My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Friendship, Art, Creativity, Adventure
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.
QUEST picks up right after JOURNEY left.
In QUEST, the young girl is not alone anymore—she found a friend with whom she sets off on a new adventure, this time to save not a bird, but curious king.
The girl and boy, equipped with a mysterious map and two colours, try to find more colours to possibly save the kingdom they set foot on from the aggressive guards that terrify the population and intend to capture the children themselves.
This author’s imagination seems to have no limit. I enjoyed it *slightly* less than JOURNEY, but only because I wasn’t exactly sure what the children were up to in the beginning, so I went back to reread it a second time.
This time I feel a couple of words were needed, whereas the first book was *just fine* the way it was. The illustrations are still awe-inspiring and I cannot wait to read the next (and final, sadly) book.
Off I go!
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