Anno's Journey

by Mitsumasa Anno

Hardcover, 1988



Records in drawings the author's journey through northern Europe and his impressions of the land, the people at work and play, and their art, architecture, folklore, and fairy tales.

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LibraryThing member kidlit9
Records in drawings the author's journey through Northern Europe and his impressions of the land, the people at work and play, and their art, architecture, folklore and fairy tales.
LibraryThing member hobreads
A Japanese traveler on a wordless ride through Europe. High detail. Pre-Where's-Waldo and with much more detail to boot. Recommended.
LibraryThing member Ebinns
This book could be grades 1-6. This book is about a man who travels through town during different stages of the town over several years. Each page is a different event during the seasons and the towns planting, harvesting, and selling of goods. Teachers could use this book to instruct students to create their own story on what they believe is going on. The book could also be used to show how towns change over time to adapt with culture and technology. The man can be identified on each page by a man in blue riding on a horse.… (more)
LibraryThing member Mluke04
The author is telling the story, through pictures, of a trip he took to Europe. That is why this book is an autobiography. The book shows the things he saw and the things he learned.
The illustrations in this book are amazing. They aren't extremely life-like but they are enough to draw the reader in to the story. The different things that are added in the illustrations give the reader something to look for each time they read the book. I still haven't found all the things that are listed in the back of the book. The illustration not only add to the story, they are the story.
Media: Ink and Wash
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LibraryThing member hnebeker
This is one of my favorite picture books. The illustrations are beautifully simple and yet somehow inspire the imagination to add in all of the things he has seen and done on his journey. This is an especially great book for young children who cannot yet read.
LibraryThing member fonsecaelib530A
Anno, M. (1978). Anno’s journey. Cleveland: Collins-World.
Ages: 4 to 8 years old
Anno takes a trip from the pristine shores of unconquered land through the buzz of big city life arriving at an expansion of green fields warmed by the orange light of sunset. Riding on horseback through Europe, he experiences the changes from untouched nature to urban settings, from the solitude of the trees to clusters of city dwellers. As his journey comes to an end, Anno leaves his horse behind and walks to the edge of a green field to enjoy the setting sun.
Anno’s journey is an exploration of Europe and how the land changes in the hands of men and women. The stunning two-page illustrations show the reader a bird’s eye view of each location, rich in details. The reader moves from the quietude of fields and forests to the farms at the edge of the town to the center of the city itself. The prevalent green of uninhabited land gives place to browns, blues, oranges and reds of city living. There is little plot to be discussed; this is a book about settings, a book about human influence and change on its surroundings. Children will spend countless hours accounting for all the little clues left of the page by Anno, a Hans Christian Andersen Medal recipient.
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
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.
LibraryThing member raizel
A wordless book based on the author's travels in Europe. A man on horseback links all the two-page spread pictures. Embedded in the illustrations are references to paintings, stories, a romance told over the course of several pages, and more. All this is discussed in a page at the end of the book.

A quote:
i wandered from town to town, from country to country and sometimes my journey was hard, but it is at just such times that reward comes. When a man loses his way, he often finds himself---or some unlooked-for treasure. by the end of my journey, I realized that I had set out not to collect information but to lose my way---and to discover the world you will find in this book.… (more)
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Yes I know it's just a wordless picture-book. Still, one would need to spend time looking at all the detail in the pictures - and after a page or two I was tuckered out. Maybe my eyes are too old. I did read the note at the end and then went back and found a few of the 'hidden objects' but still, I don't think it was worth my time.… (more)
LibraryThing member Harrod
Very nice illustrations
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Celebrated Japanese picture-book author and artist Mitsumasa Anno, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984, began his series of wordless travelogues with this 1977 book - subsequent titles include Anno's Italy, Anno's Britain, and Anno's USA - which follows the horseback figure of the author, as he travels through northern Europe. From rural fields to crowded towns, country fairs to school races, Anno wends his way through the European landscape, taking the reader on a visual journey that weaves in classic works of art and storytelling, little visual jokes, and a running romantic theme.

I can't say, in all honesty, that I caught everything there was to catch with Anno's Journey, although I did enjoy searching for the author on each page, and recognized a clear homage to Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and a reference to the tale of The Pied Piper of Hamlin. I imagine that the more time one spends with the book, the more it will yield. That is high praise indeed, making this a book that a certain type of young reader - the child who enjoys visual puzzles, or search-and-find books - will delight in poring over! I'm glad The Picture-Book Club to which I belong chose this as one of our January selections. The only other Anno I have read, to date, is the delightful Anno's Aesop, but after enjoying this one, I think I will need to seek out more!
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Philomel Ooks (1988)


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