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Milo is on a long subway ride with h is older sister. To pass the time, he studies the faces around him and makes pictures of their lives. There’s the whiskered man with the crossword puzzle; Milo imagines him playing solitaire in a cluttered apartment full of pets. There’s the wedding-dressed woman with a little dog peeking out of her handbag; Milo imagines her in a grand cathedral ceremony. And then there’s the boy in the suit with the bright white sneakers; Milo imagines him arriving home to a castle with a drawbridge and a butler. But when the boy in the suit gets off on the same stop as Milo–walking the same path, going to the exact same place–Milo realizes that you can’t really know anyone just by looking at them.

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Indie Bestseller
  • Six Starred Reviews
  • 2022 Bank Street Josette Frank Award Winner
  • A New York Times Best Book of the Year
  • Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Year
  • A Common Sense Media Best Book of the Year
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year
  • Shelf Awareness Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • A Horn Book Best Book of the Year
  • A BCCB 2021 Blue Ribbon Book
  • 2022 NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books List
  • A Chicago Public Library Best Picture Book of the Year
  • A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
  • An ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • BCALA Best of the Best 2021 Booklist
  • Finalist for the 2022 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • 2022 NCTE/CLA Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Award

“Bright, fun, whimsical . . . An absolutely wonderful book for kids.” Good Morning America

“Exquisite . . . Ends with a heartfelt punch.” The TODAY Show

“Brilliant.” The New York Times Book Review

★ “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, starred review

★ “A memorable, thought-provoking story poised to make a difference for many.”—Kirkus, starred review

“Robinson intersperses scenes of his signature cut-paper collage artwork . . . with images of Milo’s sketchbook, and the child-like drawings in thick crayon lines not only give insight into his imagination but his heart . . . An excellent conversation-starter for modern times.”Booklist, starred review 

★ “A text that flows like poetry . . . Glorious.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

★ ” This poignant, thought-provoking story speaks volumes for how art can shift one’s perspectives and enable an imaginative alternative to what is . . . or seems to be.”—The Horn Book, starred review

★ “Readers of Milo Imagines the World will feel compassion stacked on top of heartache on top of humility on top of hope.” — Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Pictures brimming with activity, an endearing main character, and threads for thinking about art, families, and what we see in others make this a book that will hold up to many readings.”—School Library Journal

“A classic in the making.” —BookPage