Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

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The Most Magnificent Thing
By:
 Ashley Spires
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Children’s Literature

Summary:
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!

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I always test out new children’s books on my almost 9 month old son. If a book keeps his attention, he seems intrigued, and I can even get a smile out of him then it’s usually well on its way to being a winner. So, this book passed the BabyJ test.

This is a great book about perseverance and confidence. The little girl in this book relies on herself and her “assistant” best friend to get the job done. Through her trials and failed attempts, anger and frustration, she has to find a way to make the magnificent thing. The writing is cute and straightforward, with simple, yet adorable illustrations.

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The Final Countdown – 4 Stars

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Book Review: What Do You Do With an Idea by Kobi Yamada

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What Do You Do With an Idea?
By:
 Kobi Yamada
Illustrator: Mae Besom

Publication Date: 2014
Genre: Children’s Literature

Summary:
This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.

This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s just getting started.
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I came home to find an unexpected box from Michele G. Miller on my doorstep the other day. Inside were four of her books that I did editing work on, as well as two adorable gifts for BabyJ. The first was a cute TY stuffed puppy. The other was an author-signed copy of What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada. I had a feeling, just by taking a quick flip through the book, that this book would be a stand-out among the rest of BabyJ’s books; this feeling was overwhelmingly proven when I read it to him today.

What Do You Do With an Ideais a beautifully written children’s book with creative, captivating illustrations. BabyJ and I were hooked from the first page. The style is straightforward, no poetry or pattern, simply great narration and adorable thought. I love that the idea is a character and not just a notion. Ideas grow and develop, just like people. Beautiful. Thoughtful. A great lesson for the youngest, oldest, and anywhere-in-between-est of readers.

This book would make a great gift for a baby shower, birthday, or something else. 

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The Final Countdown – 5 Stars!

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