by Aaron Becker


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A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763660536
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 29,219
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Aaron Becker has worked as an artist in the film and animation industry, where he helped define the look and feel of characters, stories, and the movies they become a part of. With Journey, he has created characters and worlds of his very own, using traditional materials and techniques. Aaron Becker lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife, daughter, and cat. This is his first book.

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Journey 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book with illustrations that create a Miyazaki-like world of adventure. There is no text in the book, but that did not take away from the story at all. I highly recommend to children and adults alike. 
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
JOURNEY is a wordless picture book, so there is no text to write about, but there very much is a story. And the story is wonderful.  It's pretty simple: A young girl feels ignored by her family, so she creates a door to her own adventure.  I don't see this as an indictment against her family in any way; I see this as showing the benefit of allowing children to get bored so that they will use their imagination.  This book does pay homage to several books, most obviously Harold and the Purple Crayon, but I also saw traces of The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Phantom Tollbooth, 1001 Arabian Nights, and just about anything that Jules Verne wrote.  The homage feels almost like a love letter to the fantastic children's literature of the past. The artwork in this book is heart-stoppingly beautiful.  It is marvelous and magical.  It is enchanting and engaging.  It is accessible and just plain awesome.  This was Aaron Becker's first book.  I can't wait to see what he does next.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Journey (Journey Trilogy, #1) by Aaron Becker a beautiful story of imagination, a wordless picture book that shows how you can save your dreams and find meaning in life.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. I tend to agree. However, when one picks up a children’s picture book, one tends to think there will be written text for the story. Not so with Journey by Aaron Becker. This winner of the Caldecott Honor Book Award published by Candlewick Press can truly stand alone as a “picture book” with no actual words written on its pages. How so? As the little girl seated on the steps of her city home all forlorn and friendless drifts from moment to moment and room to room and family member to family member, she despairs of anything with which to entertain herself. The pictures are drawn in muted browns, blues, and greys. There is a touch of color wash here and there, but mostly it is the muted tones of a dream world. There is a bright spot, though, in the red crayon of the little girl. Her crayon takes her on this magical Journey to kingdoms, danger, rescue, and friend. When my four little granddaughters recently visited me, we had a grand time “reading” Journey. They loved picking out the minute details that flesh out the story. The bird (his color is purple). The boy with the purple crayon. I loved finding minute details in the early pages of the book that were replicated as a prison-cage, the military Phoenix, hot air balloon, etc. Yes, a picture storybook without words is a possibility and it tells a grand tale, indeed.  DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review. 
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I’ll create myself an adventure and it will start right here in my bedroom. It will encompass a castle, a hot-air balloon, and a magic carpet. Did I forget to tell you that in my adventure I will be captured, that I nearly fall off a waterfall, that I will make friends with a special bird and that I created this adventure using a special marker? It’s a grand adventure, one that is written without words so that you, the reader can add to the drama as the pages are turned. I draw with my red marker just like Harold and his Purple Crayon did in his books, only on my pages there are some pictures that accompanying my drawings. So if you’re up to it, help me create an adventure. I liked the illustrations that are contrasted with her red marker. There is plenty to look at in the illustrations and as a reader; you could make up a few different stories by looking at the pictures. The bird is bright purple and that part of the book could have many different stories attached to it, if you think about it. I was disturbed with a detail in a couple of the pictures, as it shows a gun. I understand why it was there but it was something that concerned me.
javyously More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for someone that never reads, and I thought she might like getting a book without words since she doesn't really enjoy reading. She told me that this book made her cry and that it was beautiful, and she loved it! I highly recommend this book, it's a great story that doesn't really need words because the illustrations are so impressive.
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Kmh952 More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book and purchased it for my 30 year old daughter... This was a story that she could have told. Her imagination was always vivid and full of life. She was delighted when she found this tucked into a box I sent for Easter. Wonder wonder illustrations that will take you wherever you want to go. Enjoy!
reader1JW More than 1 year ago
It's a keeper!  Delightful to watch my 4yo study the pictures and explain the story to me.  On the practical side...he loves that he can "read" this story by himself and I often find him holed up with it. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just stunning!  What a great way for children to retell a story using their imagination and making their own inferences.  This will become a children's classic. 
CheerfulCherub More than 1 year ago
This book has a wonderful story told in amazing illustrations. I am sure it will be receiving more awards in the future. It already has the NYTimes Best Illustrated Children's Book Award. I kept sharing this book with everyone I knew from co-workers to children. The story gets better and better with each read as more details unfold. It will be a family treasure.
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HappyMomLF More than 1 year ago
This book allows your child to explore a world of fantasy and adventure through their own point of view without the distraction of another's words.