Author: Aaron Becker
Publisher: Candlewick Press
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A king emerges from a hidden door in a city park, startling two children sheltering from the rain. No sooner does he push a map and some strange objects into their hands than he is captured by hostile forces that whisk him back through the enchanted door. Just like that, the children are caught up in a quest to rescue the king and his kingdom from darkness, while illuminating the farthest reaches of their imagination. Colored markers in hand, they make their own way through the portal, under the sea, through a tropical paradise, over a perilous bridge, and high in the air with the help of a winged friend. Journey lovers will be thrilled to follow its characters on a new adventure threaded with familiar elements, while new fans will be swept into a visually captivating story that is even richer and more exhilarating than the first. (Source: Goodreads)
In this epic follow-up to Aaron Becker’s Journey (Journey #1) the Girl with the Red Chalk and the Boy with Purple Chalk must gather all of the magic chalk from around the world and rescue the other chalk users from the evil king. This journey isn’t one of escape but of heroism and bravery.
I absolutely loved this book, just like the last book. The art is breathtaking, the story beautiful, and this series continues to surprise and thrill me. Becker continues to make amazing books in this series that uses no words but still manages to tell really captivating and interesting stories. I am so excited to see where Becker takes this story in the final book of the trilogy.
This story follows the Girl with the Red Chalk and the Boy with the Purple Chalk as they enter their magical world again, this time to save fellow magic chalk users and end the reign of an evil king. The learn that to save the day they have to gather the rainbow of magic chalk. Together, using the chalk, they move around the whole of the world to collect the chalk while fighting off and evading the evil men who have captured the chalk. I really liked this plotline because it transitioned so smoothly from the previous story. I loved that the kids weren’t running away but running to the action and fighting the battles. My only complaint was that the action moved a little too quickly.
The art was of course beautiful. This is the best aspect of the book. Becker’s books have some of the most beautiful artwork I’ve seen in picture books. I absolutely love the mixture of colours, the bland with the vibrant. I like how the contrast works between the regular and the magical, the pre- and post-rainbow. The art in this book is perfect.
There’s not a lot I can say without repeating myself from the review of Journey. I highly recommend this book, this series. Must-read!