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Anno's Journey Paperback – August 4, 1997

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About the Author

Mitsumasa Anno was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest honor attainable in the field of children's book illustration in 1984.  His original art will be displayed at the gallery opening of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Northhampton, MA.  Mr. Anno lives in Japan.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (August 4, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698114337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698114333
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By audrey frances TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 19, 2001
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As in other Anno works, an anonymous Everyman is seen in each two-page textless illustration. In this book, the traveler begins his trek alone, buys a horse and rides through progressively more populated scenes -- magnificent scenes, filled with literary and artistic allusions, mini-stories, children playing, panorama and touching detail -- all at the same time! Scenes are viewed as if you were just outside the picture and about 40 feet high. The reader/viewer cannot see the details of people's faces, but much human experience and emotion is contained in small details -- children despairing after a lost balloon, flirting lovers, a mother touching her child, etc.
Your child will appreciate this work through many 'reading' levels, and you will constantly make new discoveries yourself.
Mitsumasa Anno's books are not to be missed, and Anno's Journey is a beautiful example of the author/illustrator's work.
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Wonderful book. I take it on trips if I need a gift for a wide range of children. With no words, the reading level is not a factor. Full of visual jokes, historical buildings, modern characters hidden in the crowds, famous art and buildings, childrens games, similarities from one page to another ...
The parents love it even more than the kids. It takes days to spot all the interesting things hidden in this book and it's a painless way to talk about history and art with a child. PERFECT for babysitters to use.
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Clever, mysterious, funny, insightful, historical, whimsical, fascinating, heart-bonding, multi-layered, plain fun, and WORDLESS. The story in this book is the one you and your child will spin as you work through mini-tableaus captured by Anno. So many plot lines leap from the pages, the book is bottomless. You can spend a minute per page at one age, and 20 minutes per page at another. You can talk about cute things, or the questions of life, supported by the intricate imagery. The experience is up to the storyteller, you, assisted by tiny, often unexpected scenes from life which will make anyone ready to tell a tale to fit the page. Too much fun! It is likely your child will "read" Anno's Journey"to their child. And they will remember YOUR trips together every page of the journey.
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I am so glad I discovered this book. My children enjoy telling a different story every time we open it. The fact that there are no words in it makes the children invent a new story each time, and I believe it develops their imagination better in a way, than with a storybook with pictures. I also like the art involved in this book, the minute details that the author/artist had included are adorable! I enjoy reading it myself! Each page reveals several goings-on in a small town, it is so easy to imagine yourself walking among the characters.
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I have never met such a book. It is a plain pleasure to take it, sit down with a cup of tea and spend some hours (!literally!) on observing the life of those people or looking for all the hidden jokes made with the perspective, composition, citations, self references... So in fact anyone in my family is happy because of this Journey: my 3 years old son as well as my wife and me.

BTW we are Polish, so, as you can guess, there is no language barrier. Anyone on the world could take this book and just start to read and appreciate it.
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This is a favorite from when I read aloud to my children. There are many pieces of art and characters from stories to find in the pictures, as Anno walks through the countryside and cityscapes, which are a marvel to look at all by themselves. My favorite Anno book is "Anno's Animals" with the hidden pictures of a wide variety of animals. One has to look closely and creatively to find them all.
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Format: Hardcover
A testament to the peace and charm of simple drawings executed with grace. A wordless book that, while made for children, is still able to captivate even the most jaded of us hipsters with its simplicity.
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By H. Ping on September 6, 2012
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My favorite book as a child. Love the illustrations and the stories and art references to find. It's great for teaching adult ESL students too. My students love to find the cultural references they know and learn about the ones they don't.
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