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Anno's Journey (Anno's Journey #1)

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A pictorial journey through the traditional countryside, farms, and towns of northern Europe takes readers past familiar storybook characters, visual jokes and puzzles, tricks of perspective, and other surprises.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 4th 1997 by Puffin Books (first published 1977)
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Mar 15, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
I would have enjoyed this more had the explanatory end note been at the beginning.

The illustrations in this wordless picture book and lovely and highly detailed. I almost thought it worked like Where's Waldo?, but the artist and his horse were too easy to spot.

Maybe we were just supposed to admire the details. I noticed a couple scenes reminiscent of paintings, and I spotted Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and the Pied Piper leading children through a plaza where men dug up the cobblestones behin
Lisa Vegan
Dec 20, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody in the world, no matter whether or not they can read or what language(s) they can read
This book is amazing, outstanding, and its pictures and storytelling via those illustrations are exquisitely done; they’re just beautiful. I need to reread this over and over and over. I might have to get a copy for myself someday. I’ve never been to Europe but there are a lot of clues are about the various locations in the story. I thought that I was being incredibly observant but in the notes at the end, I see I missed so much, so much. I can’t say enough good things about this book and I’m so ...more
Jan 15, 2011 Ronyell rated it really liked it
At first when I read this book, I was sort of bored with the illustrations, but now reading it a few more times, I found myself liking this book! “Anno’s Journey” is a wordless picture by Mitsumasa Anno, which shows the author exploring Northern Europe and marveling at its beauty. “Anno’s Journey” is a great book for anyone who wants to see Northern Europe through a picture book!

I never would have thought that I would be interested in reading (or looking at) a picture book that gives us a close
Jan 11, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed Anno's Journey and I really appreciated it more after I read the author's note and realized all the things he added, but for me it wasn't really a WOW book or anything that especially touched me. I thought it was interesting that Anno never got off his horse. I suppose part of it is that it was always easy to spot him that way, but I wondered if he mightn't have accomplished the same thing by wearing a more unique outfit or something (ala Waldo). It was just odd to me that he ...more
Crystal Marcos
Jan 23, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it liked it
Recommends it for: wordless picture book lovers, visual challenge lovers
This is was my last read for this month's Children's Picture Book Club wordless selections found here:
My daughter and I read this one together. I managed to keep her attention by calling out things like "Anno, Anno where are you?" The illustration and color choices were too busy for her and sometimes myself. I had trouble finding Anno on a couple of pages. I did enjoy the story and the author note at the end of the book was a nice touch. I didn't find ever
I think I would enjoy Anno's Journey rather more if there were less activity (and less people depicted). However, Europe is a rather crowded continent, so perhaps less people would not seem all that realistic either. And I really do like Anno's illustrations of houses, churches and buildings quite a bit more than his depictions of human and animal characters, as they just feel rather featureless and swarming (I never even realised that the reoccurring person on the horse was Anno, until someone ...more
Sarah Ravel
Sep 17, 2014 Sarah Ravel rated it it was ok
Anno's Journey by Mitosumasa Anno is a wordless picture book depicting one man's travels through Europe. The excerpt at the end tells the reader that the drawing are based on Anno's own journey through Europe. The drawings are full page illustrations with no framing. Each turn of the page lends to a feeling of movement through the countryside. The illustrations are shown from an aerial perspective, emphasizing the the size of the buildings compared to the small figures of the people. In a way, t ...more
Aug 15, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
A wordless picture book that is busy with activities, buildings and people. The fun is in finding some of the unusual items (like scenes from famous paintings or odd characters from books - or even Sesame street) as well as seeing the subtle changes in the items as you peruse through the pages. It's a fun book to play "I spy" with children.

