Imagine!
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 after.

Imagine! Details

TitleImagine!
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
ISBN-139781481462730
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Art, Fiction, Fantasy

Imagine! Review

  • Anbolyn
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    This reminded me a lot of The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee. This is a wordless book in which the figures in 3 paintings come to life.
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful wordless book
  • Tonja Drecker
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 experiences to let inspiration flow as he heads back into his daily life.The illustrations are gorgeous and carry the entire book without the need for text or words. The illustrator presents New York as a rather brown, fairly monotone world before the boy steps into the museum and the colorful paintings bring brightness and life. The paintings are true to life existing ones, which in itself, presents a possibility for teachers/ parents to open up the world of art to young readers. When the boy heads out into New York with his new found, cheerful friends, they visit various sites and experience different activities, the city has to offer. Those who know New York will feel at home, while others learn a little more about the city. When the boy heads back out of the museum, his adventures complete, the dreary, brownish buildings are back, but the boy now uses his chalk to brighten them up, bringing color into the world with him.The various messages in this book and aspects offer a bounty of discussion material for children. Children are opened up to the world of art, taught how to digest and incorporate it into their lives and even learn other things along the way. I'll admit, the graffiti on the building made me flinch, and while the chalk aspect definitely helps, part of me isn't sure this was the best way to approach things. The other part, the artist, finds it wonderful and wishes all dreary walls were brightened. Hence, the 4.5 stars which I'm rounding up to 5 stars.Summed up, this is a wonderful book which would especially work well in classroom, homeschooling or other group situations. It's an effective and exciting way to introduce kids to the beauty of art and will leave them seeking inspiration of their own.I received a complimentary copy and found the book so original and well done that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
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  • Stephanie Bange
    January 1, 1970
    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 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), until it is time to go home. On the way home, he is inspired to share some of the magic he found in his own backyard/neighborhood.What a stunning book! Using only watercolors, Prismacolor pencils, and lithograph pencils on Arches paper, Colon shows this young man's wonder and transformation in his face, in his arms and legs, in his posture. The pieces of art jump out and back into their framed confines and the boy joins them in their own little world, dancing, singing, and playing joyously and free of life's burdens. The colors are stunning. The scenery is authentic. Simply magical visually! I appreciate the author note in the back. It really serves as a great artist's statement and encourages visiting art museums. Raul Colon, we are kindred spirits because I had a similar epiphany while viewing artwork in a museum for the very first time as an adult in Boston's Museum of Fine Art. I grew up with and bought books about art and enjoyed looking at art, however, it was when I saw my first framed Van Gogh hanging on the wall -- the colors were mind-blowingly vivid! -- that my world was expanded and turned upside down. I don't know why my parents never took us to an art museum while growing up, however this mother has dragged her two daughters to at least one major art museum in every major city that we have visited -- including Boston (I just adore the MFA), Washington DC, New York, Cleveland, San Francisco, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton. I hope others take this book to heart and have their own adventures in Artland...Highly recommended for all ages. This would be especially useful in art and creative writing classes.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 (Journey by Aaron Becker, and Harold and the Purple Crayon come to mind) things change quickly. Some of the characters interact with the boy and then step out of their frames to go on an adventure with him, outside of the museum. After returning the characters to the museum the boy returns home, but along the way he sees the side of what seems to be an abandoned, lonely looking building. He stops and paints a picture of the adventure he and his 'friends' just went on, finally returning home a changed boy. It was interesting to read about the artist's reasons for creating the book, which he details in his author's note. The choice of characters from real life paintings also makes for some interesting pondering. All in all a wonderful book about the possibilities of art and human creativity.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 rendered in watercolors, Prismacolor pencils, and lithograph pencils on Arches paper."
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  • Erin Buhr
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Carol Vanhook
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 book's end!
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  • Sandy Brehl
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Wordless bookThe vividly colored illustrations bring this story to life. A young man visits the Museum of Modern Art and the paintings come to life to share a day with him.As the title states, this is a terrific book to discuss dreaming and exploring new areas.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful wordless book. Inspiring for the artist in all of us. Hopefully, you will grab your children and head to the nearest museum after reading this lovely picture book. Colón's interest in the arts are shared. Seems like a companion to his book, DRAW! Both are based on his childhood.
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    wordless picture book. shows children how to use their imagination
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I liked most of this, though it didn't pull me in as much as Draw did.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Art literally comes to life in this beautiful wordless picture book celebrating imagination.
  • Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    A beautifully illustrated picture book. There are no words. The story is about a young boy who makes a trip by himself to the city's art museum and his experience there. Lovely.
  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    A wordless picture book that celebrates how art and creativity can impact someone's life. A young boy ends up a going on a wild adventure while visiting an art museum.
  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    Skateboarders can appreciate art too ;P
  • Kellie
    January 1, 1970
    No words
  • Dreaday
    January 1, 1970
    Graphic novel style picture book.
  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it, but I wasn't blown away for some reason.
  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    A wordless fantasy that shares the magic of art.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous book.
  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    Very good.
  • Jessica Furtado
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful tribute to art and imagination.
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