Book Buddies: Dazzle Makes a Wish by Cynthia Lord

Book Buddies: Dazzle Makes a Wish  (2023)

Cynthia Lord (author)

Stephanie Graegin (illustrator)

Candlewick Press

Ages 6 to 9

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Book Buddies: Dazzle Makes a Wish

"I didn't think I would ever be loved," Dazzle said.

"Loved?" Opal asked. "What does that mean?"

For the first time, Dazzle felt sorry for the fairies. "It's hard to explain," he said. "But it's a warm, happy feeling. You know you belong with someone and they belong with you."

"Are you loved" Opal asked.

Dazzle didn't even need to think about it. "I'm loved by Anne and the children at the library."

"You wished for one child—but you got a whole library full!" Nugget said. "So maybe your wish did come true, but in a surprise way."

Dazzle thought about it. Could Nugget be right? Could wishes be sneaky like that?"

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 Book Buddies 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.

Dazzle Makes a Wish is Book 3 in the Book Buddies series. The Candlewick Press release date is March 21, 2023.