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Milo Imagines the World

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,520 ratings  ·  115 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The human brain loves to form assumptions because long ago that adaptive quality could potentially lead to enduring survival. When Homo sapiens were tromping about 250,000 years ago, the ability to size up a potential friend or foe instantaneously could mean the difference between life or death. But what serves you well in the ancient plains, running from a lion, does not serve you particularly well when making snap judgments in the 21st century. We form instant thoughts and feelings about the s ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Milo is riding the subway with his sister. We don't know where they are going, but it is a weekly trip that takes a long time. Along the way he imagines the lives of fellow passengers and draws pictures of them -- going home to their pets, living in a castle, getting married, etc. Perhaps first impressions do not always give us an accurate picture. . . Where are Milo and his sister going? I will leave that for you to discover via the words and picture of the 'Last Stop On Market Street' creators ...more
There is so much to be said about this loaded, anti-bias book. I love it! I foresee storytime and activities that explore prejudice, assumptions, -isms, empathy, criminal justice, and family.
Ann Santori
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I MEAN, we knew it would be good, but DAMN. Really subtle incorporation of an incarcerated parent, which is very rare in children's lit, gorgeous art, emotional narrative arc. Fantastic. *I received a free e-ARC from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.* ...more
Abby Johnson
How much can you tell about someone by the way they look? As Milo and his sister take the subway together, Milo distracts himself from his worries about their errand by drawing pictures about the people he sees on the train. When they get off and get into line at the prison to visit their mother, Milo spies one of the boys he saw on the train and realizes that his drawing was completely wrong. Maybe he needs to reimagine the drawings in his sketchbook.

This is a powerful story about the judgments
Haidee Cardoso
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This picture book was excellent! It turned out to be a much deeper book than I had expected. It also has amazing illustrations courtesy of Christian Robinson (who illustrated another favorite picture book of mine, Carmela Full of Wishes). But this book's environment felt authentic and almost like you were with Milo and his big sister the entire time. It also had a thought-provoking ending (which can be a hit or miss with picture books meant for children) that left me thinking afterwards.

When people look down their noses at academics who study children’s literature because it isn’t literary or highbrow enough, books like MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD are the perfect example that children’s literature is literary, layered, complex, and worthy of study — while also being really beautiful and necessary storytelling for children to experience.

In MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD, he is on a long subway ride with his sister and he is very nervous about the destination in which he is going. To pass
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
And yet another reason why I LOVE picture books.
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book normalizes a child going to visit an incarcerated parent without being overbearing. Well done.
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful and beautiful picture book in every way. Quite possibly Robinson's best artwork yet. ...more
Jenn Adams
Wow. I could tell from the beginning that I was going to love this, but that ending was really powerful. Sometimes picture books with a deep/heavy message come across too didactic and don't actually make and enjoyable story for the kids who are supposed to be the audience. But this was SOO well-done. Milo anxiously rides the subway and imagines the lives of the people around him. He likes to draw the stories he comes up with his head, and to do so he tends to make assumptions about people, as we ...more
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is really fantastic: great story details, awesome art by Christian Robinson, and even some character development as it leads into a brother and sister visiting their incarcerated mom.
From the wonderful team that brought happiness in their books Last Stop on Market Street and Carmela Full of Wishes comes Milo, on a subway trip with his sister, imagining the people on the train and parts of their lives. He has a sketchbook and a vivid imagination. There's a whiskered man, a boy in a suit, a wedding-dressed woman, others, too. Milo's sister (older) is playing a game on her phone while Milo sketches stories for the people. There is an epiphany at the end, of Milo's and of mine. ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous. Touching. Brilliant. Perfect.
Mary Lee
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pov, picture-book, 2021
What a gift from the universe (and from two talented creatives)! Gorgeous and important. Just the right book to use in our exploration of bias/assumptions/stereotypes.
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Excitement stacked on top of worry
on top of confusion
on top of love.”

Perspective, people watching, & a subway ride full of unique characters; Dynamic duo Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson have given us another book full of color & community in Milo Imagines the World!
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Breathtaking, tbh.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, mature, gentle picture book about "daring to imagine beyond first impressions" by the duo that brought you the magic "Last Stop on Market Street". With lovely detailed illustrations, this book tells the story of Milo, a little kid riding the NYC subway with his older sister. Milo is nervous about something. He's a "shook-up soda. Excitement stacked on top of worry on top of confusion on top of love." To keep himself occupied, Milo draws his interpretation of what the lives of his fe ...more
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Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The award winning duo behind Last Stop On Market Street and Carmella Full of Wishes, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, are back at it with their latest release, Milo Imagines The World.

In this book, we follow a young boy named Milo as he and his older sister take their monthly Sunday subway ride to visit their mother.

As we follow Milo on his commute, he observes the people around him and draws their lives as he imagines them to be. In Milo’s drawings, a young boy in a suit becomes a prince
Jennifer Noonan
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Maybe you can’t really know anyone just by looking at their face.”

I really liked this book, and it’s message. You never know where someone is coming from, or where they are going. We may have way more in common than we think. The illustrations beautifully capture the playfulness and imagination of this little protagonist. I can’t remember reading a picture book from the perspective of a child with a parent in prison. But there are plenty of those children out there, and this will speak to them,
Stephanie A-M
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The dynamic duo team up once more to share the inner thoughts of a young artist capturing the world as he rides the New York City subway. Milo has a bag of crayons and a gigantic imagination. When Milo reaches his final destination I actually gasped. I am certain there will be many children who read this book who will feel seen and validated...they will see themselves in Milo. I read Last Stop on Market Street first and then Milo...I hope these two continue to work together. I like the character ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Mrs Heidrich
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC.

Milo and his sister are on the subway and he imagines what all the people on the train are doing and what their lives are like; he draws them while on the subway. At one stop, another boy gets on and Milo notices how well dressed he is. There are clues in the story that indicate Milo might not be well off like how he feels when they cross into the "fancy neighbourhood". Milo is surprised when the boy and his father get off on the same stop and he sees them lined u
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, bipoc
I loved this. I was curious about why there were so many 1 or 2 star ratings, and not a single one has a review to accompany it. I find this suspicious, so I'm breaking my rule of not counting picture books to give it a five-star rating. ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: winter21-books
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Maisie Iven
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a gentle, kind way to introduce kids to a topic that can be hard to explain. I think de la Pena and Robinson are doing such great work creating tools for all sorts of families to have productive discussions!
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I'm not crying. It's just been raining on my face. ...more
Amanda Harrison
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An absolute treasure, children's literature is certainly as high of an art as any other ...more
Stacey DeCotis (Reading in the Middle Grades)
So far my favorite PB of 2021. So much to unpack, notice, and discuss.
Meagan Schnoor
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beauty in the ordinary. Wonderfully written and illustrated.
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Matt de la Peña is the New York Times best-selling, Newbery-medal-winning author of six young adult novels and four picture books. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing and ...more

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