Kid’s Book Review: Milo Imagines the World

Kid’s Book Review: Milo Imagines the World

About the Book and Author

This story book for young children is a warm and richly satisfying story filled with family love from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling picture book duo Matt and Christian. It is about a little boy with a big imagination who learns that you can’t know anyone from their appearances.

Milo is on a train journey through the city with his older sister, looking at the faces of the other passengers and drawing pictures as he imagines their lives. You don’t know where Milo is going until the very end of the book so their journey becomes a mystery for readers to talk and speculate about.

Anyone who has ever travelled on public transport will relate to Milo’s journey having wondered about the destinations of their fellow passengers. Milo’s family circumstances are not often featured in children’s books. We like that a character who has a mother in prison is included here, and love the picture Milo has drawn for his Mum. In the UK this book is published by Pan Macmillan.

Milo Imagines the World
Matt de la Pena

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here and Superman: Dawnbreaker) and five picture books (including Last Stop on Market Street and Love). He lives in New York, USA. Visit his website to find out more about his other books.

Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (Putnam, 2015). One of our other reviewers enjoyed reading his picture book You Matter


Book Review

I really like this book because I love all the colourful pictures

I really like this book because I love all the colourful pictures.

I like how Milo imagines the world. He tries to imagine what people’s lives are like by looking at them.

At the end he realises that just looking at people’s faces doesn’t mean you know them. That is important to remember.

I like that he draws pictures to help himself stay calm on the train, that seems like a good thing to do. My favourite bit is where he calls himself a “shook up soda” because it sounds funny, but perhaps he is describing that feeling you get in your tummy when you are a bit worried sometimes…

A message from Noah’s Mum: I really liked this book too; the pictures are wonderful and it had an important message.

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Reviewer Profile

Noah young reviewer
  • Name: Noah
  • Age: 5 years
  • Likes: pizza, Lego and Andy and the Odd Socks
  • Dislikes: tomatoes and mosquitos
  • Favourite Book: My Encyclopedia of Very Important Dinosaurs
  • Favourite Film: The Return of Mary Poppins
  • Favourite Song: Best of You by Foo Fighters