Anno's Journey

Anno s Journey ABoston Globe Horn BookAwardWinner Join Anno recipient of theHans Christian Andersen Medal on a spectacular tour of Europe A pictorial journey through the traditional countryside farms and towns o

  • Title: Anno's Journey
  • Author: Mitsumasa Anno
  • ISBN: 9780698114333
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • ABoston Globe Horn BookAwardWinner Join Anno, recipient of theHans Christian Andersen Medal, on a spectacular tour of Europe A pictorial journey through the traditional countryside, farms, and towns of northern Europe takes readers past familiar storybook characters, visual jokes and puzzles, tricks of perspective, and other surprises With paintings, visual puzzles andABoston Globe Horn BookAwardWinner Join Anno, recipient of theHans Christian Andersen Medal, on a spectacular tour of Europe A pictorial journey through the traditional countryside, farms, and towns of northern Europe takes readers past familiar storybook characters, visual jokes and puzzles, tricks of perspective, and other surprises With paintings, visual puzzles and tricks of perception, Anno introduces geography and science by focusing on children and adults at work and play, as well as on art, architecture, composers, and painters, as he conducts an imaginary tour of England Lush paintings, exquisitely detailed An exceptional book Publishers Weekly Executed in meticulous and gently hued watercolors, this imaginative rendering will fill hours of wonderment, always with the delightful anticipation of seeking still one amazing detail Booklist
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    • Miriam says:

      I would have enjoyed this more had the explanatory end note been at the beginning.The illustrations in this wordless picture book and lovely and highly detailed. I almost thought it worked like Where's Waldo?, but the artist and his horse were too easy to spot. Maybe we were just supposed to admire the details. I noticed a couple scenes reminiscent of paintings, and I spotted Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and the Pied Piper leading children through a plaza where men dug up the cobblestones behin [...]

    • Lisa Vegan says:

      This book is amazing, outstanding, and its pictures and storytelling via those illustrations are exquisitely done; they’re just beautiful. I need to reread this over and over and over. I might have to get a copy for myself someday. I’ve never been to Europe but there are a lot of clues are about the various locations in the story. I thought that I was being incredibly observant but in the notes at the end, I see I missed so much, so much. I can’t say enough good things about this book and [...]

    • Ronyell says:

      At first when I read this book, I was sort of bored with the illustrations, but now reading it a few more times, I found myself liking this book! “Anno’s Journey” is a wordless picture by Mitsumasa Anno, which shows the author exploring Northern Europe and marveling at its beauty. “Anno’s Journey” is a great book for anyone who wants to see Northern Europe through a picture book!I never would have thought that I would be interested in reading (or looking at) a picture book that gives [...]

    • Kathryn says:

      Overall, I enjoyed Anno's Journey and I really appreciated it more after I read the author's note and realized all the things he added, but for me it wasn't really a WOW book or anything that especially touched me. I thought it was interesting that Anno never got off his horse. I suppose part of it is that it was always easy to spot him that way, but I wondered if he mightn't have accomplished the same thing by wearing a more unique outfit or something (ala Waldo). It was just odd to me that he [...]

    • Manybooks says:

      I think I would enjoy Anno's Journey rather more if there were less activity (and less people depicted). However, Europe is a rather crowded continent, so perhaps less people would not seem all that realistic either. And I really do like Anno's illustrations of houses, churches and buildings quite a bit more than his depictions of human and animal characters, as they just feel rather featureless and swarming (I never even realised that the reoccurring person on the horse was Anno, until someone [...]

    • Sarah Ravel says:

      Anno's Journey by Mitosumasa Anno is a wordless picture book depicting one man's travels through Europe. The excerpt at the end tells the reader that the drawing are based on Anno's own journey through Europe. The drawings are full page illustrations with no framing. Each turn of the page lends to a feeling of movement through the countryside. The illustrations are shown from an aerial perspective, emphasizing the the size of the buildings compared to the small figures of the people. In a way, t [...]

