The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires


Originally published in: 2014

What it’s about: A picture book about a young girl who wants to design and build a great thing she has imagined.

What made me pick it up: It was featured on OverDrive so I checked it out.

My favorite things: I really liked the message of tenacity in this book. Know what happens after she builds her first great thing? She hates it. It’s all wrong. But she keeps trying, even when she wants to quit, until the thing is to her liking. And she does it all without help – for her emotional regulation or for her ability to complete a task. She can do it by herself, thank you very much. She is no damsel in distress.

Who it’s great for: Young inventors. Hardheaded littles determined to do things their way, especially girls.

Erica’s rating: four-shells

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Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers by James Gulliver Hancock

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Originally published in: 2014

What’s it about: A visual biographical encyclopedia of innovative individuals throughout history.

What made me pick it up: I was intrigued when I stumbled across it while browsing an ebook and downloadable audiobook collection curated to inspire writers during NaNoWriMo.

My favorite things: Hancock believes that the objects and people that individuals surround themselves with can be very revealing. He enhances the understanding of notable historical figures by focusing on these aspects of their lives, rather than simply on their achievements. Hancock’s cartoonish drawings are an engaging jumble of small images that help to paint a picture of each subject’s life.

Who it’s great for:  Readers intrigued by the daily lives of famous artists and thinkers. Fans of graphic biographies.

Abby’s rating: three-and-a-half-shells

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