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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 Pena 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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 40
Weight: 412 g
Dimensions: 272 x 207 x 13 mm
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 Pena'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 *
A text that flows like poetry . . . Glorious. * The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, *
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 *
It's an incredibly winning story about a child's ability to reimagine. It is not just a book for so-called 'disadvantaged children', but a book for any child with a mind that could grow as big as Milo's -- Andy West * Inside Time magazine *
A moving, powerful and important book that challenges assumptions. Milo's physical and emotional worlds are brought vividly to life through the lyrical text and fantastic illustrations, which depict Milo's journey and, in a different, childish style, his drawings. * The School Librarian *
A perceptive book and one which shows you can't judge by appearances * Book Gift Blogger *
Stunningly illustrated, and written with real heart and compassion, this is a tale of our times told with simplicity and honesty * Lancashire Evening Post *
A lovely, lovely book and one that any child will cherish. * Armadillo magazine *
A hugely affecting picture book about not judging people by appearances and a rare children's book that tackles the experience of being a child with a parent in prison, Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson's beautiful story is both wise and accessible. * BookTrust *
This is an emotive book about not judging others and being accepting and understanding. * Juno magazine *
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