Once Upon a Wish by Amy Sparkes
  

Once Upon a Wish

Written by Amy Sparkes
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

RRP £6.99

Synopsis

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

Amy Sparkes

Amy Sparkes writes for children of all ages. Her picture books have been shortlisted for several book awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and the Booktrust Best Books Awards 2014. Amy was born in Eastbourne and enjoyed a wild imagination when she was a child (which included 13 imaginary friends). She is passionate about encouraging imagination in children and is often invited to visit schools. She regularly produces the 'Writing for Children' pages for the bestselling Writing Magazine and also runs writing workshops for aspiring chidren's authors.

Amy lives in Devon with her husband and five young children. When she's not off on an adventure with them, Amy enjoys drinking tea and climbing trees.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages

Author

Amy Sparkes
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Publisher

Red Fox Picture Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

5th May 2016

ISBN

9781849416610


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