Dazzle Makes a Wish (Book Buddies #3)

by Cynthia Lord (Author) Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Book Buddies

Will lonely Maya's wish for a friend come true when she borrows Dazzle, a toy unicorn, from the library? What about Dazzle's wish for a place to belong? The heartwarming series continues with a third adventure.

Dazzle is a snow-white unicorn with a twisty horn, a sparkly pink tail, and a tag that says unicorns can grant wishes. He isn't sure whether he can make a wish for himself, but he does so anyway, hoping for a child and a home of his own. Instead, Dazzle gets sold at a yard sale and becomes one of the Book Buddies, friendly toys that children can check out of the library just like books. Meanwhile, Maya has just moved to town and decides to borrow Dazzle, hoping he can grant her a wish for a new friend. But when a girl named Isabelle comes over for a playdate that doesn't go as well as Maya had expected, she's worried that they won't become friends after all. Maybe Dazzle and Maya can help each other make their wishes come true?

With a gentle tale of empathy and growth, Newbery Honor winner Cynthia Lord and celebrated artist Stephanie Graegin offer another endearing story in the Book Buddies series.

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Whether reporting discussions among the Book Buddies characters or dramatizing conflicts that challenge children, Lord's characters find practical solutions to realistic dilemmas as the story progresses, while Graegin's sensitive grayscale illustrations provide sympathetic portrayals of people and toys alike. . . an engaging selection for beginning chapter-book readers and an enjoyable read-aloud choice.

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Cynthia Lord
Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance, A Handful of Stars, and Because of the Rabbit. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and is the author of the Shelter Pet Squad chapter book series. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at cynthialord.com.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
March 21, 2023
Book Buddies
BISAC categories
JUV047000 - Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
JUV040000 - Juvenile Fiction | Toys, Dolls & Puppets
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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