Aaron Becker

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Aaron Becker has worked as an artist for such film studios as Lucasfilm, Disney, and Pixar, 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.

"I’ve made several memorable journeys in my lifetime. I’ve lived in rural Japan and East Africa and backpacked through the South Pacific and Sweden. But to this day, my favorite destination remains my imagination, where you can often find me drawing secret doorways and magic lanterns." — Aaron Becker

Average rating: 4.37 · 17,573 ratings · 3,062 reviews · 8 distinct worksSimilar authors
Journey

4.41 avg rating — 10,458 ratings — published 2013 — 18 editions
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Quest

4.37 avg rating — 3,903 ratings — published 2014 — 15 editions
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Return

4.37 avg rating — 1,938 ratings — published 2016 — 12 editions
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A Stone for Sascha

4.08 avg rating — 782 ratings — published 2018 — 4 editions
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You Are Light

3.95 avg rating — 451 ratings — published 2019 — 2 editions
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The Journey Trilogy

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My Favorite Color: I Can On...

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“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
1401
“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.”
Stephen Hawking
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Rosie's Magic Horse by Russell Hoban
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This wonderful tale by Russell Hoban is a perfect fit for Quentin Blake's loose and vibrant ink and watercolors. We've loved reading this one at home with our kids.
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The Brave Little Tailor by Olga Dugina
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The illustrations alone are worth the price of admission. Fanciful, majestic, and detailed.
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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
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Still a masterpiece. Amazing how it holds up all these years later.
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The Wreck of the Zephyr by Chris Van Allsburg
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A classic from Van Allsburg. And the book that inspired me to create Journey.
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The Wreck of the Zephyr by Chris Van Allsburg
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A classic from Van Allsburg. And the book that inspired me to create Journey.
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The High Street by Alice Melvin
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A beautifully crafted picture book fun to read to a child and search for clues along the way in the detailed imagery.
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Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear
Virginia Wolf
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A fantastic story about the darker side of creativity that also embraces its wonder and joy. Arsenault's illustrations are always fantastic, but here they are at their most brilliant and creative.
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Rudyard Kipling
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

Lloyd Alexander
“It is strange,' he said at last. 'I had longed to enter the world of men. Now I see it filled with sorrow, with cruelty and treachery, with those who would destroy all around them.'
'Yet, enter it you must,' Gwydion answered, 'for it is a destiny laid on each of us. True, you have seen these things. But there are equal parts of love and joy.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron

“You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.”
Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

Ivan Turgenev
“We sit in the mud, my friend, and reach for the stars.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

Lloyd Alexander
“Child, child, do you not see? For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron




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