Imagine! by Raúl Colón


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.

Details Imagine!

Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Art

Reviews Imagine!

  • Anbolyn
    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.
  • 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.
  • Lindsey
    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
    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)
    Beautiful wordless book
  • Tonja Drecker
    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...
  • Stephanie Bange
    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), ...
  • Ali
    "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 piec...
  • Randi
    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 do...
  • Heidi
    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 you...
  • Dena (Batch of 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.Thi...
  • Rebecca
    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-...
  • Barbara
    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.
  • Erin Buhr
    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 illus...
  • 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 inclu...
  • Kris
    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.
  • Becca
    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.
  • 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.
  • Patricia McLaughlin
    Magical! A strong contender for the 2018 Caldecott Award, this beautifully illustrated, well-crafted wordless story shows the importance of art in children’s lives as experienced through the vivid imagination of a young dreamer. Colon’s renderings of New York City are gorgeous, and the museum pieces are glorious. Wow, what a treasure trove of delight!
  • Pam
    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.
  • Beth
    A young boy explores the Museum of Modern Art and soon finds himself so inspired that he takes some of the art subjects along with him on an adventure in the city. A beautiful and inspiring look at how inspiration follows us wherever we go.
  • Liz
    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.
  • Sheila
    wordless picture book. shows children how to use their imagination
  • Marcie
    1. I love The art.2. I want to pair it with Draw before visits to museums.3. Pair with Mordicai Gersteins 2016 The Sleeping Gypsy.
  • Kelly
    Beautifully illustrated wordless book that encourages the reader to use not only their own imagination, but to follow along with the main character's imagination.
  • Sam
    Art and imagination come together as a child wanders NYC.
  • Angie Moore
    Stunning wordless book!
  • Miss Sarah
    An imaginative book about a boy visiting a museam and imagining the character's of the painting journingthrough his day with him. Very imaginative but no words. Elementary and up
  • Edward Sullivan
    Art literally comes to life in this beautiful wordless picture book celebrating imagination.