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Friday 8 October 2021

Review: The Most Magnificent Thing

What are the most important things that children remember about their parents all their life? 

I believe it is time together and all that transpires during that time.

Memories of sharing and togetherness are the most magnificent things to every child.

That’s what this book is about.

Every page is a notable activity between parent and child in words and images; a gesture that brings joy. A collection to look back on.

It could be happy bubbly bath time, a shared drink, a ride in a grocery trolley, applause at an achievement, seeing things from someone’s shoulders or from a grassy seat. It is play and learning to stimulate the imagination, or sharing a moving moment while surrounded by nature.

Jennifer Loakes’ minimal text on every page goes straight to the heart. It sits against Nicky Johnston’s own visual narrative that slips hand-in-glove with the writer’s intention. The usual warmth that springs from her work is again evident.

Full page images in watercolour, ink, pencil and pastel, contain expressions of enjoyment in togetherness, sharing tasks, and creating something that gives a sense of achievement. Large and detailed illustrations draw the reader into the scene, welcoming them into an atmosphere of serenity.

Stunning end pages begin and end with their own story.

This beautifully illustrated picture book speaks of family, the necessity and meaning of warm, daily, family interaction, and of the important things in life that have nothing to do with material goods

Title: The Most Magnificent Thing
Author: Jennifer Loakes
Illustrator: Nicky Johnston
Publisher: Windy Hollow Books, $ 25.99
Publication Date: 1 September 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922081957
For ages: 3 – 6
Type: Picture Book