BOOK REVIEW: Where Wishes Grow by Chris Sarracini (Children’s)

Chris Sarracini 

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Brownridge Publishing
Publication Date:
Number of Pages:  56

A young girl learns that dreams do come true, especially when wishes grow into prayers of the heart. This is the story of eight-year-old Maggie, a pensive and courageous dreamer, whose big heart starts to break when her grandmother becomes bedridden and sick with no recovery in sight. Fortunately Maggie has some wishes in mind to breathe life into Nana and is about to learn the secret for making them come true. Watching Nana’s health fail has been difficult for Maggie and so now much of her time is spent dreaming up wishes for ways she can help her. Maggie conjures up three wishes for Nana she desperately wants to come true: for Nana to see again to enjoy her favorite beautiful things, for her to walk again to visit her favorite places, and for her to speak again so that she and Maggie can sing their favorite songs. The problem is, with wishes this important, Maggie wants to be sure she can realize them; wishing upon stars that may be long dead or relying on birthday candle hoopla just won’t cut it. Thankfully, Maggie’s mother knows the secret for turning wishes into reality…you’ve got to write each wish down and then go plant each one in just the right place. And, as Maggie discovers, retelling the story of how each wish was planted turns out to be the most magical part.



I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

I really enjoyed this poignant story that handles the very difficult themes of depression and aging in a gentle manner that will resonate quite well with young readers. Children’s books that touch on topics facing the elderly are few and far between, so the fact that this book beautifully captures those ideas in a thought-provoking and engaging way from a child’s perspective makes this a definite standout. 

While this book is not religious, it will strongly appeal to faith-based readers with its strong messages on resilience, hope, and love. This book helps to convey those valuable ideas as a means of finding comfort, which are definitely qualities that any reader can benefit from.

The illustrations are soft, almost dreamlike, which work to enhance the gentleness of the tone. As Maggie begins the journey to plant her wishes, the illustrations express the sense of wonder and awe that a child would experience in not just embarking on such an endeavor, but also communicating those emotions to her mother and grandmother. The larger than life moments will draw children in and keep them listening, while also providing inviting perspectives that work to pull readers into both Maggie’s pain yet eventual joy.

Overall, this is a remarkable selection to connect multi-generational families, inspiring and projecting consideration and kindness that will not be lost on children.

Chris Sarracini has been working in the comic book and film industries for over 15 years. In addition to writing for a number of successful comic book favorites including TRANSFORMERS, STREET FIGHTER,  and DARK MINDS, his own creations include FATE OF THE BLADE and CASA NOSTRA. As a screenwriter, he has worked with Universal Pictures, Disney,  and Nasser Entertainment. His most recent publication is the children’s picture book WHERE WISHES GROW.

Chris lives with his family in Toronto where he continues to create and write.


Many thanks to Pump Up Your Book Virtual Blog Tours and Chris Sarracini! It was a pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

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Monday, November 19

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Friday, November 30

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Monday, December 3

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Tuesday, December 4

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Monday, December 10

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Wednesday, December 12

Interview at The Literary Nook

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Wednesday, December 19

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