Thursday, January 21, 2016

A (Picture) Book About Books

If You Wish, written by Kate Westerlund & illustrated by Robert Ingpen
Series? No
Publisher: minedition
Date: September 2014
Other Details: Hardcover; 32 pages
How did I get this book? borrowed from library
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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This was my first complete book of 2016 and what a wonderful way to start the year! I discovered it while doing some research about Robert Ingpen who has done the illustrations for a whole series of classics (that I keep adding to my collection!) as well as many other books including this one. His artwork is absolutely beautiful and this story just warmed my bookish heart. Essentially, it is about a girl who learns to use her imagination while re-reading her favorite books -- she discovers how to find the "book inside the book."

This book currently has only 12 ratings and 1 review on Goodreads and I'm so surprised by that. According to the author's website, it was originally only available in German and French, but it was later published in English in the US in 2014. I'm so glad my library system had a copy to borrow, but I have a feeling this one will eventually join our home collection as well.

This is a must-read for any book lover -- child or adult! And most especially if you have a soft spot in your heart for re-exploring your favorite stories. It is a wonderful book to read aloud and there were quite a few lovely quotes I jotted down in my journal -- that doesn't happen too often with a picture book!


  1. I need to see this book. It's on my list to get for my nieces and nephews!

    1. Fantastic! I hope you (and your nieces & nephews!) enjoy it as much as I did :)

  2. Christine your review of If you Wish brought me to your blog. We seem to like the same kind of books- from cook books to fantasy…to well, everything. I will now be receiving your blog directly and am checking out the 1001 Children’s Book List. Thank you.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! It's always fun to find other readers who share our bookish interests :)


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