Imagine!

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 af...

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Title:Imagine!
Author:Raúl Colón
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Edition Language:English

Imagine! Reviews

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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), 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beverly

    This book reminded me a bit of The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee, because in both books, the paintings come to life, and figures in the paintings come out of the paintings.

    Imagine is a wordless book in which a young boy visits the Museum of Modern Art, and as he gazes at the paintings, figures from the paintings come out of the paintings and dance with him around the museum, and around New York City. The vibrant, textured paintings are rendered in watercolors, Prismacolor p

    This book reminded me a bit of The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee, because in both books, the paintings come to life, and figures in the paintings come out of the paintings.

    Imagine is a wordless book in which a young boy visits the Museum of Modern Art, and as he gazes at the paintings, figures from the paintings come out of the paintings and dance with him around the museum, and around New York City. The vibrant, textured paintings are rendered in watercolors, Prismacolor pencils and lithograph pencils. The illustrations appear as full page spreads or panels, with smaller panels laid over some of the full page spreads. The effect is that of a joyous day spent with art.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    This is a beautifully illustrated book that kids (and

    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.

    This is a beautifully illustrated book that kids (and parents) will enjoy. Snag this one the next time you're at the library!

    Source: The publisher sent me a copy of this book.

  • Abigail

    A young boy skateboards across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan in this gorgeous wordless picture-book, eventually finding himself in front of the Museum of Modern Art. Going in on a (seeming) impulse, he is astonished by what he sees and engrossed in the artwork around him. Then some of the figures from famous paintings - Matisse's

    , Picasso's

    , and Rousseau's

    - step off their canvases, and join him on a tour of New York City's sites...

    A delightful trib

    A young boy skateboards across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan in this gorgeous wordless picture-book, eventually finding himself in front of the Museum of Modern Art. Going in on a (seeming) impulse, he is astonished by what he sees and engrossed in the artwork around him. Then some of the figures from famous paintings - Matisse's

    , Picasso's

    , and Rousseau's

    - step off their canvases, and join him on a tour of New York City's sites...

    A delightful tribute to the power of art to inspire us, its ability to lead us on fantastic journeys, Raúl Colón's

    is a worthy follow-up to his

    , another wordless picture-book that pays tribute to some of the influences (in that case, a massive tome on Africa) that shaped him as a young artist. As the afterword here makes plain, this is less of an autobiographical tale - apparently, Colón didn't enter MoMA until he was an adult - and more of an imaginative take on how such an experience

    have influenced him. The artwork itself, done in watercolors and pencils, is (appropriately enough) simply beautiful. Recommended to Raúl Colón fans, to those who enjoy wordless picture-books, and to anyone looking for children's stories about art, museums and/or New York City.

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