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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