A truly magical book.
Title: The Wish Tree
Author: Kyo Maclear
Illustrator: Chris Turnham
Source: Raincoast Books for review
Description from Goodreads:
Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don’t believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways.
What I Thought:
The absolute stand out from this book are the illustrations. You could probably take any page straight out of the book, frame it, and stick it on your wall. If I didn’t love this book so much I totally would.
Boggan as a character is wonderful – firstly, the name Boggan is adorable. But the especially sweet part is how the rope for pulling him along often makes a cute little smile. It warmed my heart.
I loved how even though Charles was had a mission with a deadline, he still stopped to help every single animal that crossed his path. And of course his kindness is rewarded because when he is too exhausted to carry on, the animals come together to help him on his way.
Have I mentioned the illustrations? Yes? Well. They’re incredible.
After reading this book to my four-year-old, we had the following conversation:
Evelyn: Mom, why didn’t his brother and sister believe him?
Me: Sometimes when people get older, they stop believing in things.
Evelyn: I’ll never stop believing. I promise.
Me: *hugs her super tight*
Evelyn: Mom, you’re squishing me!
Me: *hugs tighter*
Kyo Maclear has written several other awesome children’s books, including The Liszts, which looks totally perfect.
Chris Turnham has a ridiculously amazing tumblr page full of his prints – visit at your own risk, since you’re probably going to want to buy all of them.
Forget the wish tree, I want a forest feast with those adorably furry creatures!