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In the Caldecott Honor-winning Journey, much of Becker's energy was devoted to the story's exquisite backdrops. Now, in the second wordless book of his planned trilogy, the focus is on his characters. On a rainy day in a city park, the girl who starred in Journey and the boy introduced at the end take refuge by a doorway under a bridge. To their surprise, a king emerges from the door just long enough to pass the two a map before soldiers apprehend him. Returning to the magical Pallonezia, they find the walled city in flames, under siege. Becker includes wonderfully evocative set pieces - a submerged city, a Mayan temple - as the pair follows the map to collect chalk markers in all the colors of the rainbow to free the king and save the city.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780763665951
Characteristics: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
Alternative Title: Quest : the journey continues
Call Number: E BECKER, A


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Quest is an epic adventure in a vast and evocative land.

Nov 03, 2014

I liked Quest a little bit better than the first book, Journey, which did not have a well defined plot. In this book, the two children, now friends must stop their play due to the rain. While waiting under a bridge, an old man comes out of a door in the bridge, hands them a map and gives them a quest. They must follow the map to find all of the different colored magic markers. They use their own markers to create items to help them in their quest. In the end, all the markers together create a rainbow that defeats the bad guys.

Once again, Beckers illustrations are finely detailed, but they are not as finished.

The subject matter is again more mature for a picture book--burning buildings and soldiers falling out of aircraft and boats. I would recommend this for ages 6-7 and up.

forbesrachel Oct 01, 2014

Stunning! Once again a fantastical world is opened up to us as The Journey continues in The Quest. Starting off from where the first book left us, we see the little girl with the magical red crayon and her friend, the little boy with the purple crayon, witnessing the kidnapping of a king. They spring into action, following a map that leads them through castles, underwater ruins, jungles and more. Once again the artist takes our breaths away with the breadth of places he portrays. Each one explored is filled with an incredible amount of creativity, detail, and colour. Without words to express the story it is solely up to the illustrations, and they do it perfectly. The various hues in particular serve the important function of creating atmosphere; purple lighting in the underwater ruins gives a sense of wonder, while the gradually mounting greys create an ominous tone as the children's pursuers get closer. A dash of colour ruins their schemes though, when a rainbow sweeps away the gloom. By using their magic crayons and imaginations, the young girl and boy once again have their happy ending.

mvkramer Oct 01, 2014

Beautiful illustrations tell the story in this book - a continuation of "Journey" by the same author. This is a great title to give to imaginative kids - because it's all about the power of imagination and creativity. I love these books, and I'm excited for the third in the series!

ChristchurchKids Sep 23, 2014

In this epic, action-packed follow-up to the Caldecott Honor-winning Journey, two friends are given an urgent mission: to rescue a fantastical realm from invaders by collecting a rainbow of magic crayons. Armed with their own red and purple crayons, the girl and the boy go searching through underwater cities, ruined temples, and soaring mountains, cleverly drawing themselves out of danger at every turn. Told entirely through pictures, Quest proves that quick wits and "a boundless love of fun are worth all the words in the world" (Booklist). Readers looking for further wordless adventures with dreamy, intricate illustrations will enjoy the works of David Wiesner and Bill Thomson.

Picture books newsletter September 2014


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