by Raul Colon


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A wordless picture book celebrates the power of art and imagination.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Young artists will love this book, as will all children who know the joy of exploring their own imaginations.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“A strongly developed and executed account of a childhood fantasy, urging all young artists to dream and to draw.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A true celebration of where our imaginations can take us.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A marvelous wordless adventure in which a bedbound artist takes readers on safari via his imagination.”Shelf Awareness (starred review)

Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.

A boy alone in his room.
Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to go on safari?

A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then to draw a world afar—first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he finds himself in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination, seeing the world through his own eyes and making friends along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442494923
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 633,377
Product dimensions: 11.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Raúl Colón is the award-winning illustrator of many picture books, including Draw! an ALA Notable Book and recipient of the International Latino Book Award; Imagine! an ALA Notable Book, a New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, and a Bookpage Best Book; Susanna Reich’s José! Born to Dance; Angela’s Christmas by Frank McCourt; and Jill Biden’s Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. Mr. Colón lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.

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Draw! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ChemersGallery More than 1 year ago
We absolutely love Raul Colon. Every book gets better and better! This is the first book he has completed from concept to finished work all 100% Raul and it is so very clever. As an art gallery, we focus on his illustrations and were so delighted to see this new work. The story is beautifully and humorously told just through pictures. Without words the storyline rings clear!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Nothing to read here just look at the illustrations and the story just comes alive. Imagine going on a safari without ever leaving your room. With paper, pencils and gigantic book of Africa within your grasp you are transported into the jungle to create your own adventure. With a canteen slung over his shoulder and a backpack stuffed full of sandwiches, this boy befriends an elephant who stands patiently as the boy sets off to draw his first African animal still-life. Riding high on the elephant, seeing the landscape spread out before him, he spies zebras, giraffes, lions, gorillas, and rhinos, just some of the animals on his African journey. With his supplies at his side, he’s ready to draw. It’s quite an adventure for such a young lad, hanging from trees, running from wild beasts, and I’m glad he’s brought enough sandwiches as the animals are hungry as they sit while he draws. His journey is almost over and it’s something he’ll always remember. The pictures he drew? He’s got a special place to take them and I think he might even have a story to tell but any words you want to include, go ahead….I don’t think he would mind. There was something about the illustrations, the peacefulness of the animals as they stood to be drawn. The lightening of the African sun and these pictures had a brush stroke feature, a wave line throughout them that was unique; I really enjoyed that on the animals and on the trees. The animals did look life-like and that is a real plus.