Anno’s Journey has a story to tell, but the true treasure of this book is in the beauty of Mitsumasa Anno’s Hans Christian Anderson medal-winning illustrations.
The story follows Anno as he rides through the streets and countryside of Northern Europe. But rather than merely recounting Anno’s story, this wordless picture book instead tells the stories of each hamlet, farmyard, circus, and town square that Anno visits in visually rich, and often surprising detail.
Anno’s Journey readers will soon find themselves expecting…and searching for…the unexpected. A single journey through this book simply won’t be enough as you’ll want to spend time picking through the details of every scene with a fine-tooth comb.
As you read, be on the lookout for characters from fairy tales and classic literature, for glimpses of famous artwork, for the “old” juxtaposed with the “new,” and for things that simply don’t seem to belong. If you look hard, you might even find a couple of Sesame Street characters!
Young children will enjoy looking at this book for all its outstanding visual appeal, but older children who will be especially entertained by searching the pages of Anno’s Journey for its unexpected treasures.
Please come back, leave a comment, and share the unexpected things you find on your journey through Anno’s Journey.
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