Something “extraordinary” sparkles in the grass as a girl waits at the bus stop. She’s found a wish! Displaying her trusting character, the girl shows the bus driver, who councils her to carefully choose the “perfectly perfect wish.” Vivid hopes flicker through her mind . . . should she wish for pointe shoes, or a trip to Japan? When asked, her two friends and teacher promptly respond with what they’d choose: a puppy, a father to return from military service, and a home for her family (respectively). With each answer, she nods understandingly, thoughtfully realizing that her wishes feel small—she doesn’t “have to worry a big worry” like having a father away serving. In a way that goes above cliché, she unselfishly wishes for everyone else to receive their wish. Pairing perfectly with the story, the detailed black-and-white illustrations are juxtaposed with the bright and colorful depictions of magical wishes. Beautiful greenery and florals on almost every page create a soft, idyllic, and whimsical feel, gloriously showcasing a modern and fresh look at nature with a technique that borders on pointillism. Arguably more amazing than the illustrations is the nameless character who demonstrates selflessness and empathy while contemplating her wish, providing the heartwarming, important example of appreciating what she has and helping others along her way.
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The Perfectly Perfect Wish describes my son to a T. He wants everyone else to be happy and will often choose what his brothers' want instead of his own wishes. This book is a really fun read to think about all the good things in the world.
Lisa Mantchev is the author of many picture books, including Strictly No Elephants, which garnered awards and rave reviews and is published in fourteen countries. The New York Times called it “a sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale.” Her latest, Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime!, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews: “Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! will captivate readers with their irresistible fun.” Lisa lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her family. Visit her website at LisaMantchev.com.
Jessica is an illustrator currently based in Cambridgeshire, England. She makes her work using a combination of scanned watercolour washes and Photoshop, sometimes throwing in the odd pencil mark too! She has worked with several clients, most recently Hachette, Frances Lincoln and Walker Books. Jessica also makes her own work which she sells through her online shop and at markets across the UK.
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