This is my first preview of children’s fiction. I believe there is something extra-special about stories for children. No matter what your age, experiencing a book for kids (and their adults) takes you on a magical adventure in time back to your own childhood. And let’s face it, they are entertaining on so many levels.
So here goes. Journey (2013) by author-illustrator Aaron Becker, is an elaborately crafted picture book with no words. It takes the reader from the monochromatic world of a little girl who is overlooked by her digitally distracted family into a new world of color and magic by way of her red crayon. She draws a door to escape, and uses her crayon to create other necessary items as she travels into, through, and back again from her make-believe land of marvels and danger.
Opportunities abound for shared narration of this story by anyone who opens its cover. Sounds like a real family treat.