HAPPY SATURDAY, GUYS!
(Or should I be calling this pre-Cursed Child eve?)
Today, we're reviewing the gorgeous Return, the final book in Aaron Becker's beautiful wordless picture book trilogy.
I thought this was a beautiful, thoughtful close to the series, and am excited to hear what all of you think!
Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by Candlewick Press
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
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.
Becker brings us back to the ethereal world that we've already explored in the previous two books. This time, our young protagonist returns, again after feeling neglected by her father. But her father follows behind this time, and gets caught up in a world of adventure...
Whereas the first two books focused on the idea of young protagonists having a respite from a real world that may not necessarily understand them and/or have the time for them, Return very much focuses on the idea that there is still a bit of wonder in even the oldest and busiest of us all.
Our protagonist's father stumbles into the world after her, and Becker paints a vivid, heartwarming picture of someone who transforms from exasperatedly asking for his daughter to come back, to someone who joins alongside her adventures. There's very much a Robin Williams/Hook feeling to the evolution, and readers will delight in seeing what father and daughter do, as they save a still under-threat kingdom.
With Becker's classic style filtering through these epic landscapes, this book is an absolute must to complete the trilogy.
About the author:
Aaron Becker dreamed of traveling to castles when he was a boy. At age ten, he was lucky enough to visit the walled island of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. Many years later, that visit inspired him to create the palatial castle featured throughout the Journey trilogy. Aaron recently returned to Europe with his family, where he completed the watercolor paintings you see in this book.