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Journey Hardcover – Aug 6 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Aug. 6 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763660531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763660536
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1 x 24.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A masterwork.
—The New York Times

An imaginative adventure story whose elaborate illustrations inspire wonder, careful examination and multiple reads.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Wonder mixes with longing as the myriad possibilities offered by Becker’s stunning settings dwarf what actually happens in the story. Readers will be both dazzled and spurred on imagined travels of their own.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

[An] auspicious debut... [a] captivating wordless story... The strong visual narrative makes this an appealing choice for a wide range of ages. By the turn of the last page, children will immediately begin imagining the next adventure.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

We live in a time with a lot of flash and beep and tweets. Mr. Becker has made a beautiful reminder that there are times we need to turn it off. Sometimes we need a book, some quiet, and our imagination. It's so well done.
—Erin Stead, 2011 Caldecott Medal Winner for A Sick Day for Amos McGee

I fell into this breathtaking adventure and didn't want to leave. This is a book of extraordinary magic and beauty.
—Julie "Jules" Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

First-time author Becker sweeps readers away on the very best kind of journey, allowing a complex color scheme, intricate fantasy environments, and a stirring sense of adventure to tell the story without a single word. ... Laudable for its adventuresome female protagonist, scope, and sense of fun, this title will draw girls and boys back to it again and again.
—Booklist (starred review)

Dreamlike... Like Harold and his purple crayon before her, the child discovers that she can use a crayon to make an imaginative escape -- and what an escape it is! ... Dazzling.
—The Wall Street Journal

[A] wordless tour de force... Completely original. ... Becker's breathtaking urban and bucolic scenes map out a visual narrative that reflects the girl's journey--both external and internal. ... Here's hoping there's more to come from this talented newcomer.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers (starred review)

With this wordless tour de force, Aaron Becker gives a nod to the likes of Crockett Johnson and Shaun Tan--but in a completely original work. … Becker's breathtaking urban and bucolic scenes map out a visual narrative that reflects the girl's journey--both external and internal. By the conclusion, readers see that all she needs is a likeminded friend. Here's hoping there's more to come from this talented newcomer.
—Twenty by Jenny

This absolutely gorgeous wordless picture book is a testament to the skill of author/illustrator Aaron Becker. As Journey ends, you'll want to immediately return to the beginning to experience it again.
—NPR Books

Becker's wordless masterpiece is both timely and timeless, drawing inspiration from the classic "Harold and the Purple Crayon" to draw the reader into an entirely new and beautifully-rendered world.
—The Huffington Post

Talk about making your own adventure! ... [E]xtraordinary kindness and a couple of crayons produce an ending so original and satisfying you can’t but shake your head and smile. This gorgeous, wordless book is a gem.
—Redbook

[A]n absolutely magical tale... Becker's picture book is one of the finest get-lost-in-your-own-imagination tales of loneliness, escape, adventure, and, ultimately, new friendship that I've read in quite some time.
—USA Today Online

Becker launches readers into a wordless adventure amid exotic lands and narrow escapes—thanks to the bright red marker-wielding heroine. Think Crockett Johnston’s ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ crossed with Neil Gaiman’s ‘Stardust.’ A lonely girl steps from her black-and-white world into a vast, colorful journey. Some stories, including this one, don’t need words to fire the imagination.
—The Boston Globe

With its fine attention to detail and jaw-dropping storyline, Becker has created a modern day classic in the midst of an overpopulated genre. ... I don’t get to use this word very often when I’m talking about books for young children but I’m going to dust it off and use it now: Beautiful. There’s no other way to describe Journey.
—Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production (SLJ Blog)

About the Author

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


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Journey is a book with no words, but full of exciting, gorgeous art, story telling art - the reader OR/AND the child can imagine and create the Journey. The Journey taker is a young girl, a bit like Lyra in Philip Pullman's triology, a successful young girl on a JOURNEY, solving problems, making decisions, being confident, and on a JOURNEY. The art is fabulous, just fabulous. And not only can you (reader) and child (listener) make up your own words to describe the heroine's Journey set out page by page, but you can do it in any language! There are no words, no right or wrong, just use your imagine, or the child will use his or her imagination, and travel on the Journey. Such a creative innovative way to entice children into the world of books. Loved it.
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After reading so many raving reviews about this book I was expecting more. Perhaps it's a instance of overly high anticipation. It is a lovely book and well worth a look though not as extraordinary as you might expect from the hype.

A little girl uses her red chalk to enter a fantastical world and interact there the chop creates a door, boat, hot air balloon and flying carpet. While exploring the castle, the child discovers an exotic pink long-tailed bird being captured. She uses her courage and imagination to free the bird and bring it back to her world. It's nice to see a girl exploring and being heroic, especially without using a sword or bow and arrow.

The story is told completely in pictures. It would be a wonderful tool to engage a child in conversation about interpretation, prediction, and results. Well recommended.
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This is one of our regular night-time reading books for the last few weeks and our two children aged 2 and 3 love it. The illustrations are enchanting and we love going on a flight of imagination and creating our own story. As there are no words to read, our 3 year old daughter is able to "read" the entire book to our 2 year daughter. Very special indeed.
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The red scooter, red kite, red ball, and red chalk marker--all the red objects--are visually magnetic. The girl is a real girl doing real things, and the world she creates with her red chalk is fantastical, rich, and finally connected to the real world in simple authentic ways. One reads with curiosity and awe.
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Amazing journey provided the reader is as creative as the author. But don't be intimidated, words will come easy once you see the illustrations. I 'read' a few pages a day to my 5-year old and he was hooked- it extended the magical journey and allowed me to be more eloquent and creative at a time of day when the brain just wants to switch off!
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