Author: Aaron Becker
Illustrator: Aaron Becker
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Genre/Format: Fantasy/ Wordless Picture Book
GoodReads Summary: Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. This time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home, as a gripping backstory is revealed that will hold readers in its thrall. Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker delivers a suspenseful and moving climax to his wordless trilogy, an epic that began with the award-winning Journey and continued with the celebrated follow-up Quest.
What I Think: Return is the third book in the trilogy of lovely wordless picture books from Aaron Becker. In my review of Journey, I shared my love of wordless picture books and talked about the strong emotions elicited from the beautiful illustrations. Return also brings forth strong emotions and is a wonderful story that finishes off the trilogy. I mostly love wordless picture books as a way to share a story without having to be able to know how to read the words or speak a certain language to read the words. Anyone can enjoy it. As such, wordless picture books like Journey are awesome opportunities to create your own version of the story that matches the illustrations. Even though we're looking at the same drawings, we might interpret the story differently or put different words to the illustrations. It's a wonderful opportunity to get any writer started.
Also as a mentor text, I love wordless picture books as starters for thinking about those emotions. I can't think of one wordless picture book that didn't tug at my heartstrings. They make you think, they make you feel...and from there we usually have something to write about. Love. It.
Writing Prompt: Write about at time in your life when you needed someone's help. How did you get their attention? How did it feel when you got the help you needed?
And if you haven't read Journey or Quest, I highly recommend them! Be sure to enter the giveaway of Journey and Quest below!
Thanks to Candlewick Press for sending me this title to review
and providing a prize pack for one winner from my site!