Mohrbooks Literary Agency
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G.P. Putnam's Sons BFYR (2021-02-02)
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Final Pages
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Children’s picture books


by de la Peña, MattRobinson, Christian

The team behind the Newbery Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street and the award-winning New York Times bestseller Carmela Full of Wishes once again delivers a poignant and timely picture book that's sure to become an instant classic.

Milo is on a long subway ride with his 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.

Matt de la Peña is the Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street. He is also the author of the award-winning picture books Carmela Full of Wishes, Love, and A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, and seven critically acclaimed young-adult novels. Matt teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country. You can visit Matt at or on Twitter @mattdelapena.
Christian Robinson received a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street. He is the author and illustrator of the picture books Another and You Matter, and he has illustrated many more, including Carmela Full of Wishes, the Gaston and Friends series, School's First Day of School, and The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade. You can visit Christian at or on Instagram @theartoffun.

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Virtual event with Matt de la Pena & Christian Robinson (February 2 at 6 PM ET)

Quote: Brooklyn Public Library & Greenlight Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY)

[R]eaders of Milo Imagines the World will feel compassion stacked on top of heartache on top of humility on top of hope.

Review: Shelf Awareness, starred review

MILO is a Kirkus Best Books of 2021 Horn Book Fanfare 2021 BCCB Blue Ribbons List 2021 Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2021 Shelf Awareness Best Children's Books of the Year New York Public Library Best Books of 2021 Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2021 Barnes & Noble Best Books of the Year Amazon Best Books of the Year AV Club's Best Picture Books of 2021 holiday gift guide

Quote: Best Books

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.

Review: School Library Journal

The Daily Smile Podcast featured an interview with Christian Robinson in the episode "Christian Robinson Imagines the World"

Quote: The Daily Smile Podcast

Penguin Classroom IG Chat with both author & illustrator (November 2020)

Quote: Penguin Classroom IG

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.

Review: Horn Book, starred review

Virtual event with Christian Robinson (Feb. 13)

Quote: Parents Book Club Instagram Live Chat


Review: The New York Times Book Review

Sweet yet poignant... Manages to be sophisticated while also bringing in the joy and wonder associated with picture books.

Review: The San Diego Union-Tribune

...Inspired by Christian Robinson's childhood experiences, Milo Imagines The World is a beautiful story that reminds us all not to judge a book by its cover. The lyrical text encourages us to practice understanding and love before judgement. I have a feeling this one will be an instant classic, and I can't recommend it enough....

Review: Mutually Inclusive

[T]his book gently challenges the assumptions we might make about the people around us... An excellent conversation-starter or modern times.

Review: Booklist, starred review

Virtual event with Matt de la Pena & Christian Robinson (February 5 at 2 PM PT)

Quote: San Francisco Public Library (San Francisco, CA)

A thoughtfully crafted addition to the small canon of books about children with an incarcerated parent, this sweet but never saccharine story is a classic in the making.

Review: BookPage

UK/ANZ: Two Hoots/Macmillan ; Catalan: Libros del Zorro Rojo ; Chinese (complex): Global Kids Books ; Chinese (simplified): Citic ; Danish: Gutkind ; Dutch: Querido ; French: Editions d'Eux ; Italian: Salani ; Japanese: Suzuki ; Korean: BookGoodCome ; Spanish: Libros del Zorro Rojo ; Thai: Bookscape

Quote: Putnam

MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD was nominated for the 2022 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal this week!

Quote: Putnam

A text that flows like poetry.

Review: BCCB, starred review


Quote: YouTube

MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD is a 2022 ALA Notable Children's Books (excluding the ALA award winners), which identifies "the best of the best in children's books"!

Quote: Putnam

Milo Imagines the World is a New York Times and Indie Bestseller!

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Virtual event with Matt de la Pena & Christian Robinson (February 4 at 6 PM ET)

Quote: East City Bookshop (Washington, D.C.)

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.

Review: Publishers Weekly, starred review

Exquisite... Ends with a heartfelt punch.

Review: The TODAY Show

NBC's "TODAY All Day" (Peacock) and (15.8 million UVPM) featured a profile of Christian Robinson as a part of their "Changemakers" series for Black History Month. The segment also features interviews with Matt de la Peña and Christian's grandmother.

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MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD is one of 8 titles shortlisted for this year's Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal! The Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards are the UK's longest running and best loved children's book awards.

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Featured Title in PYR's Black Voices Booklist, Distributed via Penguin Classroom social media & Penguin Classroom newsletter; Included in the ALA Midwinter Virtual Booth

Quote: Penguin Classroom

SLJ Fall Day of Dialog Illustrator Chat with CHRISTIAN ROBINSON

Quote: SLJ

Bright, fun, whimsical... An absolutely wonderful book for kids.

Review: Good Morning America

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast featured illustrations from MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD on the blog.

Quote: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

A great message for kids, and a good one for adults to be reminded of from time to time as well.

Review: The A.V. Club

With the same combination of wide-eyed observation and suspenseful buildup to a socially conscious revelation that readers cherished in this duo's award-winning Last Stop on Market Street (2015), this picture book offers a child's view of the impacts of incarceration on families. De la Peña's descriptive language and Robinson's innocent, endearing art make for another winning package. A memorable, thought-provoking story poised to make a difference for many.

Review: Kirkus, starred review

Author & Illustrator Study Guide - Distributed via Penguin Classroom social media & Penguin Classroom newsletter, Included in the ALA Midwinter Virtual Booth

Quote: Penguin Classroom

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