I Wish




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By Toon Tellegen

Illustrated by Ingrid Godon

Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer

In thirty-three delightful poems by Toon Tellegen, paired with luminous portraits by Ingrid Godon, children wish for courage, a sudden miracle, an extremely unusual pet, or the ability to become a song, hummed by all those in love.

I Wish pairs poems with a gallery of portraits inspired by old-fashioned photographs – faces staring out at us with the serious, veiled expressions of a bygone time. Scattered among the paintings are young children, men and women, and babies, speaking through Toon Tellegen’s yearning poems. Like dozens of confessions poured from the page, the poems present a glittering kaleidoscope of wishes, from imagined feats of heroism to reciprocated human love.

Hardcover: 9781939810328

E-Book: 9781939810335

Published: March 31, 2020



  • Ingrid Godon has a new website! Please visit it here to learn more about her work.
  • She’s also been featured on Picturebook Makers! Visit their site to read this lovely interview, and learn about her career, creative process, and more.
  • Click here to see Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) guide readers through I Wish and share student work inspired by the story.


I Wish (the movie)