Journey is the most magical book that I’ve seen all year. You may remember a boy named Harold, who had a purple crayon (Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson). What you may not have realized is that Harold’s crayon was just the tip of the iceberg. Aaron Becker takes the magic of creating new worlds with a bright crayon to a whole new level. The book has no words and needs none, the narrative is beautifully portrayed in detailed illustrations which invite the kind of reading that comes so easily to children–close observation.
When a boy creates a beautiful purple bird with his crayon, he is devastated to see his new friend fly far away. Just down the street, a bored girl sits on her front steps without noticing his plight. She goes inside and tries to find a family member who will play with her. When her family refuses to play, the girl retreats to her bedroom where she finds a red crayon. Immediately the girl draws a red door on her wall and walks into a beautiful forest. The adventure has begun! Read this beautiful book to find out where her crayon will take her and if the bird will ever return. Then, be sure to reread it, and you will find hints and details you may have missed on your first reading.
Reviewed by Grace