AWARD-WINNING TEAM: In their third collaboration, the author and the illustrator of the Newbery Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street and the award-winning bestseller Carmela Full of Wishes once again bring us a moving ode to bustling city life and the love that binds a family.
STIRRING, LYRICAL TEXT AND TIMELY MESSAGE: De la Peña’s carefully observed and quietly powerful words deliver a compelling message—that we are more alike than different and that you can’t make assumptions about a person based on what they look like.
VIBRANT ILLUSTRATIONS: Robinson’s colorful, incandescent artwork is bursting with life and effortlessly depicts the joy and love in a family, even when they are faced with difficult circumstances.
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS: This story of an observant and artistic African American boy offers a mirror to children who don’t often see themselves in the books they’re reading and a window through which all children can learn to view the world with more empathy and understanding.
A LOVING DEPICTION OF AN INCARCERATED PARENT: Milo and his sister’s long journey culminates in a visit to their incarcerated mother, a reunion filled with love and hope, told with a gentle touch.
A PERSONAL CONNECTION FOR CHRISTIAN ROBINSON: When Christian was a child, his mother was incarcerated, so this story is especially meaningful for him.
A New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Indie Bestseller
“Bright, fun, whimsical…An absolutely wonderful book for kids.”—Good Morning America
“Exquisite…Ends with a heartfelt punch.”—The TODAY Show
“Brilliant.”—The New York Times Book Review
* “With the same combination of wide-eyed observation and suspenseful buildup to a socially conscious revelation that readers cherished in this duo’s award-winning Last Stop on Market Street (2015), this picture book offers a child’s view of the impacts of incarceration on families. De la Peña’s descriptive language and Robinson’s innocent, endearing art make for another winning package…A memorable, thought-provoking story poised to make a difference for many.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “Harold and the Purple Crayon meets twenty-first-century urban realism… As in Jacqueline Woodson’s Visiting Day, the joy and parent-child love shine through…This poignant, thought-provoking story speaks volumes for how art can shift one’s perspectives and enable an imaginative alternative to what is…or seems to be.”—The Horn Book, starred review
* “Robinson intersperses scenes of his signature cut-paper collage artwork…with images of Milo’s sketchbook, and the child-like drawings in thick crayon lines not only give insight into his imagination but his heart…An excellent conversation-starter for modern times.”—Booklist, starred review
* “A text that flows like poetry…Glorious.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
* “In this rich, multilayered journey, the award-winning creators of Last Stop on Market Street celebrate a city’s kaleidoscope of scenes, offer a glimpse at a child’s experience with parental incarceration, and convey that child’s keen observations about his circumstances and surroundings.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* “Readers of Milo Imagines the World will feel compassion stacked on top of heartache on top of humility on top of hope.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Pictures brimming with activity, an endearing main character, and threads for thinking about art, families, and what we see in others make this a book that will hold up to many readings.”—School Library Journal
“De la Peña’s prose is precise and evocative…His story respects young readers by incorporating their complex interior worlds and the observant ways they attend to issues of class…Robinson’s signature collage illustrations bring Milo and his sister’s distinct personalities to life…This sweet but never saccharine story is a classic in the making.”—BookPage
“Sweet yet poignant…Manages to be sophisticated while also bringing in the joy and wonder associated with picture books.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
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