Wish by Chris Saunders is one of the most beautifully illustrated children’s books–or just books in general–that I have ever had the pleasure to read. The artists’ work was utterly phenomenal and I would be lying if I did not admit that a large reason I wanted to read this book was due to the amazing cover art you see before you. And this brilliantly dazzling artwork holds to the same standard as the cover through the entire book, amazingly filling me with a great love for this book based on the art alone. Of course, Wish is still so much more than just its artwork.
Wishes in the world of this book appear as little bright circles that one day appear before our main character, Rabbit. In fact, Rabbit does not only find one wish, he finds three! But Rabbit is unsure of what to wish for and so he goes out to ask three of his friends; Mouse, Fox, and Bear. These three friends have no problem whatsoever informing Rabbit of their deepest wishes and I found myself connecting most with the fox–which was wonderful and I will scream to the world for the rest of my life how much I love this book for making the fox wish to be a writer; I could honestly just cry at how beautiful and emotional I am about this moment–and while Rabbit remains unable to decide what he would wish for, he considers each of his friends deepest desires.
The question then becomes are the wishes of Rabbits friends the right wish for him? And if they are not, what then should he use his three wishes for? I wont say much more than that as to avoid spoiling the beautiful ending of this novel, but believe me when I say that it gives a lovely message and does well to support the amazing feats of friendship. I will definitely be getting myself a copy of this book at some point in the future and I have no qualms in admitting that, while I love the message, it is partially because I adore with every bit of my heart the character of the fox.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.