I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this picture book for a very long time now. Quest is chapter 2 of Aaron Becker’s wordless picture book trilogy. The first, a Caldecott Honor book, by the name of Journey is a masterpiece. Without a doubt Aaron Becker’s trilogy will be a future classic. Quest is no disappointment, it builds on the previous book, and offers up more magic and fantasy than you can shake a stick at.
The story is enchanting; the illustrations are spectacular. Each page is ablaze with colour and filled with splendid detail.
Reminiscent of films from my childhood such as; ‘The Labyrinth’, ‘The Dark Crystal’, ‘Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker’, ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Time Bandits’.
If C.S. Lewis and Terry Gilliam had made a picture book together it might look and feel something like Quest.
The story begins with a king who appears from a concealed doorway, surprising the two children seeking refuge from the downpour. With hast the king presents the children with a map and some extraordinary items before he is mysteriously whisked back behind the door.
The quest begins; the children hit the road to free the king and liberate his kingdom from the grip of the dark forces that have taken hold of it. With the use of their imaginations, the map and the enchanted items, the children navigate their way through Aaron Becker’s mystical world.