The Most Magnificent Thing - Ashley Spires
I chose this book because of the illustrations and because there's a dog in it. He also happens to have about the same coat pattern as my dog (he's clearly 'helping' me in the kitchen here as always):


Yes, I have a soft spot when it comes to picture books that involve dogs (or any animal really). I loved this little story in which the little girl's dog also happens to be her assistant. Together they're trying to craft the MOST MAGNIFICENT THING! However, as the short synopsis above here already kind of mentions: the most magnificent things usually aren't built in one go. It takes perseverance, perspective and a little help from your friends!

If you're a dog person and like to show something to kids about the friendship between a dog and a human, this one is certainly recommended! I notice a lot of kids are scared of dogs and often, it's due to one (or both) parents being afraid of them as well. You don't necessarily have to conquer your own fear, but passing it on to your children is not okay mkay. So ALSO for people who are afraid of dogs and have kids, this picture book can help in showing them (and maybe even yourself) that you don't have to be afraid, but that a dog can truly be your best friend!


An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.