... Spires's buddy tale of overcoming obstacles and learning to manage expectations will likely find an appreciative audience, especially in a classroom setting.
—Quill & Quire
A little girl has big plans to make the most magnificent thing, with the help of her canine sidekick.
An entertaining book for the very young, this is also a useful reminder that most problems can be worked out if we give it time. Spires's digital artwork does a masterful job of injecting humour.
—The Montreal Gazette
In the end, it's precisely the kind of book we need for kids these days. Perfection is a myth. Banged up, beat up, good enough can sometimes be the best possible solution to a problem. A lesson for the 21st century children everywhere.
—Elizabeth Bird, SLJ.com
It's a useful description of the creative process, an affirmation of making rather than buying, and a model for girl engineers.
Spires' understanding of the fragility and power of the artistic impulse mixes with expert pacing and subtle characterization for maximum delight.
—Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review
The Most Magnificent Thing is a wonderful fable about effort and reward, in a tone perfectly understandable to younger children. A definite addition to public and primary school collections.
The Most Magnificent Thing captures the ups and downs of the creative process perfectly ... with honesty and even a little elegance.
—Globe and Mail
This indefatigable little girl won't let frustration get in the way of creating her magnificent contraption. Determination is key!
This is a solid choice with a great message that encourages kids not to quit in the face of disappointment but rather to change their perspective and start over.
—School Library Journal
Without being heavy-handed, the author has shown how perseverance, determination, vision, and dealing with your emotions can pay off. Illustrations add charm to the story ... This is a good read-aloud.
—Library Media Connection
Young readers will love the surprise ending. Readers learn that not everything comes out ?just the right way? instantly.
—International Reading Association