I received a copy of The Most Magnificent Thing for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I read this book on my phone to my 8 month old daughter. Needless to say, it was hard for her to focus being on such a small screen (though she has trouble focusing lately anyway because she’d rather be crawling around). However, some of the pictures grabbed her attention. The drawings and the colors are very simple in this book, so it won’t keep the attention of very young readers.
However, I did enjoy the story. The words were still simple for young readers, but the moral of the story was pretty good: it teaches kids that if you get stumped working on a problem that you can’t solve, sometimes just walking away for a little bit and coming back with a clear head, you can solve your problem. I think that is actually something really neat to teach kids.
I also really enjoyed what “the most magnificent thing” ended up being. I won’t spoil it for you!
I recommend picking up this book to read to your kids, especially once they’re hitting elementary school and start having homework and projects. It’s just a good reminder that getting frustrated with a problem doesn’t ever solve your problem. Taking some time to cool off and clear your head can do wonders.