The most magnificent thing

Author Spires, Ashley
Language English
Publisher
Toronto ON ; Kids Can Press, 2014




Annotation:

A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.



Subjects :

  • Patience Fiction
  • Inventions Fiction
  • Perseverance (Ethics) Fiction
  • Patience Juvenile Fiction
  • Inventions Juvenile Fiction
  • Creative Ability Juvenile Fiction
  • Frustration Fiction
  • Girls Fiction
  • Anger Juvenile Fiction
  • Creative Ability Fiction
  • Girls Juvenile Fiction
  • Dogs Juvenile Fiction
  • Dogs Fiction
  • Frustration Juvenile Fiction

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • 100 Magnificent Children's Books, 2014 , Picture Book
  • Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015 , Today
  • Best STEM Books, 2017 , None
  • Books for Holiday Gift-Giving, 2016 , None
  • Building STEAM with Dia, 2016 , K-Grade 2
  • Building STEAM with Dia, 2015 , K-Grade 2
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2015 , None
  • Choices, 2015 , Picture Books for School-Age Children
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2014 , None
  • Literary Science 1: K-5 Mentor Text, 2015 , Physical Science/Engineering & Technology
  • New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2014 , Picture Book
  • Notable Children's Books, 2015 , Young Readers

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award , None , 2015
  • Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children , None , 2015
  • Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize , None , 2015
  • Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award , None , 2014
  • Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award , Children's Literature , 2015
  • Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award , Children's Picture Book , 2015

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Armadillo Readers' Choice Award; None 2016-2016
  • Armadillo Readers' Choice Award; None 2015-2016
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award; Picture Book 2015-2016
  • Blue Spruce Award; None 2015-2015
  • Buckaroo Book Award; Fiction 2014-2015
  • Children's Gallery Award; None 2015
  • Chocolate Lily Young Readers' Choice Award; Picture Book 2015-16
  • Goldfinch Award; Younger Readers 2016-2017
  • Shining Willow Award; Younger Readers 2015-2016
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award; Primay School Level 2015-2016

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
AD380L(Adult Directed)

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 1.3
Interest Level K-2
Title Point Value 1

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Reviews :

Ozarks Writing Project (BRB Missouri)
Even when everything goes wrong, this little girl tries her best to succeed at her dream. After many failed attempts to create the most magnificent thing she just gives up, but not for long. When visited by a group of needy customers, she realizes that her inventions might seem wrong to her, but that there is some right in them. She might be young but she is determined to create a masterpiece. When it seems like she's lost all hope, her trusty dog is always there to support her. Join this adventurer on her journey of creation. The reader is able to see exactly what is happening through Ashley Spires' amazing, bright, and realistic illustrations. Do you believe that she can create a masterpiece? Find out by reading The Most Magnificent Thing.
(ISBN: 9781554537044)

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk (CCBN)
A girl and her dog -- aka her assistant -- (both of whom remain nameless) are trying to build, as the title of this book suggests, the most magnificent thing. After a series of failed attempts to see her invention through, the young perfectionist becomes quite angry. In the end, it s being able to calm down, see what has worked and being willing to try again that brings her success in the form of a sidecar for her scooter, sized to accommodate her canine helper. British Columbia-based Ashley Spires, the creator of the Binky the Space Cat books, has produced a book that is quirky, funny and engaging for child and adult readers. It s nice to see a girl-centred story about building and innovation. The pacing and images work well and are consistent. Preschool-aged readers may have questions about some of the vocabulary (e.g., tinker, pummel, ratio), which works if you re not reading in a hurry, and likely means the book will age well with a younger reader. The girl winds up taking a walk to ease her anger, which I love in sentiment but not in its literal interpretation of a kid going for a walk alone -- another opportunity for discussion as the book unfolds. This book is likely to go over well in classrooms, as it offers various lessons about perspective, perseverance and managing anger. Preschool to Grade 2. 2014, Kids Can Press, (hc) $16.95. Ages 3 to 8.
(PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press (Toronto:), PUBLISHED: 2014.)

Shelle Rosenfeld (Booklist)
One day, a young girl who enjoys creating things decides to build something truly special. So, after drawing diagrams, hiring an assistant (aka her best-pal pooch), and collecting materials, she establishes her sidewalk workshop. But, alas, bringing vision to fruition isn t easy. Progressively, excitement and confidence wane, motivation turns to meltdown then to defeat (I m no good at this. I QUIT!). Happily, some timely dog walking brings clarity, calm, and an inspiration for an imaginative solution that just might work. Fanciful illustrations depict the spindly, cartoonish characters; the girl s intricate found-object contraptions; and colorful scenarios against black-and-white line drawings of a city-neighborhood setting. Interspersed all-capitalized words enliven the text, though the smaller-sized, spiky font may be more for one-on-one sharing or slightly older readers. With witty and whimsical elements (including the dog s side antics), this supportively portrays the sometimes-frustrating process of translating ideas to reality and shows how a new perspective can help problem solve and rekindle enthusiasm and joy. Grades K-2
(PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press (Toronto:), PUBLISHED: 2014.)

