Monday, May 19, 2014

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

We discovered Binky the Space Cat in 2009 and fell in love with him immediately. Since that time the two of us have mentioned Binky several times on the blog. He is a great character. His stories are fabulous and funny. So I was thrilled to see a new book from Binky's author, Ashley Spires. The new book is called The Most Magnificent Thing.

In this story, a little girl decides that she is going to create the most magnificent thing.  She has a vision in her head of what she wants to create and she is confident she can create it. After all, she is good at creating things. She and her dog begin the magnificent creation.  Along the way, they hit a few bumps and a little frustration.

If you have read anything by Ashley Spires, you know that her characters and her sense of humor make her books magnificent. This is totally true of this book. The story is a great one. The character is fabulous--you get to know both the girl and the dog through the text and the illustrations. Spires is brilliant! And her sense of humor--surprising lines kept popping up making me laugh aloud.

I am VERY excited about sharing this book at the beginning of the year. It will start fabulous conversations about creating, invention, working through struggles, frustration, etc.

So much to love about this book! My new favorite for sure.

Here is the book trailer:

The Most Magnificent Thing Book Trailer from Kids Can Press on Vimeo.

And in this video, author/illustrator, Ashley Spires Hacks her book:

Other Reviews

Betsy Bird reviews the book on her School Library Journal blog.
The Cozy Little Book Journal has a great review with lots of visuals.
Miss Tiff reads reviews the books and adds some great ideas.

And her upcoming fall title (Edie's Ensembles )  looks fabulous as well!


  1. I loved this book, too!

  2. I've seen others rave about it, too, Franki. Thanks for the extra links of more reviews! It would be good for a beginning of the year read!


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