Towards the end of last year, I read about this book on several blogs and thought it might be something I'd be enchanted with.
Here's what Journey, a wordless picture book, is about:
Bored and lonely at home, a girl found a red marker pen and drew a door on her bedroom wall. She opened it and slipped out into a green woods lit by blue lanterns. She walked to a stream and drew herself a boat.
She sailed away.
Into a magical kingdom.
There, she encountered new dangers and managed to draw herself out of trouble. When she spotted a beautiful songbird captured by an evil emperor, the girl went to its rescue without hesitation.
Would she be able to free the songbird?
Would the evil emperor seek revenge?
Would the girl be able to return home safely?
Quite a journey! I enjoyed the watercolour paintings, especially those double-page spreads. However, upon my first round of 'reading' this story, I was puzzled by how it ended. My journey in reading it went like this: "Oh ... wow ... more wow ... interesting ... mmh ... that's how it ends?"
Did I miss something? The journey didn't feel complete.
I read it again.
It was only when I checked for the third time that I discovered what I'd missed. (Maybe my picture-book analysing skills needs sharpening. Maybe I should have taken 'reading' wordless picture books much slower.)
Anyway, for me, the puzzlement with the ending was resolved though doubts in the girl's courage remained. (She'd reacted so instantly that I felt there wasn't any fear to begin with ... I'm being picky here, I know.) This is a good-going-on-great story that I will share with a little Korean boy I met recently. He doesn't speak English so this would make a nice book for him.
Have you read Journey? If you have, and also found the ending a wee bit incomplete, as if you'd missed a detail somewhere, let me know.
If you haven't, well, when was the last time you read a highly-praised book but felt something wasn't quite satisfactory and wondered if it was just you?
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