Once Upon a Wish by Amy Sparkes
  

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Once Upon a Wish by Amy Sparkes

What would you do if your wishes came true? Meet the wishgiver boy - with lotions and potions and secret ingredients, he glides through the night making wishes come true. He can conjure up dragons, magical midnight feasts and even make you fly. But will he ever find the magic to grant his own wishes? This is a tale of hard work rewarded and the special power of the words 'thank you'.

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This magical read about a wish-granting boy weaves a dreamlike tale of dragons and midnight feasts, sure to delight even the smallest of readers. After all, who doesn't have a wish they would like to come true? Baby London Deep in the forest, in a giant oak tree, lives a magical wishgiving boy, as you'll soon see ... By night, as the wishes drift his way, he spends his time concocting and conjuring up wish magic for girls and boys,then delivering it right to them ... Despite their delight at receiving their heart's desire, these children quickly forget the wish giver who also has a wish of his own, for it's a lonely life he leads in that secret lair of his. The lad wishes for a pet or a friend to keep him company but try as he might, his own wish is unfulfilled ... Then one night this wish wafts his way I wish I could fly and immediately our lad is up and doing, sprinkling, stirring and filling a bottle of potion, before sailing off to deliver same to the waiting wisher. This particular recipient however, is rather different. Yes, she's absolutely over the moon at being able to take her maiden flight, but it's what she does next ...that makes all the difference, though not right away. Her kind words take a little while for their own particular brand of magic to do its work ... Amy Sparkes

's sparklingly gorgeous, richly and humorously detailed, glowing illustrations make for a magic mix all of their own: sheer delight from cover to cover. If you've ever forgotten to thank, or overlooked saying, thank you to anybody, I urge you to get hold of a copy of this one and send it to them forthwith; actually buy a copy no matter what; you'll surely find someone or many, to share its enchantments. -- Jillrbennett https://jillrbennett.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/once-upon-a-wish-thank-you/ Swathes of lapis-lazuli blue shimmering with a dusting of magic wrap readers up in rhyming delight and fairy-tale enchantment in Amy Sparkes (@AmySparkes) and Sara Ogilvie's Once Upon a Wish, a truly lovely, imaginative and heart-warming tale about the value of friendship. Deep in the heart of the Forest of Dreams the wishgiver boy works hard spreading joy. Wishes float in on the breeze and he sets about stirring up the mysterious ingredients needed to make dreams come true, before delivering the spells in person. Although happy to be able to grant others'

's found it, his magic can't work on himself. Generosity, patience and gratitude finally bring magic words to light ensuring a reassuring, upbeat ending that will no doubt lead to many a conversation about hopes and happiness (and what we all can do to help each other with our own dreams and delight). Sparkes'

's wonderful to see a magical, creative and successful boy making it his business to leave the world a better place. Ogilvie's illustrations perfectly balance charm and quirkiness, drawing out the warmth of the story without ever becoming saccharine. I'm pleased to see that the wishgiver's new friend has dark skin; this is a rare book which manages to bring much needed gender and race diversity gently and so naturally into storytime, whilst also delivering a subtle message about the power of thankfulness. -- Zoe http://www.playingbythebook.net/2016/07/11/once-upon-a-wish/'

About the Author

Sara Ogilvie creates award-winning art which has been exhibited across the UK and abroad. Working as a freelance illustrator Sara creates images for editorial, design, publishing and advertising. She is the illustrator of many books including Dogs Don't Do Ballet, Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes and The Worst Princess. Amy Sparkes is the author of several picture books. She lives in Devon with her family and when she's not having adventures with her own children, she's running activities in schools, talking to children about writing.

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Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 3

Author

Amy Sparkes
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Publication date

5th May 2016

ISBN

9781849416610


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