This book was selected as one of the January 2011 - Wordless Picture Book reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Isaac D'Souza
Mar 26, 2013 Isaac D'Souza rated it it was amazing
Anno's Journey is a lovely portrait of rural Europe. I love the scenery, it's never too young. It uses your imgination well.
As is the case with so many wordless books, this one calls for repeated "readings". I liked to study the details, try to imagine through where the rider was traveling. In particular I liked how some things repeated themselves through the book but in different form/shape: landscapes, groups of people, children. My 4 1/2 year old was pretty drawn into this book as well. We might seek out Anno's other "travel" books: Spain, Britain, U.S.A, Italy ...
Sep 18, 2016 Holly rated it it was ok
Shelves: candy-challenge
I gave this book 2 stars because it doesn't have words. I also gave it 2 stars because I can't really read it in my classroom. Anyway, I really liked the illustrations in this book. I would use it in my classroom for "make up a story" activities. I would have the students look at the pictures and write a story based off of it. It was a good book; it just doesn't have words.
Jun 04, 2016 SaraLaLa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Okay, maybe I just don't get what's so amazing about this book. The best thing I could say about it is it's like Where's Waldo, but we're just looking for Anno. I think I was irked since the inside jacket of the book said that I'd find visual jokes and puzzles. I guess it went over my head and I just didn't find it amusing.
Kiersten Knapp
Oct 01, 2016 Kiersten Knapp rated it really liked it
Shelves: wordless
This book did not receive any awards.
The grades that this book would be appropriate for are pre-k - 2nd grade.
This book shows the journey of the illustrator, Mitsumasa Anno's, journey across Europe. The pictures show the different towns, villages and cities that he came across during his excursion on horse. At the end of the story, there is a page of information explaining Anno's journey and why he took it.
I really liked looking through each page of this book, because of the great detail put int
Norah Mcmeeking
Oct 23, 2014 Norah Mcmeeking rated it it was amazing
I am amazed that everyone doesn't love this book as much as I do! I've been buying and reading it since 1978. Perhaps any doubts are because this might not be considered a "childre's' book." It is certainly over the head of very young children, but it makes a fantastic gift for adults. I like to give it to people recooperating from an illness or stuck in the hospital.

From the first I was impressed that someone from Japan could use so many Western cultural references--everything from the Muppets
Darin Nordman
Sep 15, 2014 Darin Nordman rated it liked it
Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno

This is one of 3 wordless picturebooks that I have chosen. It seems to me that the author was very intrigued with, what I believe is Europe. It portrays Anno as a man visiting a land, sightseeing and observing different places of this land. With this being a picture book without words, it was very detailed in the illustrations. Each illustration were distinctively unique from one another and the readers can somewhat get an idea or an imagination of what the author
The first in the series of Anno's journeys sees the little character of Anno take his horse across Europe. As with Anno's U.S.A., Anno himself spent time travelling across the continent to study and explore the landscape and its people. The cultural references throughout not only give a nod to housing and the use of the land but to art and literature too. Don Quixote sits alongside The Enormous Turnip which the rich, double-page spreads pay homage to Millet, Renoir and Seurat amongst others. I r ...more
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Linda Lipko
Aug 08, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing
Oh, my! What a breathtaking book, wordless and filled with thousand upon thousand of small images in the context of a larger picture. While at times when an artist attempts this, it seems confusing, someone Mitsumassa Anno did a splendid job of it all.
Mar 21, 2010 ABC rated it really liked it
This is a wordless book. It is a bird's eye view of a trip from the sea to a small European city.
Sep 27, 2014 Sylvester rated it it was amazing
This book redefines "reading". Picking out the various story-lines is so much fun. Somebody is always getting married, there is a duel fought in the field, the farm workers are often from famous artwork scenes, Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her Grandma...and much more. You could make up a hundred stories to tell your child from this book - I love the idea of "reading the stories" in a scene, it's the same with life, and teaching a child (or adult, for that matter)to find the stories in th ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Mae rated it liked it
a) This record of the author's journey through Europe is lovingly rendered in pen and ink and watercolor. Anno arrives, trades for a horse, and then wanders through wine-making, a race, a circus, a parade, a picnic in the park, a market, and a parade. In each double-page spread, we need to find Anno in a vaguely Where's Waldo-ish way.
b) This book is hilarious. At first, I was annoyed by trying to find Anno in each illustration; but, as I looked - I noticed the very funny visual jokes throughout
Feb 27, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2011, 571
This wordless picture book depicts a traveler passing through the countrysides and towns of Europe. Along the way he is surrounded by scenes from famous works of art and literature as well as many other humorous events.