Ellen Heaney (CM Magazine)
Prolific author Ashley Spires is possibly best known for her easy graphic novels starring Binky the Space Cat, but she has a number of other books to her name. Not only is she a writer, she is the talented illustrator of her own work. In The Most Magnificent Thing, a "regular girl" determines to spurn the everyday and to make "the most MAGNIFICENT thing". She takes care in planning and in assembling supplies, and then she and her assistant get down to it. On a busy sidewalk, in a neighbourhood only suggested by black lines of house fronts and fences, she creates several prototypes of her 'thing', none of which comes out satisfactorily. "Her hard work attracts a few admirers, but they don't understand. They can't see the MAGNIFICENT thing that she has in her mind. She gets MAD" Luckily, as she takes a walk with her assistant, she works out the mad, and when she comes back is able to reassess what she has done. Seeing how her ideas have progressed with each creation, she finally comes up with what her mind's eye had been envisioning all along. "It leans a little to the left, and it's a bit heavier than expected. The color could use a bit of work too. But it's just what she wanted. They climb aboard and take it for a spin. They are not disappointed. It really is THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING." (Spoiler alert: it's a scooter with a sidecar for the assistant!) Spires' ordinary girl is a squat and spindle-shanked character with a red polka-dot dress and an expressive face. Her assistant is an unusual-looking little brown and white dog made up of odd angles. The onlookers are an interesting and diverse bunch who happily come to appreciate her vision. The Most Magnificent Thing is a wonderful fable about effort and reward, in a tone perfectly understandable to younger children. A definite addition to public and primary school collections. Highly Recommended. Rating: **** /4. Preschool-grade 2. 2014, Kids Can Press, 32 pp., hardcover, $16.95. Ages 4 to 7.
(PUBLISHER: Kids Can 32 pp. $16.95., PUBLISHED: 2014)

CCBC (CCBC)
A girl has a vision of the most magnificent thing and sets to work making her idea a reality. The girl saws and glues and adjusts She twists and tweaks and fastens. But her creation is all wrong. So she starts over. And over. And over. Nothing she makes is as magnificent as the vision she had in her head. Frustration ensues. Then a tiny little tantrum ( She SMASHES pieces into shapes. She JAMS parts together. She PUMMELS the little bits in Her hands feel too BIG to work and her brain is too full of all the not-right things. ) She and her assistant (a pug-like dog) go for a walk, and there are all her cast-off creations. As she looks closer, she begins to notice something right about each one of them. The neighbors think so, too, repurposing her cast-offs while she combines the best of every one of them into a most magnificent thing indeed. Ashley Spires s deftly uses humor in both narrative and art to explore the very real frustration and elation that comes with creativity, and sometimes just with being a kid. CCBC Category: Picture Books for School-Age Children. 2014, Kids Can Press, 32 pages, $16.95. Ages 4-8.
(PUBLISHER: Kids Can 32 pp. $16.95., PUBLISHED: 2014)

Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz (Children's Literature)
One day our heroine decides she will make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! With her canine best friend as assistant, it should be easy-peasy. Out on the street they gather their supplies. After working a while, they examine their product, but find it all WRONG. She saws, glues, adjusts, examines, twists, tweaks, fastens, etc. etc., on and on, all in vain. So she gets MAD. She smashes a finger and explodes in anger and pain. When she decides to quit, her dog friend suggests a walk. But bit-by-bit she feels better. She finally figures out how to make the thing MAGNIFICENT, in this celebration of creativity and perseverance. Digitally created illustrations display a stylized creator with a large head and stick legs and a bulbous dog. The linear background is sketched in; the page designs vary. The objects she creates and spreads along the sidewalk are very inventive; others find them useful. And her final creation is magnificent indeed. 2014, Kids Can Press,, $16.95. Ages 4 to 7.
(PUBLISHER: Kids Can 32 pp. $16.95., PUBLISHED: 2014)

Kirkus (Kirkus)
Making things is difficult work. Readers will recognize the stages of this young heroine's experience as she struggles to realize her vision. First comes anticipation. The artist/engineer is spotted jauntily pulling a wagonload of junkyard treasures. Accompanied by her trusty canine companion, she begins drawing plans and building an assemblage. The narration has a breezy tone: "[S]he makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" The colorful caricatures and creations contrast with the digital black outlines on a white background that depict an urban neighborhood. Intermittent blue-gray panels break up the white expanses on selected pages showing sequential actions. When the first piece doesn't turn out as desired, the protagonist tries again, hoping to achieve magnificence. A model of persistence, she tries many adjustments; the vocabulary alone offers constructive behaviors: she "tinkers," "wrenches," "fiddles," "examines," "stares" and "tweaks." Such hard work, however, combines with disappointing results, eventually leading to frustration, anger and injury. Explosive emotions are followed by defeat, portrayed with a small font and scaled-down figures. When the dog, whose expressions have humorously mirrored his owner's through each phase, retrieves his leash, the resulting stroll serves them well. A fresh perspective brings renewed enthusiasm and—spoiler alert—a most magnificent scooter sidecar for a loyal assistant. Spires' understanding of the fragility and power of the artistic impulse mixes with expert pacing and subtle characterization for maximum delight. 2014, Kids Can, 32 pp., $16.95. Category: Picture book. Ages 4 to 7. Starred Review. © 2014 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Kids Can 32 pp. $16.95., PUBLISHED: 2014)

Aimee Jodoin (ForeWord)
The most magnificent invention in the world can only take shape with balanced doses of creativity, hard work, and patience. With the help of her canine assistant, this daring perfectionist sets to work, tinkering and fiddling, measuring and adjusting, but she just can t get it right. Her goofy, brilliantly paced journey is rendered through emotive images that all kids can relate to as they witness her artistic process. Ages four to eight.
(PUBLISHER: Kids Can 32 pp. $16.95., PUBLISHED: 2014)

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