I always find picture books without text intriguing, and Aaron Becker’s Journey and Quest are no exceptions. In each of them, a young girl and, eventually, the boy she befriends travel to distant lands using magical markers. The brightly colored objects they draw stand out amidst muted images of castles, flying machines, hostile soldiers, and flora. Their imagination enables them to draw objects that help them overcome obstacles and escape capture. Becker’s detailed illustrations provide much to discover and the potential to create a new story at each reading.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is now a full-time wife and mother living in Ridgewood, NJ.