Aaron Becker returns with us to the worlds introduced in Journey, his Caldecott Honor-winning debut picture book.
Quest by Aaron BeckerJourney, is under threat from a colorless army set on retrieving all of the mythical colored drawing tools. These tools, readers learned in Journey, hold the power to bring what's drawn to life. Boy and Girl are drawn into the world as the ruler of Pallonezia appears before them from an enchanted door beneath a bridge under which the children seek cover from the rain. Moments later, their quest to retrieve all of the colorful drawing tools is afoot.
What Aaron Becker has crafted in Quest is a work of picture book art that expands well beyond the story, beckoning for exploration and, almost, companionship. It's as if the characters want us (the readers) to make the journey with them, and their expressions along almost every single step remind readers that, despite the threat of danger, there is an incredible amount of joy and excitement to be had in a quest.
Aaron Becker on the Let's Get Busy podcast (Ep. 73 - discussing Quest)