About The Book

“Directly personal and visually dramatic.”—Booklist

From the author of Strictly No Elephants comes a sweet picture book that explores themes of selflessness and empathy when a girl has the chance to make just one wish.

In the grass, a girl finds an extraordinary thing that gives her…just…one…wish.

She asks her those around her what they would wish for in her shoes, but nothing seems quite right. What will her perfect wish be?

In this pitch-perfect picture book, Lisa Mantchev takes the concept of a magic wish and uses it to explore real world empathy, kindness, and good will.

About The Author


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.

About The Illustrator

Jessica Courtney-Tickle is the author and illustrator of Little Christmas Tree. Publishers Weekly praised, “Courtney-Tickle’s friendly digital illustrations teem with life” in a starred review. Jessica also illustrated The Story Orchestra Books by Katy Flint. She lives in London. Learn more at JessicaTickle.co.uk.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (March 1, 2020)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534406193
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

One morning a girl finds a wish. The only rule is “No wishing for more wishes,” so she must choose carefully. She contemplates her personal dreams: a blue ribbon at a horse show, a trip to Japan, real ballerina pointe shoes. She asks her friends and teacher for advice. After much thought she realizes she does not need the wish to fulfill her own dreams. Instead, she wishes for everyone’s wish to come true. The final pages are full-color, double-page spreads that show her friend who uses a wheelchair playing with a new puppy, her teacher moving into a house, and her friend with a military parent welcoming his father home. Wishes, imagined and granted, are depicted in full color. The remaining pages are black and white except for the glowing yellow wish. Told in the first person, the story is directly personal and visually dramatic. Pair this with Cat Wishes (2018) by Calista Brill and Thanku: Poems of Gratitude (2019) to explore gratitude and finding what we really want.

– Booklist, December 15, 2019

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