Author-illustrator Ashley Spires

A copy of Ashley Spires' The Most Magnificent Thing should be on display and promoted in every Makerspace. I told my students that the unnamed girl in the story is the poster child for creativity and perseverance. 

Ashley dropped by to chat with me about magnificent things, vandalizing books, school libraries, a cute cat, and Cinderella. I wrote the words in purple, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Ashley!  

The most magnificent thing about making books is painting the final art late at night while binge watching TV shows and eating chocolate.

The illustrations for The Most Magnificent Thing were finished in about three weeks amidst a 1500 km move, a house full of guests and minimal sleep. It was also my first digitally illustrated book, so it was a pretty steep learning curve. Goes to show: deadlines don’t change for life, and life doesn’t change for deadlines!

The Most Magnificent Thing Book Hack made me feel like a vandal. We are taught NEVER to deface a book, let alone cut it up and make it into a purse!

School libraries are my happy place.

Binky is afraid OF NOTHING! (Besides vacuums, the vet, sudden loud noises, running out of food, dogs who aren’t Gordon, potential alien attacks on his helpless humans and the sudden resurgence of crop tops.)

Reading is  something I need to do more.

Picture books are  my favorite. Unless I’m working on a graphic novel, then that’s my favorite. Until I make another picture book, then that’s my favorite and, hang on, I see a pattern here…

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about my “Cinderella’s mice” impression. Show. Stopper.

I am giving away one copy of The Most Magnificent Thing

Rules for the Giveaway 

1. It will run from 7/4 to 11:59 p.m. on 7/5. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. Please pay it forward. 

Borrow The Most Magnificent Thing from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


  1. I love The Most Magnificent Thing! :D So, of course, thank you for the giveaway, John :D :D :D I'd recently become aware of it through Lora's blog with another great interview I KNOW you'll enjoy :D...

    http :// wordsonalimb. com/2014/06/ 10/words-on-a-limb-interviews-ashley-spires/

    And thanks for making me aware of Binky, License to Scratch!


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