Published by Candlewick Press on Aug. 6, 2013
Genres: Picture Book
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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.