The Lost Wish

Where imagination is limitless, and pure adventure awaits. It’s a tale guaranteed to excite and inspire young readers everywhere
Join Siena, her loyal loving dog Buddy, and her best friend Gabi as they inadvertently set off on a remarkable journey through a mystical land that’s filled with adventures. Siena is a bright and brave little girl, who, one cold and wintry night, steps with Buddy and Gabi through a magical archway into Elfland. 

Along their journey, they encounter friendly elves, dangerous dragons, flying pixies and talking rats as they set upon an important mission to find The Lost Wish and with it, save the dreams of a thousand children. Time is against them and the clock is ticking! Will they succeed with their important mission or will Gizmo the Dragon get there first?

Meet The Lost Wish Creators

Clare Anderson - Author
The Lost Wish is the vision of Clare Anderson, Founder of Sensory Retreats. Clare has been in the beauty industry for over 25 years and is a passionate advocate of the importance of complete wellbeing for mind, body and soul. 

Sensory Retreats is the multi-award winning wellness brand, home to the self-heating eye mask range, featured on ITV This Morning and winner of a coveted 2022 ASOS Beauty award. It retails a collection of holistic wellbeing products and is driven by a passion to deliver multi-sensory, self-curated experiences, with relaxation at their core. 

Clare’s ultimate wish is that children, alongside their parents, will be encouraged to not just sit down and read together but to reconnect with the world around them. She envisioned the Lost Wish as an enchanting and magical place where creativity and imagination could run wild and free anywhere. 

Interwoven throughout The Lost Wish are positive affirmations and storytelling techniques designed to encourage kindness, mindfulness, resilience and independence. The book also reinforces the importance of self-belief, something which Clare believes is a powerful and necessary tool to succeed in business, and life.   
Emily Jacobs - Author
Emily Jacobs is a Glasgow based writer with a BA in Fashion Business. Emily has published two books, the second of which, Raven and Rat, a fantasy adventure for children, was written initially as a story to read to her young daughters. 

Emily credits this with igniting her passion of writing for a younger audience. Emily has featured in podcasts and on local radio stations promoting writing as a positive tool for mental health management. In fact, writing and reading has personally helped Emily through challenging times. 

The underlying messages inherent in The Lost Wish deeply resonate with her. Alongside writing The Lost Wish, Emily is currently implementing writing workshops in youth centres to help young adults express themselves through the creativity of writing. She was overjoyed to be involved in The Lost Wish, writing a book she knew would touch the hearts of children and adults alike. 

The Lost Wish is so much more than just a story with memorable characters – it is woven with wellness messages and all the right ingredients to leave a positive impact on young readers. Emily’s belief that the impossible is always possible and the ability to make magic happen is sprinkled throughout The Lost Wish.  
Emma L. Kurran - Illustrator
Emma L. Kurran is a freelance illustrator. She originally trained as a 3D Character Animator with a background in fine art and theatre studies, before moving on to work as a Technical Animator in Visual Effects. 

Her film credits include Guardians of the Galaxy, Exodus: Of Gods and Kings and The Jungle Book. Emma left the world of film production to become a freelance animator and illustrator, working on projects in advertising and retail, in addition to selling her own artwork. 

As a keen reader herself, Emma leapt at the opportunity to illustrate a children's book. Emma describes the project so far as being a whirlwind of activity, but the wellbeing message of The Lost Wish is something that is constant and integral throughout its production and this resonates deeply with Emma on a personal level. 

Emma regularly participates in autism research and gives a yearly lecture at King's College London on her personal experience of life as an autistic woman. We’re delighted to have her on board, bringing the wonderful imaginary characters of The Lost Wish to colourful life with her detailed illustrations. 
Simeon Crowther - Editor
Simeon Crowther is a former communications director, rugby coach and primary school teacher. During his 13 year teaching career, Simeon was a subject and curriculum leader in Science and PE, and taught in a range of different primary school settings. 

He is now an editor, copywriter and communications consultant working in education and sport. In the latter stages of his teaching career, Sim was increasingly concerned with issues around children’s physical and mental health. 

The Lost Wish book project was of particular interest with its powerful thread of wellbeing messages and its focus on the important qualities of empathy, kindness, and courage. Sim has read thousands of texts to many hundreds of children and knows the power of a great story to fire the imagination, inspire play or encourage calm reflection. 

We are hugely grateful for his insight, counsel and advice in the early stages of our journey and for his edits to the first manuscript of The Lost Wish. 
Natalie Samuel - Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist
Natalie Samuel is an experienced Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and the Founder of HelloHypnotherapy and NS Therapies. Her HelloHypnotherapy nighttime enlightenment downloadable audios, specifically designed to relax the mind and unwind the body before sleep, were an obvious complimentary element to add to the portfolio of Sensory Retreats self-heating eye mask range.

Natalie genuinely cares for each client she works with and enjoys the privilege of accompanying clients on their journey of self-discovery and healing. Adopting a pluralistic approach to her work, Natalie uses a range of approaches (Person centred, Psychodynamic, CBT, ACT, hypnotherapy, mindfulness and Gestalt) to tailor the best course of treatment for the client. She works with adults and young people through individual and group workshop sessions in schools and privately to build life skills and heal past traumas. 

Natalie is a key contributor to the wellbeing ethos behind The Lost Wish, having developed a bespoke Sleepy Elf meditation to accompany the story and the brands Elf Eyes self-heating sleep mask for children.  

Meet the characters

Join Siena and her friends on a wonderful adventure...
Excellent ventilation and protection from the elements



Quick and easy setup



20D Silicone Coated Nylon Ripstop offers UV resistance and superior waterproofness



Large door and vestibules



Six interior pockets to organise gear



Six interior pockets to organise gear



Six interior pockets to organise gear


Tinsel & Bing

Six interior pockets to organise gear



Six interior pockets to organise gear


Cookie & Pretzel

Six interior pockets to organise gear



Buy your copy of The Lost Wish

The Lost Wish will be avalible to buy online from September 2022


When can I buy a copy of The Lost Wish?

The Lost Wish will be avalible to buy online from September 2022 

Can I buy Elf Eyes and when?

Elf Eyes will be available to buy from the Sensory Retreats website in July 2022 

What age group is The Lost Wish for?

The Lost Wish is for young readers aged around 8+ but it is also a wonderufl book for parents and carers to read to children of all ages

Is there anything else to go alongside the book?

Yes there is a collection of new well-being products to go alongside the book designed for children. This includes the Sensory Retreats Elf Eyes Self-Heating Eye Masks. See more here