Wordless Wednesday: Journey by Aaron Becker

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Illustrated by Aaron Becker
Published August 6, 2013 by Candlewick Press
40 pages, 7+
Genre/Subject: Wordless, Imagination, Travel
Awards: Caldecott Honor Book 2014
Journey tells the story of what can happen with a red marker and an imagination. A girl desires an adventure when she asks each family member to fly a kite, play ball, and ride a scooter. Everyone says no, so she’s bored again in her room until she notices the red marker. She draws a red door and heads out on a journey. Her red marker creates a boat, balloon, and even a flying carpet through her journey. Hopefully, her red marker helps bring her journey home.
I thought Journey was a delightful and colorful wordless book. There are small details you notice the second time reading. Journey can be enjoyed by all ages, but older ages can take full advantage of asking what will happen next on her journey. Children can write about what they would do if given a magic marker to take them anywhere. Journey is a fun book that will have your imagination to new places.


8 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Journey by Aaron Becker

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    June 26, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I really want to read this! 😀

      Caroline responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      It’s a very fun book!

    Muttering Retreat said:
    June 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I love when books work on multiple levels for different age groups.

      Caroline responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      The book’s illustrations are beautiful and let your imagination soar for all ages. Thanks for your comment.

    holdencaulfieldcampion said:
    July 8, 2014 at 2:59 am

    It’s an axceptional book with breathtaking beauty. I showed my group of 111 yr olds the making of the book on Aaron Beckers website, they appreciated it much more afterwards. I’m looking forward to his new book ‘Quest’ in August

      Caroline responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 8:11 am

      I’ll have to look at the website. I didn’t even know he had a new book coming out soon. Thanks for stopping by.

        holdencaulfieldcampion said:
        July 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

        Yes, it’s part of a trilogy. Love this ‘Wordless Wednesday’ idea you have here. Check out ‘Unspoken’ by Henry Cole if you haven’t already. Breathtaking picture book, set during American Civil War with no words

          Caroline responded:
          July 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

          Thanks, I thought it would be a fun idea. Many people assume wordless books are just for little kids, but I’m surprised how detailed some of them are. Thanks for the recommendation!

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