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.
Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:
4 new children’s books to stir the holiday spirit – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram http://buff.ly/1tDSGoZ
Best Picture Books of 2014| Minh Le | http://buff.ly/1FTAbFX
David Almond: each story comes with its own kind of fizz, gurgle and energy | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1tDQBcL
Jen Robinson’s Book Page: This Holiday Season, 70% of Kids Wants Books That Make Them Laugh, Says Scholastic http://buff.ly/1CGryjP
Terrible Trivium – I See a Book and Get Angry and Write a Thing http://buff.ly/1zVAdZK
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What can children learn from crime classics like Peter Rabbit? | Children’s books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1yaXycZ
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New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Loan Program | LJ INFOdocket http://buff.ly/1yd74Mw
Night Light at the Bubbler @ Madison Public Library | Library as Incubator Project http://buff.ly/1vGk4IC
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction – Mic http://buff.ly/1yuRd9W
Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2014 | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/1yV4aeg
Exploring conflict through teen and YA books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/12zS6mZ
John Corey Whaley’s top 10 coming of age stories | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1pXJIHS
Stacked: Mental Illness in YA As a Minefield—Explore at Will: Guest Post by Rachel M. Wilson – http://buff.ly/1tJdvzr