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QUEST by Aaron Becker


 “The Journey Continues”Journey Trilogy #2

This is the next chapter in the Journey Trilogy that began with the Caldecott Honor Winner, “Journey.”

This wonderful wordless adventure continues in the same fine style that the first did.

In Quest, a king suddenly, and mysteriously, appears in a city park door and gives the two children a map along with some objects.  Then the king is captured.  The girl and boy draw what they need to open doors, to fly above the fast-approaching enemies.  They draw the equipment they need to get to the next step on the map, all in order to save the king.

Please take your time and look carefully…for the details tell this story…

  • colorful pieces of chalk appearing in odd places
  • wild bugs
  • sea creatures
  • animals
  • birds
  • flying contraptions
  • sailing ships of a vast assortment

Pages done in sepia tones, blues, and grays, gradually painted with all colors, create art that truly tells a story.  Mr. Becker uses pen and ink along with watercolors.

Aaron Becker’s incredible imagination gives these stories such a power of wonder.  The reader, both young and old, is inspired with hope for a journey of his or her own as these children are followed.

“Return,” the “Journey Trilogy third and final episode, is expected to be published August, 2016.

Age Range:  4 – 8 Years


Aaron Becker was born in 1974, in Baltimore, Maryland.  As a child, he was interested in outer space (influence was, most likely, his mother, an astronomy teacher at a community college).  At one point, he began drawing space rather than desiring to fly in it for he loved to draw.

He worked as a designer in San Francisco’s dot-com era.  He then decided to attended Pomona College, graduating in 1996.  He spent six months at the Art Center in Pasadena, CA where he learned some fundamentals of illustration.  It was there that he met a film designer who encouraged him to send in his portfolio.  Within a few months, he was working on the film adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express.  He spent eight years illustrating scenes in children’s animated films.  He learned more of the fundamentals of image-making and storytelling during the period.  Then he moved back East and started to work on Journey, his first book.  Journey, a wordless children’s book, was a Caldecott Honor in 2014.  Quest, the second book in the trilogy, has received tremendous reviews.  He now lives near Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.

You can find Aaron in several spots online:  http://www.storybreathing.com/  and https://www.facebook.com/aaronbeckerillustration  and a great interview @ http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=3255  where you will see photos of places where he has ventured which became part of the “journey.”




Book Information

ISBN-13: 9780763665951
Publisher:  Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

10 thoughts on “QUEST by Aaron Becker

  1. Wow! I have never seen or heard of a book quite like this one. It sounds absolutely amazing. The cover illustration alone is wonderful. It reminds me of E.H. Shepard’s illustrations of Christopher Robin – capturing childhood in art. Visiting from the Book Nook. Tina from Amanda’s Books and More


  2. These books are very beautifully illustrated. They were so popular at our library when I worked as a librarian there. Thanks for joining the Family Joy link party. 🙂


    • Oh, yes, Samantha…they are finely illustrated. I love just spending time on each page to see all of the detail. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment here.


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