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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  11,020 ratings  ·  1,871 reviews
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 s
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Candlewick Press
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Jason Koivu
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
* * * Read and Reviewed by Me & My Niece Emma * * *

We LOVED Journey!!! We loved everything about it!

Usually reading time is an Emma and me thing, but even Tita Cherry (my wife/Emma's aunt) got in on this one. All three of us sat around the dining room table, not reading the wordless pages, yet fully enthralled by this wonderful adventure of a girl escaping loneliness and the doldrums of daily life with a stick of magic chalk. She draws up a boat or magic carpet or whatever, and off we go into a
A Lovely bit of imagination in this Wordless book.

We meet a girl who is lonely and the rest of her family is busy. She finds her imagination and she is off in another world. A very lovely world filled with wonders. She uses her magic red crayon to create things or open doors.

I don’t want to spoil the ending at all. It’s worth reading this joyful story.

Even though the nephew is beginning to read some, he still gets to read the wordless book. Let me tell you, his story was filled with all kinds
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Journey by Aaron Becker is a wordless children's book about a bored little girl who's looking for an adventure. She uses her magic red marker to create a fantastic journey through a new world. Children and adults will love the rich and bright illustrations that have just the right amount of detail.

The ending might leave you guessing a little bit as to how the events conclude. The clues are in the colors
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cannot begin to guess how many times my children and I have read this book. I still marvel at the fact that this is a debut! It is a near-perfect depiction of a child's imagination, complete with a magic bird, secret doors, castles, what can only be described as flying machines and evil enemies in a fantastical world of adventure. This wordless tale stars a brave little girl in a story that could be a tad ambiguous...meaning my children had many different interpretations of what the action was ...more
When a young girl is desperate for some attention from her family but they appear to be too wrapped up in their own lives to notice her, she draws herself into an imaginary land and can get herself out of any predicament with just a few lines drawn from a magical red crayon.

Journey is an absolutely stunning, heart-skipping wordless picture book. It will make you gasp at its beauty and feats of imagination. It is probably my favorite wordless picture book of all time. Can someone say Caldecott? I
While Aaron Becker's Journey does remind me a bit of Crocket Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon in so far that both Harold and the lonely little girl protagonist make use of coloured crayons to both create adventure and rescue themselves out of various precarious situations, Journey is indeed a much more visually rich and nuanced story than Harold and the Purple Crayon can ever be, with both a backstory, friendship found and multiple rescues (as the little girl rescues a purple bird which in ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children, Parents
No words, excellent and beautiful illustrations. Becker uses color masterfully.

A girl is bored with her grey house full of grey people doing grey things. Even her grey cat is sleeping and doesn't want to play.

Luckily, the girl finds a piece of red chalk. She draws a red doorway on the wall and escapes into a fantasy land. She draws herself a red boat and sails into the city. She draws herself a red hot air balloon and floats over the land.

Then she sees a beautiful purple bird getting captured b
Cristina Monica
This book is incredible.

Which just shows that sometimes words are not needed. I understood everything perfectly without requiring any sort of narration based on words.

This is the beautiful story of a young girl who, out of boredom, draws a door on one the walls of her bedroom and is magically transported into another world.

This world is complex and, while clearly magical and astounding, also slightly dangerous. This girl, whose name we know not, witnesses a majestic bird being captured and trie
David Schaafsma
This is a beautiful illustrated children's book, one of the best books I have read this year. It's also Aaron Becker's first book, and it's also wordless. It of course owes its main idea to Harold and the Purple Crayon, and the idea that a kid with a coloring crayon can change his or her world. But Crockett Johnson keeps it simple and clean, and Becker builds on the idea to suggest that this act adds color and shape and ecstatic invention to a child's, or anyone's world. Basic point--that the im ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve encountered something new and exciting at this late stage of the game. For years I’ve been reviewing picture books written for children. Working with them on almost a day-to-day basis as a children's librarian, I did not doubt that my experience helped me to separate out the wheat from the chaff (so to speak). Then I had my own kiddo and together we were able to plumb the depths of the board book genre. Now the small child has grown quite fond of picture books, so together we’ve explored bo ...more
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will start with the artistry, which is absolutely gorgeous throughout. The images alone leave you breathless, and as I read this with my kids, I found myself staring at each page for quite a while just to soak it all in. Aaron Becker's talent draws you in from the front cover to the very end. I was reminded a bit of Bluebird (which I also loved) as I read, though the drawings in this book are so much more developed and majestic. The vibrancy of the colors, the complexity of the lines, the whim ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is, in my opinion, an essential book for parents and non-parents alike. It is a work of literature, stunning in its artistry, poetic in its imagery, minimalism, and allusions.

