“A few weeks ago I received the honor of a lifetime: to illustrate the cover of the Children’s issue of the New York Times Book Review! I was given free reign and enjoyed every minute of it. For those of you who missed it in the issue this past weekend, fear not! The artwork is available now as a limited edition gicleé print. Get yours before they run out!” Aaron Becker, author/illustrator of Journey (Candlewick, 2013)
My favorite picture book of the year is Journey by Aaron Becker, a wordless story about a girl who draws her way into a magical world. If you loved Harold and the Purple Crayon when you were younger, you owe it to yourself to experience the beauty of this story, Harold's older-cousin-of-sorts. The ALA announced yesterday that Journey, published by Candlewick Press, received the Caldecott Honor. You’ll be mesmerized by Aaron Becker’s dazzling artwork and enchanting story.
He said that he saw it in Barnes & Noble and immediately thought of me; “that little girl is you” he told me as he watched me flip through it for the first time.
It’s a picture book about a lonely girl who picks up a magic red crayon one day and draws herself a door to a world where she goes on adventures and eventually finds a boy with a magic purple crayon to go on adventures with. I am by no means doing it justice by trying to explain it.
It is ridiculous how gorgeous this book is. I cried – partly from the sentiment behind the gift, partly from the fact that this book is just perfect and touched my heart in a special way.
Seriously. Find this book. It is perfect and beautiful and touched my heart and thank you so much for the present, Terrence.
We bought this flying dragon boat for our daughter’s room before she was even born. As excited parents-to-be it was a bit of a splurge, found in a Brooklyn boutiquey children’s shop. Recently, she didn’t want it hanging up anymore, so we got to take it into our own bedroom. One of the best things about having a kid is you get to buy stuff that you really want but would otherwise not!