Return

By: Aaron Becker

In this wordless book a lonely girl, failing to get the attention of her busy father, turns back to a fantastic world. A spectacular, emotionally satisfying story that brings its adventurer home. Full-color illustrations were done in watercolor and pen and ink.

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ISBN: 9780763677305

JLG Release: Oct 2016


Series: Journey
Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Drawing , Imagination , Fantastical worlds , Adventures , Fathers and daughters , Friendship , Kings , Stories without words

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Awards & Honors

The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
In this satisfying conclusion to the magnificent picture book trilogy, the young heroine once again tries to get her aloof illustrator father’s attention and, failing, departs from her mundane sepia-colored world to a fantastical realm via a door she draws with her magic red crayon. This time, her father follows in
[STARRED REVIEW]
In this satisfying conclusion to the magnificent picture book trilogy, the young heroine once again tries to get her aloof illustrator father’s attention and, failing, departs from her mundane sepia-colored world to a fantastical realm via a door she draws with her magic red crayon. This time, her father follows in her footsteps and catches up to her and her friends in the majestic and mysterious city. When crayon-thieving soldiers attack, epic escapades ensue as the duo and their friends flee, then discover a clever solution to defeating their foes that results in father and daughter finally bonding in a touching finale. Like its predecessors, this wordless tale brims with excitement and adventure. Becker’s stunning watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations depict a breathtaking world that captivates without a written narrative—and one that readers will want to come back to again and again. VERDICT Though this title relies somewhat on the audience’s knowledge of the previous books, it is an absolute must for any collection and will draw new fans just as it will delight those who enjoyed the previous two installments.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY

Horn Book

This third, wordless installment (Journey, rev. 9/13; Quest, rev. 9/14) brings the story full circle, beginning and ending in the same city brownstone shown in the first book. While Return can be enjoyed on its own, fans will find rewarding similarities to, and subtle differences from, the other books. As before, a lonely girl This third, wordless installment (Journey, rev. 9/13; Quest, rev. 9/14) brings the story full circle, beginning and ending in the same city brownstone shown in the first book. While Return can be enjoyed on its own, fans will find rewarding similarities to, and subtle differences from, the other books. As before, a lonely girl draws a door with a red crayon leading her to a steampunk-meets-fantasy kingdom. This time, though, the girl’s previously preoccupied father gets up from his drafting table and follows her into the fantasy world to share in the adventure. The boy with a purple crayon and the kind king are back, as are the evil baddie and his soldiers. The latter are in pursuit of the purple bird from the earlier books—which the girl and her father mightily protect. Becker is at his best creating lush, mysterious landscapes that can be enjoyed for their own sake. Quest’s complicated plot elements forced readers to solve puzzles rather than enjoy the journey itself; Return’s plot is, happily, simpler, but observant readers will still find plenty of questions to ponder. What is the father’s role in this adventure? Why does his home office now contain only books and pictures that relate to the Journey world? What is the significance of the real-world endpapers in Return when compared to the fantastical endpapers in Journey? Do they indicate that the girl has outgrown imaginative play? Even if her character has grown up, readers can return to this world again and again. lolly robinson

Book Details

ISBN

9780763677305

First Release

October 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10 5/8" x 9 7/16"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Drawing, Imagination, Fantastical worlds, Adventures, Fathers and daughters, Friendship, Kings, Stories without words,

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