My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Journey, Art, Creativity, Adventure
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?
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 tries to save it.
JOURNEY is actually my first wordless picture book. I have read, a couple of years ago, THE ARRIVAL by Shaun Tan, a wordless graphic novel and loved it. Therefore, I was not concerned about the lack of writing.
The illustrations are enough. Not many can pull this off, that’s for sure, but Aaron Becker managed to give a story a melancholy atmosphere with images alone.
Five deserving stars.
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