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Return is the third and final installment of the Journey trilogy of wordless picture books written and illustrated by Caldecott honoree Aaron Becker. As with all wordless picture books, the burden is on the artwork to tell the tale. And it should come as no surprise that Becker’s wondrous illustrations are more than up to the task.

We follow once again an adventurous girl and her magical red crayon. This time, her father follows her through the magic portal she draws. And this time, their foes brandish a device that negates the magic crayon’s ability to create. Dad and daughter can only flee. Is the solution to their dilemma contained within mysterious petroglyphs they discover?

Audiences can enjoy Journey without having read its predecessor books. The magnificent artwork is extremely effective at building an alternate world, immersing readers into that world, and conveying a story without using a single word. (Perhaps the trilogy is itself an homage to petroglyphs.) Unconstrained by vocabulary level, Return is a marvelous read for kids of any age, while the artwork makes it coffee table-worthy for adults as well.

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Author Aaron Becker
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher Candlewick
Publish Date 02-Aug-2016
ISBN 9780763677305 Buy this Book
Issue September 2016
Category Children's


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