Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Journey," by Aaron Becker

 Starboy just received the most wonderful book from our neighbors. It's "Journey," by Aaron Becker. Our neighbor went to school with him and has been eagerly awaiting the release of his book. The cover is inviting, and the hardcover under the dust jacket is beautifully embossed with a symbol of journey from the book.

 Part "Where the Wild Things Are," part "Calvin and Hobbes," and part "Harold and the Purple Crayon," this wonderful story is told through stunning illustrations and one's own imagination. I think even the youngest children can relate to the disappointment that starts the story, and the wonder the girl creates to escape it.

 Becker offers lush worlds for his character to explore that are both intimate and infinite.

He draws details that are fantastic and meticulous—while also vague enough to stimulate your own dreaming.

The story is filled with courage and drama, but ultimately is about connection.

I don't want to give away too much here, but this book is worth an impulse buy right now, and will be a great holiday gift if you're someone who thinks ahead. Starboy made me read it to him twice, immediately, which is the same as saying "Two thumbs up!" for a nearly-four-year-old.

There's a wonderful trailer on Becker's (amazing) website. The NYT Book Review is calling it a "masterpiece," and it's receiving starred reviews from pretty much anyone who sees it.  I completely agree.

What a wonderful surprise!


  1. Thanks so much for this fantastic write-up! Eileen sent me your blog this morning - what a treat. And I'm especially glad to hear that your child loves the book. It's something I made for myself and it's so rewarding to hear that children are responding to the story. If you are so moved - it'd be fantastic if you could write a little ditty on the book's amazon page. It seems silly, but it really does help the book get out there. Thanks for all of your enthusiasm! OH! And if you get a chance to drop by Diesel Books be sure to give them a shout-out! A fantastic indie in SoCal..

    1. Aaron! I am such a fan! Thank you for keeping true to ART and IMAGINATION! Your book is magical, and I look forward to more! I'll post a love letter on Amazon.

    2. My Amazon love letter, a version of the above, is here:

    3. This reminded me of a show from years ago called ChalkZone!

    4. Jessica, he's just released a followup! http://www.storybreathing.com

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