Title: Journey (Journey #1)
Author: Aaron Becker
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Source: Gift/Won (in word draw)
Check this book out on Goodreads.
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 spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all. (Source: Goodreads)
Journey tells the magical story of a lonely girl who goes on an adventure, that leads her to an unexpected friend. Told entirely through illustrations, without any words, the story is a captivating journey that takes you from the blandness of the everyday through all corners of the worlds, you’ll find adventure in the most unexpected places by the end of this book.
This book was breathtaking. It took me completely by surprise, it was so beautiful and moving. The journey in the book is so thrilling and sweet. The art is beautiful with a captivating colour palette, and some really enchanting imagery. Using no words in a book can sometimes go horribly wrong, because the message and the action can get lost in the illustrations but that was not at all the case with Journey. The storytelling and the art in this book are really just perfect.
In this book we start with a lonely girl with no friends who is somewhat neglected by her family. She uses a magical crayon to head into a world of her imagination and has journeys across the world. This leads her from the drab world where she lives to a colourful world beyond imagination, and finally takes her to an unexpected friend (I won’t spoil it because the moment when she find this friend is pretty moving). She starts out traveling and then comes into conflict with an evil emperor when she saves a captured bird. The story is just exciting and moving and sweet.
This pairs well with the beautiful illustrations and palette. The colours in this book are amazing. The real world that starts off the book is drab with greys and browns as the primary colours, though there are a few standout colours – red is the main one. Then when we transition to the magical world she enters the colours explode across the page, though the red, and now purple, are the most vivid and noticeable colours, which really capture your eye and lead the movement of the story.
The illustrations themselves are so detailed it surprised me. The illustrations have detailed background which sometimes get ignored in picture books. The character designs are really fantastic, with the evil emperor as a real standout. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful this book is, honestly you have to see it to really understand. The details and style are just breathtaking.
I highly recommend this book. Even if you aren’t a kid/don’t have kids this story is just so beautiful. If you’re ever just browsing the bookstore take a look at this book, it’s worth the time. I also just found out Becker has another book and I need it!!