Review | Joe Journeyman, Volume 1 by Jed Bruce

Warning: this book may cause a fight in your home. It did in mine.

Joe Journeyman, Volume 1

When Joe Journeyman, Volume 1 arrived, my boys couldn’t wait to open it up. Football is a big deal in our house, so they were naturally excited about an entire book devoted to football. And when I explained how the book worked, they couldn’t wait to explore each picture. This eventually led to a tussle over who got to hold the book, and we decided taking turns would work best!

Joe Journeyman is a seek-and-find book in the style of Where’s Waldo, but with its own unique twist. Readers are encouraged to find Joe, his playbook, his friends, and his nemesis as he plays for various teams. And since Joe is a legendary player who has played for all 32 NFL teams, that means hours of happy hunting.

Joe Journeyman Colts

By far the highlight of Joe Journeyman is the gorgeous artwork. The attention to detail in each team’s two-page spread is simply amazing. There are so many special touches, and each team’s pages are designed with the qualities unique to that team. Joe Journeyman, Volume 1 features 16 teams, including our beloved Indianapolis Colts, the evil New England Patriots, the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears, and more.

In addition to the book, you can purchase team-specific puzzles, posters, and canvases online. This would make a really great, unique gift for the football fan in your life.

When I asked my boys what they liked best about the book, my six-year-old said, “The art is so cool, Mom!” I agree! My four-year-old said, “I like the Vikings!” This might have something to do with the fact that his flag football team is also the Vikings.

This book is a really fun adventure for anyone who likes football, young or old. It’s the kind of book that makes a great gift for a sports fan, and 10% of each purchase supports children’s hospitals, so you really can’t go wrong. Our family thinks this book scores a touchdown!

You can find lots more great information on the Joe Journeyman website.

Our family was provided with a review copy of this book. All opinions and hatred of the Patriots are our own. 




Crystal is an activist, feminist, and mom of three. She loves reading, crochet, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

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