    • Crystal Marcos says:

      This is was my last read for this month's Children's Picture Book Club wordless selections found here:/topic/show/4My daughter and I read this one together. I managed to keep her attention by calling out things like "Anno, Anno where are you?" The illustration and color choices were too busy for her and sometimes myself. I had trouble finding Anno on a couple of pages. I did enjoy the story and the author note at the end of the book was a nice touch. I didn't find everything there is to find wit [...]

    • Dolly says:

      A wordless picture book that is busy with activities, buildings and people. The fun is in finding some of the unusual items (like scenes from famous paintings or odd characters from books - or even Sesame street) as well as seeing the subtle changes in the items as you peruse through the pages. It's a fun book to play "I spy" with children.This book was selected as one of the January 2011 - Wordless Picture Book reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at .

    • Isaac D'Souza says:

      Anno's Journey is a lovely portrait of rural Europe. I love the scenery, it's never too young. It uses your imgination well.

    • Nimitha TR says:

      This is an amazingly illustrated wordless picture book. It shows the journey of author through Europe. The illustrations are rich with country and city life, different architectural styles, references to fairy tales, paintings and the like. His favourite activity was spotting Anno in every page. This is one of those books which we can grow up with. As our perception and knowledge increases, we'd be able to find more details hidden in the illustrations. Awesome read!

    • Jim Erekson says:

      This has to be one of the best examples of a postmodern picturebook, because the jokes on both content and form are woven in subtly while play with time is also so gradual that I have to watch the details to notice it. Loved revisiting this after noticing so many picturebooks that are using the wide-angle panoramic spread. This is one of the best uses of a wide establishing shot throughout the entire book. The thing that stays consistent is that the viewpoint is always just above and back from t [...]

    • Fjóla says:

      As is the case with so many wordless books, this one calls for repeated "readings". I liked to study the details, try to imagine through where the rider was traveling. In particular I liked how some things repeated themselves through the book but in different form/shape: landscapes, groups of people, children. My 4 1/2 year old was pretty drawn into this book as well. We might seek out Anno's other "travel" books: Spain, Britain, U.S.A, Italy

    • SaraLaLa says:

      Okay, maybe I just don't get what's so amazing about this book. The best thing I could say about it is it's like Where's Waldo, but we're just looking for Anno. I think I was irked since the inside jacket of the book said that I'd find visual jokes and puzzles. I guess it went over my head and I just didn't find it amusing.

    • Holly says:

      I gave this book 2 stars because it doesn't have words. I also gave it 2 stars because I can't really read it in my classroom. Anyway, I really liked the illustrations in this book. I would use it in my classroom for "make up a story" activities. I would have the students look at the pictures and write a story based off of it. It was a good book; it just doesn't have words.

    • Linda Lipko says:

      Oh, my! What a breathtaking book, wordless and filled with thousand upon thousand of small images in the context of a larger picture. While at times when an artist attempts this, it seems confusing, someone Mitsumassa Anno did a splendid job of it all.

    • ABC says:

      This is a wordless book. It is a bird's eye view of a trip from the sea to a small European city.

    • Mmeg16 says:

      1001 children's books you must read before you grow up

    • Monique says:

      Have loved this book with my sister and brother since we were little.s a story told entirely in pictures of a man and his horse traveling through Europe and all the detail and village life and its fascinatingyou watch him take off by boat, acquire a horse and go through towns both large and smallYou see rice being cut, logs being cut down lots of domestic farm work, people moving by cart, kids playing, a couple getting engaged, a foot race starting and ending, a duel taking place by the young lo [...]

    • Mladoria says:

      Album sans texte qui met en scène un personnage principal, petit bonhomme à chapeau pointu tout de bleu vêtu, venu de la mer en barque qui traverse une Europe du Moyen-Age jusque dans les années 1950 environ. Cet album retrace son voyage. Titre énigmatique s'il en est car le paysage que traverse ce personnage que l'on retrouve à chaque page, avançant inexorablement, change non seulement de lieu mais d'époque, en une journée (selon le titre). Truffé de détails, ce petit bijou graphique [...]

