The journey comes to a touching end in the Return, and what a fantastic ride it has been. Becker's trilogy about a young girl and boy travelling through a fantastical land through the power of magic chalk, are some of the best examples of the wordless form today. The Return takes a bit of a different approach by instead following the girl's father, whose curiosity also pulls him through the magical door. Pages feel reminiscent of the Journey until the man spots his daughter. When he approaches her, the boy, and the boy's father, the king, the villains appear for one last bout, and grand chase. As with the previous two books, Becker's imaginative and colourful set pieces are something to behold. The composition paces the read to perfection while increasing tension or our sense of awe as needed. The flow is further aided by character placement, which draws the eye smoothly from page to page. Even though this book can be read as a standalone story, its full impact is only felt after going through Journey, and Quest, for the finale's themes of family and reconciliation tie this charming trilogy up in a neat bow.
A beautiful conclusion to a beautiful trilogy. Becker's artwork is so gorgeous that you just want to climb into the world he's created and never leave. As with the first two books, this is wordless -- and the better for it, in my opinion. The story is told clearly through the art, and this conclusion is a lovely story of a father-daughter relationship being mended through a fantastic journey. These three books, I think, are classics that will be read for generations to come.
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