Candlewick, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
f you read and enjoyed
by Aaron Becker, you'll certainly wish to get a copy of this second book that follows the characters on another wordless adventure.
es, that's correct,
! Becker supplies beautiful illustrations but no text ... that's the job of the reader. The two children featured here are in a park and take shelter from a rainstorm under an archway when a nameless king emerges from a wall. He hands the two a map of sorts and then some soldiers emerge and whisk him away.
his opening sequence launches the boy and girl into a quest to rescue the king. With their color markers in hand, the two make their way through the portal under the sea and are off on a new, exciting journey.
s the young reader watches the children unlock the puzzle of the map, the child will be called upon to use his/her imagination to create a narrative for the story.
ersonally, I really like picture books like this that engage the child intellectually and force him/her to not only carefully examine the illustrations but create the story line as well. Naturally there are plenty of visual clues from Becker that point the child in the correct direction.
his is part of a planned trilogy - there's another book on the way. You'll want to own all three because they are related.
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