PB Review / Milo Imagines the World

milo-pbBook: Milo Imagines the World (2021)
Author: Matt de la Peña
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Genre: Picture Book

Opening Lines of the Book…
What begins as a slow, distant glow grows and grows into a tired train that clatters down the tracks. A cool rush of wind quiets into a screech of steel, and when the doors slide open, Milo slips aboard.


Read that opening? THAT is SO New York City! I loved being immersed into the NYC subway system with  Milo and his sister as they go to visit their mom. (It’s a mystery about where their mom is.) However, Milo keeps busy by people-watching. And he makes up stories to go with each person he sees.

And that’s when the boy with the perfect bright white shoes steps on the subway car. Milo thinks he must be a prince or something very fine. But what I love about this book is that Milo’s expectations (and ours) are subverted. I won’t spoil it, but we are invited to see that there’s often more to the world than what we see.

I love the illustrations, especially “Milo’s art,” which gave it such a realistic feel.

Thank you to Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle @KimberlyBiddle4 for recommending this book to me!



12 months to read 12 books recommended by 12 friends…

This picture book review is part of a monthly challenge I’ve set for myself. I’ve asked my friends on Twitter to recommend picture books they’ve enjoyed reading (published within the past 3 years). I will choose to feature one each month.

Note: The original 12 Challenge isn’t necessarily just for picture books. But I’ve set it up this way for my own challenge.


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