The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Publisher:  Kids Can Press
Publication Date:  April 1, 2014
Categories:  children's fiction
Age Level:  3 - 7
Grade Level:  P - 2
Rating:  Aubrey and I give it 4 stars

Literary Awards

OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Nominee (2015)
Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize Nominee (2015)


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!


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.

books by Ashley Spires

Ashley Spires

Ashley Spires

Author and illustrator Ashley Spires grew up in Tsawwassen, BC and after stints living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she now lives in Ladner, having made an educated decision to never move from BC again. She is the creator of the Binky The Space Cat series of junior graphic novels, which have earned her numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Express and the Hackmatack. Her picture books, including Larf, Small Saul and The Most Magnificent Thing, are known for providing readers, young and old, with a good laugh.

When not drawing, she is often jogging with her dog Gordon or wrangling her three cats, Penny, Fran and Gracie.