sidewalk, that is, annoying the maximum number of neighbors. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 April)

K-Gr 2—A girl decides to make something magnificent with the help of her assistant—her dog, but they "are shocked to discover that the thing isn't magnificent. Or good. It isn't even kind-of-sort-of okay. It is all wrong. The girl tosses it aside and gives it another go." From her efforts, children see the importance of planning, gathering supplies, building, and not giving up when a good idea doesn't initially work out. Ample use of white space makes the digital artwork pop. The text consists mainly of one- or two-line captions for the pictures, and the layout and design are spot-on, building action with a smart use of vignettes, boxed illustrations, and spreads. Clever use of artwork conveys the youngster's spectrum of emotions as she "saws and glues and adjusts," "smashes," "pummels," and "explodes" ("It is not her finest moment."). Then, finally, the girl finishes, and her scooter really is "the most magnificent thing." This is a solid choice with a great message that encourages kids not to quit in the face of disappointment but rather to change their perspective and start over.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI

[Page 136]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 February)

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