by Aaron Becker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763677305
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 83,096
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Aaron Becker dreamed of traveling to castles when he was a boy. At age ten, he was lucky enough to visit the walled island of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. Many years later, that visit inspired him to create the palatial castle featured throughout the Journey trilogy. Aaron recently returned to Europe with his family, where he completed the watercolor paintings you see in this book.

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Return 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Return is the last book in a trilogy, following a young girl who with her red marker pen can draw magic doors, and enter other realms. The series is unique in that the books don’t contain any words, just illustrations from beginning to end. I haven’t ‘read’ the first two books, but it didn’t take me long to understand exactly what was happening. The little girl wants to play, she wants an adventure. Unfortunately, her father is working, so she has to create her own fun, starting with drawing a magical door, in which she enters into a world of kings and queens. Closely followed by her father, who goes looking for her. Return, is a spellbinding book. It captured my imagination with its silence. The novelty of being able to narrate the book myself was completely unique to me, it felt almost poetic. Although this is a picture book, it is not for little children, the plot is too challenging. There are no young drawings, just beautiful, evocative illustrations. The images are like movie screen shots, each one tells a different stage of the story, moving one shot at a time. The intricate detail is what sets this book apart from others. Every little detail has been carefully drawn with precision, giving the reader the visual setting for their minds to work with. The story flows naturally, and it effortlessly moves along at a steady pace. There are no language barriers with a wordless book. This book is just a filled to the brim fantasy adventure, that relies on you, the reader to complete the story, whichever version you may choose.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
In Return, the third installment in Aaron Becker's Journey trilogy, the little girl's father follows her into the magical world through the crayon-drawn door. Together, the girl, her father, the boy, and the king (is that what he is?) once again have to fight the evil men who are trying to capture the magic crayons. I loved how the father was brought into this story. I love the emotion, adventure, and suspense portrayed through pictures with no words. The illustrations in this whole series are so beautiful. They really portray the magical, adventurous spirit of the books. They're terrific for non-readers and readers alike. It's fun to take a break from words and imagine the story just using the pictures. This book works well as the conclusion to the series, but it could also be read as a standalone book.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Return (2016) is the final wordless picture book in Aaron Becker's Journey Trilogy which began with Journey and Quest. Return once again follows the little girl from the first two books as she returns to an amazing world where drawings come to life. This time, though, the little girl's father (previously too busy to pay her much attention) comes along for the ride. Together father and daughter discover the surprising background of the magical world that she thought she already knew quite well. Aaron Becker received a Caldecott Honor for his work in Journey, that same masterful artwork is used to full advantage here in this final, lush installment in a fantastic picture book series. Finely detailed illustrations with vibrant colors draw readers into each new page with artwork that spans from edge to edge. Like many wordless picture books, Return rewards repeated readings with new elements to discover and additional pieces to pore over each time. A must-see for art and book enthusiasts alike. Highly recommended.