Quest

by Aaron Becker
Illustrator Aaron Becker

Candlewick Press | August 26, 2014 | Picture Books

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Aaron Becker, creator of Journey, a Caldecott Honor book, 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.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 pages, 11 × 9.75 × 0.38 in

Published: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763665959

ISBN - 13: 9780763665951

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Quest

by Aaron Becker
Illustrator Aaron Becker

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 pages, 11 × 9.75 × 0.38 in

Published: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763665959

ISBN - 13: 9780763665951

From the Publisher

Aaron Becker, creator of Journey, a Caldecott Honor book, 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.

About the Author

Aaron Becker has made several memorable journeys in his lifetime. He's lived in rural Japan and East Africa, backpacked through the South Pacific and Sweden, and most recently, ventured from the San Francisco Bay area to Amherst, Massachusetts, a town he now calls home with his wife, daughter, and lazy cat. To this day, his favorite destination remains his imagination, where you can often find him drawing secret doorways and magic lanterns.

Editorial Reviews

On the coattails of Journey Becker gleefully expands and details his award-winning fantasyland, growing even more ambitious with his storytelling. ... Part Indiana Jones, part Avatar: The Last Airbender, this book proves to be more exciting than its Caldecott Honor predecessor, emphasizing adventure over evocative metaphor. Breathtaking in scope, consider this a wordless testament to the power of not just imagination, but art itself; picture books rarely feel this epic. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Becker includes wonderfully evocative set pieces—a submerged city, a Mayan temple—as the pair follows the map to collect chalk markers in all the colors of the rainbow to free the king and save the city. As before, hearts will beat faster during cliff-hanging moments in which the children must draw their way out of danger. ... [T]he strong visual narrative and inventive action sequences offer even more to savor. It’s another step forward in an already noteworthy career. —Publishers Weekly (starred review) Becker continues the loving and gorgeous homage to imagination he began in Journey with this direct sequel. ... In addition to the winning adventure of the silent story, Becker manages to evolve his imagery with more sophisticated designs and ideas that draw readers into the narrative ever more deeply, proving once again that lush details, a meticulous sense of motion and action, and a boundless love of fun are worth all the words in the world. &#
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