Fiction Books Quest (14) #2

Quest (14) #2

Quest (14) #2
Item No. 1216
ISBN-13 978-0-7636-6595-1
Format Hardcover
Subject Fiction Picture Books Wordless Adventure Imagination Architecture Fantasy
# of Pages 40
Size 10 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Author Becker, Aaron
Reading Interest PreK,K,1,2,3
Series Journey Trilogy: Wordless
Publisher Penguin Random House LLC
Date Published 2014


A wordless picture book with an enormous following. ... -New York Times Book Review. "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). "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." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)… "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."-Booklist (starred review). "Becker creates a visual narrative that is clear enough for children to decipher but complex enough to reward multiple readings. Much of the interest comes from his ability to successfully blend architectural styles from a variety of cultures and time periods, the type of exotic settings that children associate with potential danger and requisite cleverness and courage. He clearly understands (and perhaps wants to suggest) that loneliness, boredom, or rainy days can trigger rich, imaginative play. Creative problem solving is at the heart of this genial book." -School Library Journal (starred review). "Becker's illustrations are satisfyingly lush and full of subtle clues that will reward multiple readings. ..."-The Horn Book. "The intricate scenery provides a highly satisfactory imagined playground. The watercolors have a slightly smoky haze that adds to the epic quality of the landscape, while the inclusion of the map (a cleverly constituted color-coded infographic) allows kids to puzzle out the quest and match map components to the kids' stops." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. "Thrillingly vertiginous... An exhilarating sequel to last year's "Journey" that has every bit as much visual enchantment. ... [A]ll rendered in gorgeous, confident illustrations that feel at once familiar and yet totally new." -The Wall Street Journal. "Triumphant... Fans will eagerly anticipate the final installment of this engrossing wordless journey." -Shelf Awareness (starred review). "..Opening the door onto a fantastically-imagined (and meticulously-rendered) world. Now he's back with "Quest" (the second installment in a planned trilogy), giving readers exactly what they wanted: the chance to dive back in and continue the journey." -Huffington Post. "I am almost loath to tell anyone about this magic book. If too many people notice it, Hollywood is bound to come knocking and turn this transporting, elegant story - a wordless picture book that's "Harold and the Purple Crayon" raised to the power of "The Lord of the Rings" - into something airless, bombastic and murderously trite. But to read this book once is to want to personally distribute one to every bored kid you've ever seen." -NPR, Best Books of 2014. "The wordless picture book and its watercolor illustrations are a delight and a testament to the power of imagination."-Columbus Dispatch. "Readers will experience the power of wonder and the value of companionship through this picture book."-Reading Today Online. 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.