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I Wish You More Hardcover – March 31, 2015
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I Wish You More
Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace.
"Cleverly stated, feel-good wishes."
—School Library Journal.
"The love comes shining through."
"It's going to be a new classic."
—Cool Mom Picks.
"Hopeful and upbeat."
From School Library Journal
PreS—The renowned duo who created Duck! Rabbit! (2009) and Wumbers (2012, both Chronicle), has teamed up again to present a compendium of pleasant images and cleverly stated, feel-good wishes. "I wish you more ups than downs. I wish you more give than take." Each spread features children of various ethnicities and a simple comparative blessing, each beginning with "I wish." Although not as engaging as some of their more notable collaborations, it is still a lovely compilation of positive moments that can be shared by parent and child, and it even offers some interesting wordplay in the simple text ("I wish you more can than knot" as a little girl tries to tie her shoes with her tongue sticking out in concentration). VERDICT While not an essential purchase, it is one title that most libraries will wish to have on their shelves.—Jessica Marie, Salem Public Library, OR
"Cleverly stated, feel-good wishes."--School Library Journal
"The love comes shining through."--Kirkus Reviews
"It's going to be a new classic."--Cool Mom Picks
"Hopeful and upbeat. certain to reassure children that they are loved."--Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
The illustrations are truly the star in this effort and the only reason I would rate this with four stars. The kids in each two page spread are all endearing, and perfectly capture the sentiments expressed on the page. The pictures are simple and direct , effectively using white space, and conveying a surprising amount of emotion in each simply drawn face.
Each two page spread conveys a wish in the format "I wish you more___than_____." All sentiments tug at the heart strings, making this a book parents will love even though it might leave young readers a bit bored and confused. A wish for give and take is pretty straightforward, but a wish for more "we than me" might leave them confused. I liked the wish for more "hugs than ughs", but felt that some others ended up feeling forced. The text doesn't flow all that well, which limits it's use as a group read aloud.
This book will find it's best home being shared on a parent's lap. As an expression of parental hopes, dreams and love for a child, this is a great success. As a dynamic book to engage young story listeners, it leaves a lot to be desired. Perfect illustrations carry this to a grudging four star rating and only a cautious recommend.
*This book provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I found this book at the Book Fair at the elementary school where my husband teaches. They only had one copy left. So of course I went to Amazon. The books arrived promptly. I could not be more pleased with the product as well as the service. Everyone deserves their own copy of this beautiful book.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in ink, watercolor, pastel and colored pencil. The illustrations steal the show in this book with vibrant colors and plenty of humor throughout.
THE GOOD: This book is a sweet gift book that one friend could give to another full of good wishes.
THE NOT AS GOOD: As a children's picture book, this book did not come through for me. I felt many of the wishes to be too abstract for children to fully understand such as "I wish you more can than knot" (I still don't understand this one myself). And why would you wish more treasure than pockets for a friend? I felt sorry for the little boy looking down on what he had to leave behind. This book had good potential, but fell short of the mark for the younger crowd.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 5-8. I think that can be bumped a little higher to 6-9 due to the abstract nature of some of the wishes
I've started buying books.
For one card
You can be excessively charged.
When you buy a book
You get so much more.
Just sign the book
As it was a card.
What I like about the book is that it slaps me up-side the head and reminds me that there are things I want for my children (and all children) beyond the cliche things like good friends, a good education, enough money....
It reminds me that I want them to also have MORE STORIES THAN STARS, MORE GIVE THAN TAKE, and MORE WE THAN ME.
You might need to chat with little ones about some of the nuances of these 'wishes' as some of the concepts might not be crystal clear to them; but there's nothing wrong with that. This is how they learn what your family values are.
I also want to say that I read this book to my teens. Sat on their beds at night and shared the book because I want them to know that their dad and I want all sorts of wonderful things for them--still.