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By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Wildly imaginative wordless book celebrates art and drawing.

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This book has a wonderfully positive message: A young boy is so inspired by the book he's reading that he takes himself on an African safari just by drawing the animals in the book. The depth is in the details. Though the book is wordless, there's a story with a clear dramatic arc, and kids can inspect the art closely to "read" it. The page that shows his tender parting good-bye to the elephant speaks volumes.

Draw! also contributes to our canon of diverse children's books. In an author's note, Colón describes his childhood interest in art growing up in New York City and Puerto Rico, and the protagonist looks as if he could be Colón as a young boy. But all children can identify with this imaginative and adventurous young artist and take its directive -- draw! -- to heart.

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