What you have here is a wordless storybook. It is, I would suggest, more a work of art, a collection of linked paintings that tell a story. Our main character (nameless), seeks refuge from her disconnected life in the adventures she creates with her red crayon. Sound like a book we've all read and loved? Stay with me.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wordless picture book about a girl who is lonely and uses a magic piece of chalk to "draw" herself into a different world and vehicles to travel upon. It is executed well, and shows the creative side of using your imagination.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this one, think the girl may be to young for it though.... she was up off my lap before we had hardly gotten started
Imaginative story of a child with a magic pencil. No text, lovely book to look through alone, or to describe what's happening.
Ghazaal B.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I.Just. Can't. Handle. This. Amount. Of. Beauty.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Wordless Picture-Books and/or Fantastic Adventures
Bored and lonely, a young girl tries to attract the attention of her parents and her older sister in this wordless picture-book, only to find herself relegated to the background. Retreating to her room, she finds a magical red marker and draws a door into another world. Here, in this magical realm, she visits a majestic city, frees a captive bird, and escapes from the angry humans intent on punishing her.

Redolent with references to other beloved works of the fantastic - the girl's marker reminde
La Coccinelle
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, children
I'd never heard of Journey. My mom heard about it somewhere, though, and she borrowed it from the library. I borrowed it from her. And I was completely enchanted by it.

There are no words in the book, just pictures. And what amazing pictures they are! They're incredibly detailed, yet also simple. It looks like the illustrator used a variety of materials to create the pictures. Throughout much of the book, cool and muted colours are used, so the touches of red really stand out. There's also a stea
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, picture, travel
I thought the central device owed a bit too much to Harold and the Purple Crayon, but other than that I thought the illustrations and story were excellent. I especially liked the castle full of aqueducts. ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Harold and the Purple Crayon, 2.0
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a red crayon can do!
The illustrations were AMAZING!! And we liked the crayon idea it reminded us of “Harold and the Purple Crayon”.
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Journey and will seek out Becker's other works. It's a beautiful, poignant and, ultimately, uplifting look at how art can led us out of ourselves and our own situations and help us connect with others.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
If you ever read my reviews, you know that I am not a big fan of wordless books (Bluebird being a prime example of my dislike). When I opened the books and saw no words I was thinking "Great, another boring book I have to create a story line for with inferences from pictures that are overwhelming and usually too many...sigh" but then I caught the spirit of it and started to like it. The pictures are great, and imagination of the girl is spectacular. So, if you pick this one up, have your child ' ...more
Amy (Other Amy)
GORGEOUS. Wordless story, all picture. Something like The Girl Who Ran Away meets Ico. Nephew isn't old enough for this one either, but I may have to buy it for ME. And now I see it's a trilogy. I will be looking into Quest ASAP. ...more
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
Okay I really should have waited to look at #2 before looking through this one lol everything finally makes sense! Still would 100% recommend to anyone, especially little ones with vivid imaginations who like to make up their own stories and commentary when reading! :)
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When I first read this book it was in 2014 and I was at my only independent bookstore walking around waiting for my parent to pick me up after watching a film at the movie theater thats in front of this bookstore. I saw this book on display in the children's section and I remember that I saw this book somewhere on Goodreads and discovered I had added it to my TBR pile and decided to read it since it is a children's picture book.

I reall
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would give this book 10 stars if it were possible!

The girl feels lonely. Everybody seems to be busy.The only one who can not find something interesting to do is her. Nothing attracts the girl... at least no in this world... but what about in an imaginary one? With a red crayon she draws a red door to a magic world.

The pictures immediately become colorful and more dynamic. In the first pages we could feel the girl boredom, but as soon as she goes through the red door the time seems to fly while
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book with beautiful black and white and colourful illustrations to show a child’s exciting imaginative journey.
Terri Lynn
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, fiction
This book makes me want to go back to being the imaginative and creative little girl I once was. Oh. Actually, I guess I still am! Maybe that is why this wordless children's picture book resonates with me so well. It was love at first sight.

I have a love for children's literature. This book is wordless but the art makes it literature. I can "read" the story through the gorgeous illustrations. We start off seeing a rather bored and lonely little girl sitting on her stoop in the city. Her dad is
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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 f ...more

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