Journey Journey by
Published by on Aug. 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all. (Goodreads)

I’m expecting my first child in May, so I’ve been paying a lot more attention to picture books lately. I’m even having a book-themed baby shower, where I hope to really start building this kid’s library. (Except for maybe this classic, which is the saddest book of all time.)

Enter Journey, a stunningly gorgeous picture book that paints us a story without a single word. Journey, by Aaron Becker, just won the 2014 Caldecott Honor, and it’s easy to see why. The book opens on a lonely little girl, her world a wash of sepia except for her bright red toys. She takes a red marker and creates a door to a magical land bursting with color—turreted castles, Arabian forts, flying machines. Becker’s beautiful artwork really draws you in and makes you want to linger on each page. The book ends on such a pretty note, with the girl finding not only new adventures, but someone with whom to share them.

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5 Stars

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One Response to Picture Book Review: Journey by Aaron Becker

  1. Jennifer Greenlees says:

    I borrowed Journey from my local library and so adored it that I bought three copies for Christmas 2013: one for me (I’m single, childless, and 39-years-old) and one each for my baby nieces. 🙂

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