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(Journey Trilogy #1)

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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 in
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
Alexis Ayala
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La imaginación siempre es el mejor transporte a mundos maravillosos.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Feb 11, 2018 added it
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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
Imaginative story of a child with a magic pencil. No text, lovely book to look through alone, or to describe what's happening.
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
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Harold and the Purple Crayon, 2.0
The illustrations were AMAZING!! And we liked the crayon idea it reminded us of “Harold and the Purple Crayon”.
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.
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! :)
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a red crayon can do!
To check out my review:

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
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
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've seen many compare this book to Harold and the Purple Crayon... and for good reason as a major piece of Journey centres on a device (chalk) enabling the protagonist [name to be created by the reader] to create something out of nothing and interact with it.


But I'll take it one step further...

If you can recall the Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks from the 80s (like The Cave of Time) and the sense of wonder they created in the theatre of your mind as it did mine when I read them,
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I elected Journey by Aaron Becker as my nomination for the 2014 Caldecott award. This magical story is about a lonely girl who, with the help of her red marker, travels to an unknown world filled with wonder and adventure. I selected this book as my nomination for the Caldecott because not only were the illustrations phenomenal and extremely engaging, but they were the only means by which the author told his story (it is a wordless picture book). Because the story is tol
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This came across my desk today and I just love it. I am not usually a visual person. Unless an illustration really catches my eye I usually skim past them. My brain focuses on the written word. As a result I tend to read graphic novels and similar material very quickly, and then when discussing them later I realize that I missed quite a bit by not studying the pictures as closely as I read the text.
Journey has no words at all. It tells its story strictly through the lovely and detailed illustrat
Wow! What can I say about this book. I fell in love with it immediately. Maybe it was the gorgeous illustrations with the amazing detail. Maybe it was the girl who after being pushed aside by her family uses her imagination to find her own fun. Maybe it's the creative twists and turns and the way the girl finds a friend in the end (in a quite unusual way). This book reminds me of another book that I very much love, Harold and the Purple Crayon except on a bigger, grander scale. The steampunk asp ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
Bored and lonely, a girl creates her own imaginative world of adventures. Journey feels like a cross between Shaun Tan's The Red Tree by Shaun Tan and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. But this picturebook, illustrated with delightful watercolors with an excellent selection of colors, pushes the narrative forward without words, but merely red lines on white paper.

I think I am in love.
No words. Great pictures. Not getting the attention she craves from her parents, a lonely girl must make the best of things with her own imagination (cf. Coraline?). What I especially love is that the imagination does not just take the girl to other worlds, but ultimately provides an opportunity for her to reenter this world with a new perspective.

Kate made the connection between this book and Harold and the Purple Crayon. Okay, smartypants, but have you heard of Escher?
Elizabeth A
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, art, kids-ya
This little gem of a book is a picture book for children. It has no words, so every reader will make up a slightly different story as they "read" it. And you might get a different perspective with each re-read.

This is the story of lonely girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and enters a world full of magical adventures and a few dangers. I so loved how the story captures the magical worlds that reading a book, or creating art can immerse us in. The art beautifully illustrates the won
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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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