Review: Quest by Aaron Becker

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Quest by Aaron Becker

This follow-up to the Caldecott Honor winning Journey continues the wordless travels of the two characters from the first book.  The two children head off on a fantasy quest this time after a king comes through a door and hands them a map.  He is dragged off by soldiers but as he goes, he drops his orange crayon, one that is just like their red and purple ones.  The two children go through the door and find themselves in a new world.  They embark on a quest to bring all of the crayons together, venturing into the depths of the sea, onto desert islands, to pyramids and temples.  At each one they gather another crayon color until they reach the pinnacle of the temple where the bad guys almost get them…

Becker has created a wordless book that has the same appeal as the first book.  The pace here is rapid, giving only a few images for each color that is gathered.  That offers the wild pace of an adventure novel or film, so it suits the subject.  The fast ride adds greatly to the appeal here, never bogging down and always revealing new visual wonders to explore. 

Becker’s art shines on the page.  He creates entire worlds that have real depth to them, that take readers on amazing adventures.  There are great details of color on the page, and I love the way that the various creative ideas of the children all remain in place at the end of the book, completely come to life. 

A celebration of art and creativity, this book along with its predecessor will become beloved reads.  Appropriate for ages 3-6.

Reviewed from library copy.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS

4 new children’s books to stir the holiday spirit – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram http://buff.ly/1tDSGoZ #kidlit

Best Picture Books of 2014| Minh Le | http://buff.ly/1FTAbFX #kidlit

David Almond: each story comes with its own kind of fizz, gurgle and energy | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1tDQBcL #kidlit #authors

Jen Robinson’s Book Page: This Holiday Season, 70% of Kids Wants Books That Make Them Laugh, Says Scholastic http://buff.ly/1CGryjP #kidlit

Terrible Trivium – I See a Book and Get Angry and Write a Thing http://buff.ly/1zVAdZK #kidlit

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide — @100scopenotes http://buff.ly/1yJnomW #kidlit

What can children learn from crime classics like Peter Rabbit? | Children’s books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1yaXycZ #kidlit

EBOOKS

Nature makes all articles free to view : Nature News & Comment http://buff.ly/1CCKmR4 #free #econtent

LIBRARIES

I am Ferguson Public Library Director in Ferguson, MO. AMA! : IAmA http://buff.ly/1yaF9wS #libraries

New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Loan Program | LJ INFOdocket http://buff.ly/1yd74Mw #libraries

Night Light at the Bubbler @ Madison Public Library | Library as Incubator Project http://buff.ly/1vGk4IC #libraries

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READING

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction – Mic http://buff.ly/1yuRd9W #reading

TEEN READS

Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2014 | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/1yV4aeg #yalit

Exploring conflict through teen and YA books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/12zS6mZ #yalit

John Corey Whaley’s top 10 coming of age stories | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1pXJIHS #yalit

Stacked: Mental Illness in YA As a Minefield—Explore at Will: Guest Post by Rachel M. Wilson – http://buff.ly/1tJdvzr #yalit