    • Ellie Labbett says:

      Anno’s Journey is undoubtedly a beautiful and detailed exploration of rural and urban communities, a fantastic work of art that can be appreciated by anyone. It put me in the position of an anonymous observer, which I imagine to be quite similar to Anno, who created this book during his travels across Europe. I think that this position is made all the more prevalent through the fact that there are no words in this story, perhaps mirroring the solitude that Anno felt during his trip.It was afte [...]

    • Erica Massarelli says:

      Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno made me nostalgic for travels in Europe! In this wordless book, the main character travels throughout many different places and landscapes in Europe. The illustrations draw you in, making you see the many beautiful differences in the places to which he travels. It is also engaging for the reader to try to find the main character in the illustrations because there is so much to look at. Admittedly, I struggle with wordless books, but I can see how this book can ma [...]

    • Kaitlin Howard says:

      Anno captures the reader's imagination with detailed illustrations of the landscape and scenes throughout the city and country. It is fun to notice characters from well known characters and the more stories one reads and information one learns about history, the more details in the illustrations that stick out. A joy for all ages to read.

    • Bonnie says:

      I could sit and look through these pictures for hours. They are beautiful and detailed. My boys mostly liked seeing the few trains and tractors though.

    • Chloe Wassom says:

      I loved the illustrations in this adventurous book.

    • Nicole says:

      This wordless picture book depicts a traveler passing through the countrysides and towns of Europe. Along the way he is surrounded by scenes from famous works of art and literature as well as many other humorous events.Audience Since it is wordless, any age could enjoy looking at it. Starting with pre-K, children may be able to search for the more familiar scenes (e.g. Pied Piper of Hamlin, Red Riding Hood), while middle school through adults could seek the more detailed references (e.g. Don Qui [...]

    • Congetta says:

      This is a book without words. I really enjoyed this book I think, because I figured out early enough by examining the pictures that there was something else going on besides the author's journey. Then I read the author's note and went back and examined each page more closely to find other pictures the author mentioned. I have been to northern Europe and some of the pictures looked like certain sections of cities I had visited. This also increased my joy of the book.My son likes to search for thi [...]

    • Mae says:

      a) This record of the author's journey through Europe is lovingly rendered in pen and ink and watercolor. Anno arrives, trades for a horse, and then wanders through wine-making, a race, a circus, a parade, a picnic in the park, a market, and a parade. In each double-page spread, we need to find Anno in a vaguely Where's Waldo-ish way.b) This book is hilarious. At first, I was annoyed by trying to find Anno in each illustration; but, as I looked - I noticed the very funny visual jokes throughout [...]

    • Norah Mcmeeking says:

      I am amazed that everyone doesn't love this book as much as I do! I've been buying and reading it since 1978. Perhaps any doubts are because this might not be considered a "childre's' book." It is certainly over the head of very young children, but it makes a fantastic gift for adults. I like to give it to people recooperating from an illness or stuck in the hospital.From the first I was impressed that someone from Japan could use so many Western cultural references--everything from the Muppets [...]

    • Darin Nordman says:

      Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa AnnoThis is one of 3 wordless picturebooks that I have chosen. It seems to me that the author was very intrigued with, what I believe is Europe. It portrays Anno as a man visiting a land, sightseeing and observing different places of this land. With this being a picture book without words, it was very detailed in the illustrations. Each illustration were distinctively unique from one another and the readers can somewhat get an idea or an imagination of what the author [...]

    • Kiersten Knapp says:

      This book did not receive any awards.The grades that this book would be appropriate for are pre-k - 2nd grade.This book shows the journey of the illustrator, Mitsumasa Anno's, journey across Europe. The pictures show the different towns, villages and cities that he came across during his excursion on horse. At the end of the story, there is a page of information explaining Anno's journey and why he took it.I really liked looking through each page of this book, because of the great detail put int [...]

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