Journey: a wonderful world

There seems to be a trend here: beautiful, imaginative books with strong storylines and no words! Another example of this is Flotsam. These books are great to look at, the pictures worth spending time to explore but the stories are far from trivial; don’t mistake the absence of words for a pre-school target age.



Aaron Becker

Walker 2013

This book is beautiful, every page a delight. While we could tell the story as we turn the pages I think the maximum enjoyment will come if we can get the listener to tell us about what’s on the page.

Who is this? (The main character might be a boy or a girl, I’ll assume the latter.)

What does she want to do?

Who is in the house?  What is Dad doing? What is Mum doing? 

How does the girl feel now? [The illustrations capture the disappointment and boredom so well!]

What’s that on the floor?

Is it usually a good idea to draw on the wall with a red pen?

What’s happened to the wall? Where does that door go?

How can she travel on the stream? 

The boat journey and the rest of the story unfold, there’s drama and resolution. A perfect tale that I don’t think could be as magical in any other medium.




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