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A wordless picture book about a visit to the museum and the power of art and imagination.

After passing a city museum many times, a boy finally decides to go in. He passes wall after wall of artwork until he sees a painting that makes him stop and ponder. Before long the painting comes to life and an afternoon of adventure and discovery changes how he sees the world ever af
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was really creative and so visually stunning. It made me smile all the way through. I love how it illustrates the power of art and the worth in visiting art museums.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Raúl Colón Fans / Readers Who Enjoy Wordless Picture-Books and/or Stories About Art
A young boy skateboards across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan in this gorgeous wordless picture-book, eventually finding himself in front of the Museum of Modern Art. Going in on a (seeming) impulse, he is astonished by what he sees and engrossed in the artwork around him. Then some of the figures from famous paintings - Matisse's Icarus, Picasso's Three Musicians, and Rousseau's The Sleeping Gypsy - step off their canvases, and join him on a tour of New York City's sites...

A delightful trib
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A boy ventures into New York City's Museum of Modern Art, and animals and people from many paintings join the boy as he travels around the city.

It's a wordless story with beautiful art, and it's full of exuberance and creativity and magic.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved that this book wordlessly showed the power of art and art museums. I loved that a boy, by himself, went to the museum and using his imagination connected to the artwork on the walls.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful wordless story of the joy of city living and visiting local museums.
Liza Wiemer
Mix museum paintings and imagination and you have a clever picture book! Definitely could see this used in the classroom to inspire the imagination.
Stephanie Bange
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great personification of how art feeds the soul, this example is visual art...

Based loosely on his own experience, Colon wordlessly delivers a magical fantasy about a boy who follows a pigeon on his skateboard from his house to the art museum, where he stops to see what is inside. He experiences the magic of art for the first time, spending the afternooon on adventures with the subjects of three famous paintings: The Sleeping Gypsy (Rousseau), The Three Musicians (Picasso), and Icarus (Matisse
Dena (Batch of Books)
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a wordless picture book about a boy who decides to go to an art museum. As he becomes engrossed in the paintings, the artwork comes to life!

I've always loved wordless books. There's a beautiful art to telling a story only through pictures. While I adore the story of a young boy discovering a new passion and having an adventure in an art museum, I also love the subtle message to step outside your comfort zone and experience new things.

This is a beautifully illustrated book that kids (and
Tonja Drecker
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful tribute to art and inspires young readers to experience, and then incorporate it into their lives.

A boy heads off to the art museum in New York with a box of chalk in his back pocket. At the museum, he gazes at the different pieces of art when one comes alive and dances with him. Soon, the figures from other paintings come to life, and with a colorful group, he heads to the city. When the adventure finally ends and they return to their paintings, the boy uses these experience
I love this book for several reasons. I love the book because of the gorgeous art. Colon has become one of my favorite illustrators for this reason. The second thing I love about the book is the theme revolving around the power of imagination to help see and experience things we couldn't otherwise. In the book which is wordless, a young boy leaves his home, crosses a bridge, and visits an art museum. But as in so many other books that involve youngsters interacting with art in unusual ways (Jour ...more
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I enjoyed the setup: a boy skateboards over a bridge (that I'm too lazy to look up to see which New York City bridge it was) to go to the Guggenheim. Once there, he has adventures with paintings. Because the people in the paintings come to life and hang out with him. You know, like they do. There were some amusing situations with the boy and the characters in the paintings.

The illustrations were nice, in that blurry way. I didn't love the boy's face. It looked fairly
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-general
This book reminded me a bit of The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee, because in both books, the paintings come to life, and figures in the paintings come out of the paintings.
Imagine is a wordless book in which a young boy visits the Museum of Modern Art, and as he gazes at the paintings, figures from the paintings come out of the paintings and dance with him around the museum, and around New York City. The vibrant, textured paintings are rendered in watercolors, Prismacolor p
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Beautiful wordless book
Stephanie Croaning
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a celebration of art and creativity. May they both always infuse our daily lives!

Picture book, wordless, fiction
by Raul Colon
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018
5 out of 5 stars

In the author's note in the back of the book, Colon talks about how he never had the opportunity to visit an art museum as a child. His interactions with art were all secondhand, through pictures in books. When he first saw Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night in person, as an adult, he was overwhelm
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
"Imagine!" by Raúl Colón is a wordless picture book about a young boy's visit to an art museum in New York City. This book follows his adventures through the museum as the art exhibits come to do life and dance with him across the pages. The art pieces and he explore the city around them for the rest of the day. He even creates his own masterpiece on the side of a building with chalk. Before long, he returns home but still imagines the art pieces dancing through the night. After reading the auth ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story depicts the visit of a boy living in New York City to the Museum of Modern Art. What he sees there transforms his life, as the paintings come to life, and the characters depicted in the works of art accompany him on a journey around the city.

