The Wishing Machine

The Wishing Machine is a heartfelt story on the true meaning of “home.” As Sam says good-bye to a familiar community space, he realizes that no matter where they go, it will always be great with mom there. A must read story! ~ Momma Braga


Every Sunday after cereal, Sam and Mom walk to the laundromat, clean their clothes, and see their friends. But this Sunday is different. This Sunday, maybe, just maybe, something extraordinary will happen.

When washing machines become wishing machines, the world may never be the same again.



The Wishing Machine is a heartfelt children’s story on the true meaning of “home.” The story captures sadness that comes with moving away and being away from familiar spaces. But then it captures the true imagination of the possibilities and positives of change.

While making a wish, Sam realizes that it doesn’t matter where they move to as mom will be there. Together is where happiness would always be. That in itself tugged this reviewers heart!

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give The Wishing Machine 5 wishes out of 5! The story is truly heartfelt and the illustrations brought out the characters to life. When we read stories, we always try to find a real life connection as there is always one.

This story reminded me of a very young me when I would go to the local laundromat with my mom. I loved going with her but I loved it more for the arcade game that they had at ours. Looking back, I just enjoyed going as it was an adventure to walk, help with the laundry and then walking back home. Those are great memories to hold onto and ones that I cherish.

Now if I could make a wish in my wishing machine…I wish for all our laundry to be cleaned, dried and folded without me having to move a muscle. 😉

 I wish there was more kindness in the world.
~ Nikki, Age 9

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About the Author

Jonathan Hillman is 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 & Queen anthology, and he is the author of picture books Big Wig and The Wishing Machine. He lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his two cats.

About the Illustrator

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.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

~ Momma Braga

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