Anno’s Journey, by Mitsumasa Anno, is one of the most delightful picture books I’ve ever read. But actually you don’t read it, since it is an entirely wordless book that tells the story of a foreign traveler and the people and places he sees along the way. The book manages to combine information about traditional European economies, visual jokes on great works of art and literature, and numerous little stories and anecdotes tucked into each picture.
It’s also fun to find Anno in the pictures. He’s the little fellow on the horse wearing a hat.
The book begins with the arrival of Anno at the shores of a country, and trading his boat for a horse.
There are several consecutive stories in the book, including this footrace that continues through several pages.
These little jpgs can’t do it justice of course. A highly recommended book.