The story takes them all, via subway, to Coney Island for a ride in that storied amusement park’s roller coaster, the Cyclone, and then to the top of the Statue of Liberty. They patronize a hot dog stand and play in Central Park before returning to
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This wordless picture book invites readers to be inspired by fine art in a playful yet profound way. A boy skateboards over to the Museum of Modern Art. He views several paintings that make him stop and look. Soon the paintings have come to life with the boy entering the scene and the characters in the paintings entering the real world. Together they all traverse New York City and have several seminal experiences together. They climb the Statue of Liberty, ride the Cyclone, take the subway, and ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Imagine by Raul Colon. PICTURE BOOK. Simon and Schuster, 2018. $18.00. 9781481462730



A young boy heads into New York City to visit the Museum of Modern art. As he begins looking through the museum, the artwork comes to life and joins him on his tour. Musicians, lions, and dancers follow the boy through the museum and out the doors. Together they discover and enjoy the many sights to see throughout New York City. Finally, it is time fo
David Freudenburg
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Testless story of a boy in Brooklyn who has a wonderful and wondrous day. He begins by traveling to MOMA on his skateboard. Some of the characters in the paintings step out and join him dancing, singing, and playing music right there in the museum. Then they go on a fun tour of NYC. They ride the elevated 4 train, they ride the Cyclone at Coney Island, they go up to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, they have a dirty dog at a cart on the street, they sit on the grass in Central Park and sing a ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always love Raul Colon's artwork. Here, in this wordless book, he explores the world of art through the eyes of a boy who rides his skateboard to the Museum of Modern Art. The artwork literally comes alive, and the painted characters step through the frame to join him in a day of fun in NYC. At the end of the day, they all return home. He is inspired to create a mural on the side of a building to commemorate the day!

In an afterword, Colon writes about his childhood, his artistic influences an
Alicia Evans
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was so engaging! It reminded me a lot of the David Weisner books that I love. The illustrations were captivating and the lack of text makes for a very strong picture walk book. The message was also lovely--go out and spread happiness and thrive with imagination. I'd recommend this one for sure.

For: readers looking to explore a wordless book; fans of picture walk books; fans of art and imagination.

Possible red flags: The art coming to life may be odd/scary for some readers, so readers m
Art begets art. In this wordless book, a young boy visits MOMA in New York (by himself!) and some of the characters in his favorite paintings (detailed in the Author's Note) break out of their frames and join him on a romp through the city. When they return in the evening, the boy is inspired to make his own creation in his neighborhood (did you see the chalk in his back pocket the whole time?).

Raul Colon has a very unique, almost scratch-board-esque style. "The illustrations for this book are
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Imagine! is another wonderful wordless picture book by Raul Colon to share with kids 4 - 8 during family reading time. Have the kids tell you the story about a boy who visits the Museum of Modern art and befriends the characters in many of the paintings there. The more stories kids tell in their own words, the better their sentence structure and writing will become. Museum trips will never be the same again.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A young boy visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. As he experiences the artwork, several of the painting come to life (including Picasso's Three Musicians and Rousseau's The Sleeping Gypsy) and the boy imagines showing these new friends around his city.

What a brilliant idea! This is a great wordless book to show to a child before their first visit to a major museum, or to spark the creativity of an art student.
Erin Buhr
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This wordless book follows a boy as he visits the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for the first time. I love the way the pictures come to life for the boy. They dance with him across the city and it is fun to spot different popular spots around New York in the pictures. This book reminds me a bit of KATIE MEETS THE IMPRESSIONISTS but more abstract - like the art he discovers perhaps. I love the wonder that is captured in the beautiful illustrations.
Carol  Vanhook
Imagine! Based on his own childhood love of art & museums, Raul Colon shows, in a wordless story, a boy going to an art museum one day. While there, famous art by Picasso, Rousseau, & Matisse come alive & interact with him. When it is time to go home, he escorts each characters back to its original work. On the way home, he creates a mural of these characters interacting. Isn't that what an artist hopes? Inspire us to IMAGINE & create! Raul includes an inspirational note at the b ...more
Whay a great book! Aptly named Imagine, it requires the reader to imagine what is happening as the pages turn. Many details will appear as you gaze at the illustrations, love the use of line to draw the eyes to important features in the art. So joyful! Be sure to read the authors note at the end.

Recommended for all ages.
I really like Raul Colon's work, and am sad that he never seems to get a nod from the Caldecott committee. Truthfully, my favorite this year for that award is a different title not done by Mr. Colon, but I wouldn't cry if he won. I first became aware of this artist when I read "Tomas and the Library Lady." Lovely, lovely work.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am reading this for a mock Caldecott lesson...this wordless picture book features a young man who visits the Museum of Modern Art and imagines that he takes the characters from the paintings out of the museum and on a field trip around the city.
Sandy Brehl
A wordless homage to New york City, to MOMA, to engaging with art, to dreaming and to curiosity. Readers of many ages will find it appealing and intriguing, with a likely newfound interest in exploring art.
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New York City has been Raul's loyal patron, from illustrated New Yorker covers to an MTA mural at the 191st. St. subway station to work in the New York Times.

Along with all this 'grown up' work, Raul Colón is a most prolific and popular children's book illustrator, happy that his time is always committed to publishers for years hence. In recent years he is pleased that his work has been recognized
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