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Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763660536
Characteristics: 40 unnumbered pages :,color illustrations ;,25 x 28 cm


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Apr 03, 2019

What a beautiful imaginative book. This picture book without text makes the story whatever you imagine it to be! I enjoyed reading it more than once to see what I missed the first time.

Nov 03, 2016

My 2.5 and 5 year olds totally adore this book. I love it too. It has so much in it, even back pages carry a story. The more we "read" it, the more details we see, the more interesting the story becomes. Wonderful book!

Sep 18, 2016

10 stars out of 5 for this creative, imaginative, wordless book about an imaginary journey and friendship.

Aug 27, 2016

There are no words in this book, but the beautiful illustrations tell the story. You don't have to read too much into it, just show your child the pictures and explain what's going on - their imaginations will be able to fill in the rest!

Where will go in your little red canoe guided by a magic lantern? Everywhere magical and enchanted. Beautifully written and illustrated by Aaron Becker.

Jul 07, 2015

You've probably heard about Journey already, because it's almost impossibly awesome, and tons of people who have read it have flipped out over it and told everyone they knew, especially on their blogs. But if you have not read it yet, you need to fix that. It's a wordless adventure book that begins when a bored little girl uses a red piece of chalk to draw a doorway out of her room into a magical kingdom. An homage to Harold and the Purple Crayon, sure, but also its own thing. You can clearly see the influence of Becker's travels to Japan, East Africa, and Europe. Gorgeous!

CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

Becker pushes boundaries of what type of story can be told in a picture book. He gives us so much to look at, making the book a prime candidate for re-reading.

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GSPLAvery Mar 07, 2015

This is an absolutely astounding picture book, with a phenomenal story. It makes an excellent platform for young readers to tell their own interpretations, and gives us a chance to stretch our imaginations! I definitely recommend it!

Nov 27, 2014

This book is a gem, a story where the reader gets to make the story up as they go from page to page!

Oct 13, 2014

First of all, there is no denying the illustrations in this book are at times extraordinarily detailed. The story begins in sepia when she is bored and turns to full color when she uses her red marker to create a door into a fantasy world. There is a fantasy like quality throughout the book so you always believe you are in a make believe world.

Once the girl enters this new world, she uses her marker to create different ways of traveling through it. What I don't understand is, if this is the girl's fantasy, why the violence regarding the bird in the middle of the story? Is this something she would conjure up? Is she feeling like a caged bird and wishing to be rescued? This part disrupts the flow of the story for me. I do like how the bird leads her to the pink door where a new friend awaits.

After finishing this book, I felt like there wasn't enough there to carry a story. I wanted more. Yes, she is bored. Yes, she creates a fantasy world for herself. But mostly she simply flies through the air and looks around. In the end, I simply didn't get it.

This book is advertized for ages 4-8. I cannot see a 4-5 year old understanding the story. It is simply too mature for this age range.

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Sep 18, 2016

staciefuentes thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 13

Apr 17, 2015

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A girl is bored. Bored bored bored bored bored. With her mom cooking and yakking on the phone, her dad glued to his computer and her older sister consumed by some kind of electronic handheld device, there’s no one to play with. But when the girl’s cat reveals itself to have been sitting on a bright red writing implement (is it a marker, a crayon, or chalk?), she knows immediately what to do. A door is drawn on the wall of her room and passing through it instantly yields a glorious lantern lit world, replete with tall green trees and a meandering stream. When the girl draws a boat with which to explore the stream she is drawn into a massive water-driven city full of friendly residents, canals, and locks. An accidental slip over the side causes her to draw a hot air balloon and all is well until she spots a beautiful purple bird. Pursued by a relentless villain, the creature is caught and caged. Our heroine attempts a daring rescue but is caught herself in the attempt. Fortunately, things turn out well in the end and she finds that maybe in her humdrum drab little world at home there’s someone else there willing to share an adventure or two.


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