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The Wishing Machine

The Wishing Machine

Current price: $18.99
Publication Date: October 17th, 2023
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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A tremendously sweet journey of wishing for things that are out of your control, hope, and what really matters.The Wishing Machineembraces reality in an honest way without feeling crushing, allowing for magic.

Carrie Koepke, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO
November/December 2023 Kids' Indie Next List


Oge Mora’s Saturday meets Carmela Full of Wishes in this touching and whimsical picture book about a mother and child’s last trip to their local laundromat before moving away.

Every Sunday after cereal, Sam and Mom walk to the laundromat, wash their clothes, and see their friends. But this Sunday is different. Today, doing laundry means packing clean clothes in boxes to move away. Sam doesn’t want to leave their neighborhood and friends. Maybe if they hope with all their might, they can turn a washing machine into a wishing machine!

Sam’s imagination transforms the mundane into a series of wonders as they cope with change and learn the true meaning of home.

About the Author

Jonathan Hillman is a graduate of Hamline University’s Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program, where he received the Walden Pond Press Scholarship for Excellence in Middle Grade Fiction. His essay and poems are featured in the Fat & Queer anthology, and he is the author of picture books Big Wig and The Wishing Machine. He lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his two cats. Visit him at

Nadia Alam is a second-generation Bangladeshi Canadian illustrator. She lives in Toronto with her husband, daughter, son, and dog named Momo. The Wishing Machine is her first book for children. Visit her online at

Praise for The Wishing Machine

Praise for The Wishing Machine:

* "By turns whimsical and deeply honest, this is a moving testament to the power of love in the face of change." —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

* "Beautifully heartbreaking and heartening, all at once."  —Booklist, STARRED

"A generous, thoughtful celebration of community and embracing life’s transitions." —School Library Journal