Imagine! by Raúl Colón | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –A young boy skateboards across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

redstarCOLÓN, Raúl. Imagine! illus. by Raúl Colón. 48p. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Sept. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481462730.

PreS-Gr 2 –A young boy skateboards across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. There he encounters works by some of the most famous artists in the collection: Rousseau, Picasso, and Matisse. The enchanting figures leap off their canvases and join the boy on a tour of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, and Coney Island before returning to their frames. On his way home, the newly inspired child envisions painting murals on the sides of the buildings he passes and falls asleep with his head filled with the images he’s internalized. In an author’s note, Colón explains that he never saw original art in museums as a child, but was overwhelmed with emotion when he encountered the paintings as an adult. His wordless picture book captures the drama of a personal artistic experience and the lasting impact it can have. The paintings he represents in his subtly textured pencil, lithograph, and watercolor illustrations are recognizable to those who know them and captivating even for those meeting them for the first time. ­VERDICT A compelling introduction to the power of art and an irresistible invitation to creativity, to boot. Best shared one-on-one or with a small group, with plenty of time to pore over the brilliant images within.–Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY

This review was published in the School Library Journal July 2018 issue.

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