„Journey“ by Aaron Becker

A book without words? What sounds kind of contra intuitive, works extraordinary well – at least, when it comes to Aaron Becker’s books. “Journey” was the first review copy I got in the mail and was immediately taken by our three-year-old, so it took some hours until I got to read the newest acquisition…

"Journey" is a book, that doesn't need words
“Journey” is a book, that doesn’t need words
Aaron Becker’s “Journey” is a 2014 Caldecott honor book. Not surprising, when you take a look at Becker’s illustrations… His book manages without words. And it does it well.

The story reminds of “Harold and the purple crayon”: A bored girl takes a red crayons and escapes her sepia-colored world to a magical land. With imagination alone she travels through the dreamlike land: With painting a boat she is able to travel to a renaissance-like city, continuing the voyage by hot air balloon, rescuing a purple bird, an expression of another child’s fantasy, and being rescued. The end of this journey is a new beginning: Friendship…

Journey” is a wonderful visual fairytale, which tells a story without using a single word.

I didn’t expect this book to be loved by toddlers, but Finja was captivated and even took “Journey” to bed. We talked about the storyline for hours. Not surprisingly, as Becker knows how to use the elements of a classical adventure without words. He uses the reader’s imagination and shapes it into something completely new and individual. “Journey” was Aaron Becker’s first book. Until now, he published “Quest“, the next chapter in his wordless fantasy. “Return”, the third part of the series, will be released in August 2016.

Loved by adults and children
Loved by adults and children

More information:
Journey
by Aaron Becker
Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (August 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763660531
ISBN-13: 978-0763660536

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