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Becker, Aaron

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0763660531
Characteristics: 40 unnumbered pages :,color illustrations ;,25 x 28 cm


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Mar 07, 2015
  • GSPLAvery rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an absolutely astounding picture book, with a phenomenal story. It makes an excellent platform for young readers to tell their own interpretations, and gives us a chance to stretch our imaginations! I definitely recommend it!

Nov 27, 2014
  • Jordan_A rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a gem, a story where the reader gets to make the story up as they go from page to page!

Nov 06, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Becker pushes boundaries of what type of story can be told in a picture book. He gives us so much to look at, making the book a prime candidate for re-reading.

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Oct 13, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

First of all, there is no denying the illustrations in this book are at times extraordinarily detailed. The story begins in sepia when she is bored and turns to full color when she uses her red marker to create a door into a fantasy world. There is a fantasy like quality throughout the book so you always believe you are in a make believe world.

Once the girl enters this new world, she uses her marker to create different ways of traveling through it. What I don't understand is, if this is the girl's fantasy, why the violence regarding the bird in the middle of the story? Is this something she would conjure up? Is she feeling like a caged bird and wishing to be rescued? This part disrupts the flow of the story for me. I do like how the bird leads her to the pink door where a new friend awaits.

After finishing this book, I felt like there wasn't enough there to carry a story. I wanted more. Yes, she is bored. Yes, she creates a fantasy world for herself. But mostly she simply flies through the air and looks around. In the end, I simply didn't get it.

This book is advertized for ages 4-8. I cannot see a 4-5 year old understanding the story. It is simply too mature for this age range.

Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Luminous illustrations chart an ordinary child’s adventure through an extraordinary world.

Jun 03, 2014

I don't think there are guns pictured. These bad guys are spear-wielding. What resembles a gun in the bird-capture scenes is the head bad guy pointing a gloved finger while giving orders. If he were pointing a gun, he'd either be aiming at his own underlings or at the bird he's trying to catch. Neither makes sense from a narrative standpoint.

May 01, 2014

I read great reviews of this wordless book and was surprised, after reading it, that none mentioned that the bad guy characters are drawn pointing guns at other characters. My 3-year-old finds it too scary.

Mar 09, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Life in the city is dull for one little girl. She tries to engage her family with her bright red toys, but they are too busy, trapped in their brown world of normalcy. Suddenly, a red crayon is thrown into her room. From there, the girl opens a door unto a magical journey where she travels to forests, castles, the sky, and more.

With the help of the little red crayon, and a little imagination, the girl draws the transportation she needs to reach each destination. One after the other, she sees amazing things, and even faces some danger, but she always travels on. For her, the journey was never supposed to be the goal, but it does lead her to something she dearly wished for....a friend.

Every image is drawn and painted with a loving care for details. No destination is alike the others; the castle is the most intricate, while the desert has a beautiful array of yellows, oranges, and purples. Backgrounds too have received attention, they are never a solid colour, and even have a slightly textured feel to them.

Words are unneeded for a such a rich atmosphere. Each page has clear direction, and the story unfolds with ease. Images are all that is needed to capture the magic of these fantastical worlds, and the emotions of this adventurous young girl.

Jan 01, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Becker’s debut isn’t afraid to go epic on his first turn around the block. Packed with details, the book rewards readings and rereadings. It’s a true original, though it certainly harkens back to classic picture books of yore. 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. Take your own today.

Dec 23, 2013
  • JCLTriciaS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is all about imagination, the more you have the better the story. If you like Shaun Tan, this is along the same lines.

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Oct 13, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

Jul 09, 2014

sallysbooks thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 3

May 01, 2014

caw thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

Jan 01, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 2 years and over


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Jan 01, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A girl is bored. Bored bored bored bored bored. With her mom cooking and yakking on the phone, her dad glued to his computer and her older sister consumed by some kind of electronic handheld device, there’s no one to play with. But when the girl’s cat reveals itself to have been sitting on a bright red writing implement (is it a marker, a crayon, or chalk?), she knows immediately what to do. A door is drawn on the wall of her room and passing through it instantly yields a glorious lantern lit world, replete with tall green trees and a meandering stream. When the girl draws a boat with which to explore the stream she is drawn into a massive water-driven city full of friendly residents, canals, and locks. An accidental slip over the side causes her to draw a hot air balloon and all is well until she spots a beautiful purple bird. Pursued by a relentless villain, the creature is caught and caged. Our heroine attempts a daring rescue but is caught herself in the attempt. Fortunately, things turn out well in the end and she finds that maybe in her humdrum drab little world at home there’s someone else there willing to share an adventure or two.


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