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Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker Title: Journey
Author: Aaron Becker
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0763660536
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Books
Pages: 40
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

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A picture says a thousand words and this proverb couldn’t be truer for “Journey” by Aaron Becker. “Journey” is an experience which you will not forget that easily or that soon. It is almost like a dedication to all picture books, according to me. It is creative. It is fantastical. It is also quite interesting with images appearing out of nowhere in the second and third reading of the book, which you thought were never there. I guess that is also one of the things that picture books to do you. They make you see clearly and just for that you should read more of them.

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“Journey” is all about a girl. A girl, who is bored, more bored and bored than ever. Her parents do not seem to have time for her. She decides to go on and find worlds which are just an arm’s length away. She draws a door and that is the beginning of the journey for her. The hidden door is the key to everything and from thereon she discovers worlds silently – because that’s what this is – a wordless picture book. She meets people. She sees new things. Her fantasy has just come alive and she is no longer bored, more bored and bored than ever. She comes across a hot-air balloon, a weird bird, a relentless villain and someone else who will be willing to share an adventure with her, which is the plot of the second book in the series called “Quest”.

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If I am not mistaken this is the first part of a trilogy and I am now even more excited to read the second and third parts. The illustrations are magnificent and truly belong to another realm. Mr. Becker is not afraid of coming up with the unbelievable and indulging himself a little bit more. It is a great reader for young readers who have not started reading yet but they can for sure imagine. I love books such as these that allow everyone to imagine and live a little more.

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The book is stunning. It is packed with so many details that you will be gob smacked by the end of it. There are new worlds and newer ones to come in the other two. Becker does not hesitate and for a debut “Journey” is quite remarkable. It is a book that you should not even think twice before buying. A real treasure of a picture book.

You can know more about Aaron Becker by going to his site here: http://www.storybreathing.com/

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Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond

Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond Title: Mouse Bird Snake Wolf
Author: David Almond
Illustrated by: Dave McKean
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0763659127
Genre: Children”s Fiction
Pages: 74
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

There are times you read a book and cannot stop but think about what the author tried to communicate and how. “Mouse Bird Snake Wolf” by David Almond is all about creation and what happens when the Gods get lazy and do not wish to create anymore. Sounds fun, isn’t it? When humans are left to create? But what if children start doing that? Then what are the consequences? These are the questions raised quite well by Almond, through a wonderful story and even more arresting illustrations by Dave McKean.

You will be able to read the book in one whole gulp. There is no other way to read this book. Harry, Sue and Ben find their world empty. Of course they would! The Gods did not finish creating it. They did create a lot and then went about their business of merriment. And then the kids wanted to fill the empty spaces so they create something with twigs, grass and earth, and things begin to go out of control.

David Almond and Dave McKean are a killer team with this book. The illustrations are menacing and also wondrous when it comes to the Gods and their lives up above. This book is for both, children and adults according to me. It is about a world gone wrong and then made right. It is about what happens when control is taken over and how things change. A read for some introspection, for some fun and also just because you have to read a David Almond book.

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