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By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Wordless book celebrates art with magical trip to museum.

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age 2+

Wonderful story that makes art dance

This is a wordless picture book with beautiful art both in how it is illustrated and as subject matter. My 3 year old enjoy the images and scenes of Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art. I enjoy a male character of color kids can relate to who also appreciates art. This is a winner of a book, gently sending positive messages.

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Joy jumps off the pages of this book, just as the characters pictured in the museum magically leap out of their iconic paintings. Imagine! effectively makes the case that museums need not be viewed as stodgy, out-of-reach places. In the author's note, author-illustrator Raúl Colón reveals that he himself didn't get to an art museum until he was an adult, so he's happy to swing open the museum door, inviting kids in.

Though the book is wordless, it has a well-crafted, engaging storyline. And the art's double the fun. Colón manages to recognizably depict the three actual paintings, while altering the figures just enough so they can dance and cavort through the streets of New York. The boy's a great role model. He looks so frothily happy, it's clear he's found his artistic home. And that box of colored chalk visible throughout in his back pocket? He puts it to very satisfying creative use at the end.

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