Beautiful art…

and such a story…

Aaron Becker has melded each of these together giving us Journey, a wordless story with such depth.  A young girl becomes bored, but her imagination takes that boredom away.  The story begins as she sits on the front stoop of a brownstone home in a large city, head down on her folded arms which are around her knees.  She looks quite bored.  Back in the house, with the use of a red crayon, she draws a red door on her bedroom wall.  As she opens the door, she is immediately transported to a lush green outdoor scene. With the same red crayon, she draws a boat which takes her to a castle filled with canals, some high upon the walls which take her in and through this wondrous castle and its towers.  The red crayon and the girl’s ability to draw take her to many other places via a hot air balloon, a flying machine, and a magic carpet, get her into a bit of trouble, and wind up with an equally suitable friend.

A wordless story can let any reader step into the story or into any particular scene.  My imagination was set free to join this girl on her incredible “journey.”  I explored the intricate inventions, the inside of the buildings, the finely woven muted colors set aglow by reds, blues, grays, purples, fuchsia, and golds.

I love this book for it set my mind free.  And this is Mr. Becker’s first book.  Yes, his FIRST!

Reading Level: 4 – 8 Years

A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book
New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2013


Aaron Becker has worked as an artist and concept designer for ImageMovers Digital and Ice Blink Studios where he designed sets, characters, and established the lighting for animated films.  Studios such as Lucasfilm, Disney, and Pixar have benefitted from his incredible talent.  Journey introduces us to his own characters and the worlds in which they travel.  He uses watercolor, pen, and ink. Aaron Becker lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife, daughter, and cat. This is his first book.  You can find him @ http://www.storybreathing.com

“I’ve made several memorable journeys in my lifetime. I’ve lived in rural Japan and East Africa and backpacked through the South Pacific and Sweden. But to this day, my favorite destination remains my imagination, where you can often find me drawing secret doorways and magic lanterns.” — Aaron Becker

Book Information:

  • ISBN-13: 9780763660536
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Pages from book:

2137196_orig8604804_origReviewed 3-21-2014 for original blog.


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