Since it is wordless, any age could enjoy looking at it. Starting with pre-K, children may be able to search for the more familiar scenes (e.g. Pied Piper of Hamlin, Red Riding Hood), while middle school through adults could seek the more detailed references (e.g. Don Qui
Tati Dengo
Oct 03, 2013 Tati Dengo rated it it was amazing
Didn't know what to expect when I picked this book up. The word "Journey" made me wonder if it was just a typical warrior goes on an odyssey type deal.

But it is so, so much more than that.

Anno's Journey is akin to "Where's Waldo?" and Richard Scarry's illustrations, in that you have to pay close attention to all the tiny details, and discover the story within the story. It's not just Anno's Journey, it's a day in the life of all the people in the environments surrounding the road he travels thr
Karen Dransfield
This lovely picture book has no words. But each picture has heaps going on that you can tell your own story. It starts with a person arriving from a boat and buys/trades for a horse. And then in every other picture the person is riding or leading the horse. So what you see is what he travels through. There are pics of characters from fairy tales to spot, some famous people, some fun things, some naughty people, all there for the viewer to make up what's happening. Lovely work.
Hannah Grippo
Jul 28, 2011 Hannah Grippo rated it it was amazing
Can look at for hours and hours. The book has no words, but Anno brings so much through small images. A man rows to shore from God knows where, rents a horse and goes on a journey. We see thousands of worlds fields, busy streets, farms, castles, races, market places. Hundreds of people doing something like visiting graves, breaking out of jail, washing clothes, courting, playing games, leading cows, fixing roofs. Anno puts many famous paintings and stories hidden in his pictures... ...more
Jun 05, 2016 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: preschool
Absolutely gorgeous small European village-inspired illustrations in a wordless picture book. However, it isn't clear what you're supposed to be hunting for until the afterword, necessitating the viewer to begin again. It's also unlikely that small children will know to look for Beethoven or the other hidden items, or that they will even know who/what these things are yet. Adults will find more lasting value here.
The Brothers
Jan 19, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
Shelves: journeys, wordless
A detailed, wordless story of a man's journey through the countryside. It's fun to see all the different locations he travels to and to find him in the picture. It's like a "high art" Where's Waldo.

Illustrations are small and detailed.
Jan 30, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a book where time—Middle Ages, modern day, Renaissance—and space—England, France, Spain, Italy, even America—meet. Belgium surrealist painter René Magritte would have loved Anno. Everything is happening at once, but the journey keeps moving forward. I'd love to figure out how to do with so seamlessly with only words instead of only images.
A new-to-me favorite! A wonderful journey of a book the encourages slowing down to pore over each and every detail. For those who love search-and-find books, adventures, or creating their own stories. In short: Everyone.
Jun 28, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing
This is likely my favorite book that reads without text. It is much shorter than Shaun Tan's "The Arrival," and it is rendered in watercolor. From what appears to be intricate pen work over layers of watercolor, meticulous mark-making strokes blanket the entire book leaving very minimal white space. The imagery covers various landscape settings from Europe. Simple gestures suggest activities taking place all over the composition of each page. In a sense, this is similar to "Where's Waldo" becaus ...more
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Mitsumasa Anno (born March 20, 1926) is a Japanese illustrator and writer of children's books, known best for picture books with few or no words. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1984 for his "lasting contribution to children's literature".

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