Friday, March 28, 2014

Journey, Aaron Becker



Aaron Becker 

Category: Children’s Picture Book

Synopsis: A wordless book about a lonely girl opening up new worlds with her imagination.

Rating: * (3-star scale)

Award: 2014 Caldecott Honor

I’ve been known to appreciate a wordless picture book here and there, and this one may work well for the intended audience*, but I just didn’t like this book. For me, the artwork was just too foreboding to be enjoyable.

Maybe the book is just too much fantasy and not enough reality for me. I like imaginative stories up to the point of fantasy, but then my interest flags. So, maybe it’s a me thing. (As a child, I was very imaginative, but I was always imaginative with things that could only happen in reality. I’m still that way. It’s why I seldom enjoy fiction.)

On a side note, I have a nephew named Aaron Becker, so there is that!

*Amazon says ages 4-8, but I don’t know if anyone younger than six would be able to create the narrative thread to make this make sense. I could be wrong.

Would you recommend this to a friend?
The right kind of kid would enjoy this one all day long, I think.

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