Kid Lit: Return

I received this book for free from Candlewick Press at BEA 2016. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Return (Journey #3) by Aaron Becker

Published on August 2, 2016.

Goodreads Summary:
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. 

My Thoughts:
In Return, the third installment in Aaron Becker’s Journey trilogy, the little girl’s father follows her into the magical world through the crayon-drawn door. Together, the girl, her father, the boy, and the king (is that what he is?) once again have to fight the evil men who are trying to capture the magic crayons.

I loved how the father was brought into this story. I love the emotion, adventure, and suspense portrayed through pictures with no words. The illustrations in this whole series are so beautiful. They really portray the magical, adventurous spirit of the books. They’re terrific for non-readers and readers alike. It’s fun to take a break from words and imagine the story just using the pictures.

This book works well as the conclusion to the series, but it could also be read as a standalone book.

My Rating: 4 stars

I’m linking up with Booking Mama today for Kid Konnection. Every Saturday Julie hosts this link up for all things relating to children’s books.

On the blog last year…

Bookworm Problem: Everything comes into the library at once

You may also like


  1. I think these types of books are so unique. Every time you read it you can create something different in the story. These have to be some amazing illustrations I'm betting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge