Friday, May 2, 2014

Bedtime Story: Journey by Aaron Becker

Synopsis: "Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

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."

My Review: This was like an updated and more intricate version of Harold and the Purple Crayon (in fact I had to pull out my copy and re-read it). I loved the illustrations and how her red marker stood out. I also enjoyed how there were no words so you could create your own story and make it unique each time. I found the ending to be a surprise and a good one at that, a hope for everyone who may feel alone.
My Rating: I enjoyed this one and I think Munchkin will eventually love making up his own story to go with the pictures.  I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

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