Book Review: Where Wishes Grow by Chris Sarracini


Author: Chris Sarracini
Publisher: Brownridge Publishing
Pages: 56
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Where Wishes Grow… 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.




My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Where Wishes Grow is a sweet children’s book about Maggie, whose grandma had a stroke and now has difficulty talking and is blind and bedridden. Her family is taking care of Nana and Maggie wants her to get better. She starts talking to her mom about making wishes and when she tells her mom that the wishes are for Nana to get better, Maggie’s mom says she has a secret. She knows how to make wishes come true. She has Maggie write the wishes down and plant them in specific places. After Maggie plants each wish, she comes home and she tells her story of planting the wishes. I like how Maggie’s mom sends her to plant her wishes in places that are important to Nana. 

This book is beautifully written and illustrated. It addresses children dealing with illness in the elderly and teaches that it’s normal to be sad when someone is sick. The best lesson from this book is that wishes can come true especially if they truly come from the heart.




About the Author

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.

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