Milo Imagines The World

Matt de la Pena

Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Ages 3-5
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04 February 2021
40 pages

Milo Imagines the World is a warm and richly satisfying story from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling picture book duo, about a little boy with a big imagination who learns that you can't know anyone just by looking at them. Set in a bustling city, and full of a family love that binds even in difficult circumstances.

Milo is on a train journey through the city with his older sister, looking at the faces of the other passengers and drawing pictures of their lives. The whiskered man with a crossword puzzle he imagines playing solitaire in a cluttered flat full of pets. The little boy in bright white trainers he imagines living in a castle with a moat and a butler. But when the little boy gets off at the same stop and joins the same queue as him, Milo realises that you can't judge by appearances and that we are all more alike than we are different: both boys are visiting their mothers in prison.

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson once again deliver a hugely powerful and enjoyable picture book, full of rich details both to look at and to talk about. Anyone who has ever travelled on public transport will relate to Milo's journey.

Full of life, hope and love, this is a remarkable picture book with a strong, lyrical text and outstanding illustrations, not to be missed.

Irish Independent

A little boy's train journey through a bustling city reveals that we are all more alike than we are different. Tender and compelling, from the duo behind Last Stop on Market Street, which won the Newbery Medal in the US

The Bookseller

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.