It’s Not About The Destination (Journey Trio)
Ages 5 and up
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.
A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book
I loved this book as it promotes imagination and independence. We especially loved that the main character was a girl who can create the world she wants all by herself. I think this is a great book for older girls to build confidence in themselves that their imagination can take them anywhere. My daughter, Clare, loved it because she got to make the story! -Karen, mother to three (ages 7, 5 and 2.5), Lemoore, CA
Aaron Becker presents the next chapter in his stunning wordless fantasy.
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. Journey lovers will be thrilled to follow its characters on a new adventure threaded with familiar elements, while new fans will be swept into a visually captivating story that is even richer and more exhilarating than the first.
I LOVE this book because it's adventurous and you don't have to be able to read to tell the story! It can be different each time you tell it, and the whole family can take turns with each page. -Connor (age 8)
Welcome the much-anticipated finale of Caldecott Honoree Aaron Becker’s wordless trilogy—a spectacular, emotionally satisfying story that brings its adventurer home.
Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. This time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home, as a gripping backstory is revealed that will hold readers in its thrall. Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker delivers a suspenseful and moving climax to his wordless trilogy, an epic that began with the award-winning Journey and continued with the celebrated follow-up Quest.
This book, although part of a trilogy, absolutely stands on its own. Since these don't have words, it really leaves the story up to the kiddo reading it to interpret, which is SO COOL for fostering kids imaginations. I loved how the story starts with Dad too busy with work to play with his daughter. He follows her into her world that she has created and they have the grandest adventure. What a great lesson for all of us as parents! My daughter LOVED how the little girl's Daddy came into her world and lived the adventure with her and started planning her own adventure with her Daddy. Great Book and great trilogy. Gorgeous illustrations.