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Milo Imagines the World



by
Matt de la Peña
illustrated by
Christian Robinson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
PenRanHo
Imprint
G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN
9780399549083
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None
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JLG Category

City Elementary

The team behind the Newbery Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Streetand the award-winning New York Times bestseller Carmela Full of Wishes once again delivers a poignant and timely picture book that’s sure to become an instant classic.

Milo is on a long subway ride with his older sister. To pass the time, he studies the faces around him and makes pictures of their lives. There’s the whiskered man with the crossword puzzle; Milo imagines him playing solitaire in a cluttered apartment full of pets. There’s the wedding-dressed woman with a little dog peeking out of her handbag; Milo imagines her in a grand cathedral ceremony. And then there’s the boy in the suit with the bright white sneakers; Milo imagines him arriving home to a castle with a drawbridge and a butler. But when the boy in the suit gets off on the same stop as Milo—walking the same path, going to the exact same place—Milo realizes that you can’t really know anyone just by looking at them.Full-color illustrations were created with acrylic paint, collage, and “a bit of digital manipulation.”

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

8" x 10 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Drawing. Imagination. Prisoners’ families. Brothers and sisters. Subways. Siblings. Families. Urban and city life. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–The creators of the Newbery Award-winning Last Stop on Market Street team up for another journey with a life lesson on a child’s level. This time, Milo and his teen sister, who are both Black, take a long subway ride together. Big sister is glued to her cell phone and bespectacled Milo draws the lives he imagines for other passengers on the train. Maybe the whiskered man doing crosswords lives all alone with parakeets and a cat. Maybe the little white boy in a suit lives in a castle. Maybe the wedding dress lady and her groom will take flight in a hot air balloon after the ir nuptials. Initially, this appears to be a story about how being observant feeds the creative process, but when Milo and his sister arrive at the prison where their mother is incarcerated, the white boy from the train is also there to visit his own mother. “Maybe you can’t really know anyone just by looking at their face,” thinks Milo. Robinson captures the vivacity of the New York City subway with his acrylic paint and collage and faux naïve style, while other spreads show Milo’s childlike crayon drawings. The text is rich with words like tepid, mewling, and infinite, and vividly compares Milo’s excitement to “shook-up soda,” while the happy bride has “a face made out of light.” ­VERDICT ­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.–Jan Aldrich Solow, formerly Fairfax County Public Sch., VA

Horn Book

Harold and the Purple Crayon meets twenty-first-century urban realism in this picture book (simultaneously published in Spanish as Milo imagina el mundo) by the Last Stop on Market Street (rev. 1/15) team. Milo, a diminutive brown-skinned boy with round glasses and a lime green hat, boards a subway with his big sister. While she plays games on her phone, Milo studies people and imagines lives for them with his notebook and colored pencils. Robinson’s art alternates between color-saturated, double-page scenes of train activity and Milo’s hand-drawn sketches. Milo draws a suit-wearing boy on the train as a prince arriving at his castle; for a wedding-gown-clad passenger, Milo draws her imagined ceremony. Milo feels more comfortable watching than being watched but wonders what people imagine about him. He then re-imagines and re-illustrates many of his scenes, intentionally looking at his subjects in a different way. Milo and his sister finally reach their destination: a detention center, where they visit their incarcerated mother (the suited boy is visiting someone, too). As in Jacqueline Woodson’s Visiting Day (rev. 11/02), the joy and parent-child love shine through, and the climax comes with Milo’s sharing a special drawing he has created for his mom. 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. MICHELLE H. MARTIN

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–The creators of the Newbery Award-winning Last Stop on Market Street team up for another journey with a life lesson on a child’s level. This time, Milo and his teen sister, who are both Black, take a long subway ride together. Big sister is glued to her cell phone and bespectacled Milo draws the lives he imagines for other passengers on the train. Maybe the whiskered man doing crosswords lives all alone with parakeets and a cat. Maybe the little white boy in a suit lives in a castle. Maybe the wedding dress lady and her groom will take flight in a hot air balloon after the ir nuptials. Initially, this appears to be a story about how being observant feeds the creative process, but when Milo and his sister arrive at the prison where their mother is incarcerated, the white boy from the train is also there to visit his own mother. “Maybe you can’t really know anyone just by looking at their face,” thinks Milo. Robinson captures the vivacity of the New York City subway with his acrylic paint and collage and faux naïve style, while other spreads show Milo’s childlike crayon drawings. The text is rich with words like tepid, mewling, and infinite, and vividly compares Milo’s excitement to “shook-up soda,” while the happy bride has “a face made out of light.” ­VERDICT ­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.–Jan Aldrich Solow, formerly Fairfax County Public Sch., VA

Horn Book

Harold and the Purple Crayon meets twenty-first-century urban realism in this picture book (simultaneously published in Spanish as Milo imagina el mundo) by the Last Stop on Market Street (rev. 1/15) team. Milo, a diminutive brown-skinned boy with round glasses and a lime green hat, boards a subway with his big sister. While she plays games on her phone, Milo studies people and imagines lives for them with his notebook and colored pencils. Robinson’s art alternates between color-saturated, double-page scenes of train activity and Milo’s hand-drawn sketches. Milo draws a suit-wearing boy on the train as a prince arriving at his castle; for a wedding-gown-clad passenger, Milo draws her imagined ceremony. Milo feels more comfortable watching than being watched but wonders what people imagine about him. He then re-imagines and re-illustrates many of his scenes, intentionally looking at his subjects in a different way. Milo and his sister finally reach their destination: a detention center, where they visit their incarcerated mother (the suited boy is visiting someone, too). As in Jacqueline Woodson’s Visiting Day (rev. 11/02), the joy and parent-child love shine through, and the climax comes with Milo’s sharing a special drawing he has created for his mom. 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. MICHELLE H. MARTIN

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