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We all remember what it was like to be a child in a crowded art museum. It was hard to see, let alone appreciate the art. It got tiring. And there was so much else to look at! That's the lesson of this ingeniously simple yet profound book about art. It is everywhere-from another visitor's elaborate tattoos to the way the sun makes patterns of light on the floor. While other visitors are busy trying to find their way through the museum's galleries, or fighting for room to view a masterpiece, our hero examines the gallery upside down from a bench, plays with his shadow, and makes friends with the custodian. With a wink and a nod to serious museum-goers everywhere, Joanne Liu's whimsical illustrations remind us that sometimes the best kind of art is the kind you make yourself.

My Museum Reviews | Toppsta

9783791373195
  • ISBN: 9783791373195
  • Pub Date: 21st August 2017
  • Publisher: Prestel
  • Imprint: Prestel
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 32

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10th September '17
I read it to Flynn aged 4 aged 4
My Museum 9783791373195
5 stars
This book is very interesting and very abstract. It follows a small boy's journey through a museum and by following the boy and what he looks at you find lots of different ways of approaching the whole subject of art. There are no words in the book but this means it is a great way to start a conversation with young children about museums and the different art inside of them. The book forces you to talk about everything you see with your child and to create words where there are none. The pictures themselves are very colourful and although they appear simple there is a lot of detail throughout the book. The child in the book takes in everything around the museum including the people and the animals. The boy plays with light and shadow as well as perspective by literally looking at everything upside down. There are also lots of famous paintings featured in the book and again this gives a great opening for talking about art with your child. This book has a lot to give and we really enjoyed it.
11th September '17
I read it to PHanke aged 2 aged 2
My Museum 9783791373195
5 stars
What a beautiful, unique book. The illustrations are rich and vibrant and I loved discussing with my daughter all the different things we could see on each page. A book for all ages. 
11th September '17
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 2 aged 2
My Museum 9783791373195
5 stars
This is a beautiful picture book that Sophie absolutely loves. She was saying Wow! She loved pointing everything out. We're going to our local art museum soon so this was a nice introduction for her. She loved following the little boy, especially the view from upside down, she laughed at that. She loved positing out the different hair colours and styles and she especially loved the people's expressions whilst they looked at picasso. A very lovely book. Brilliant illsutrations. Lovely hardback book. A nice letter to go with it that Sophie loved reading.
25th October '17
I read it to FWK9 aged 5 aged 5
My Museum 9783791373195
5 stars
This book is absolutely brilliant. You join a young boy walking through a museum filled with art as he discovers the world itself is filled with art just like you find within a museum. The wordless book has meant my 4 year old and I each tell a different story each time we share it as we spot new things in the pictures. 
It is entirely engaging and a wonderful concept for a book.  
8th September '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
My Museum 9783791373195
5 stars
I thought perhaps that my very-nearly-three-year-old wouldn’t be too keen on this book due to the lack of story (there are no words in the book, only pictures) but I could not have been more wrong. She LOVED it and we spent ages on every page, going back to bits that we liked to look at them again. We recently went to a David Hockney exhibition with her and she spent a long time playing with the little barriers that stop you going to getting too close to the pictures and we talked about that and about what it’s like to be a child in a museum. We also talked about the Rothko pictures in great detail wondering why anyone would paint them like that and about all the colours. I was frankly amazed and delighted that it held her attention so long. We particularly enjoyed the part where the child was making shadows to look like the artwork and tried to do a bit of this ourselves. I loved that it showed that children (and all of us) can find beauty and art everywhere – like the windows and the snail. The book is printed on a pleasant matt paper which is nice to hold and even taking it out the envelope got a fantastically-excited reaction from my daughter. As you can probably tell we both love it and it has created a real excitement in our house. It’s a long time since a book has had such a big effect on us. 
8th September '17
I read it to Brobee aged 5 aged 5 & to Toodee aged 3 aged 3
My Museum 9783791373195
5 stars
We really loved exploring this book. The pictures are so clever, they compare a famous work of art to something a little boy sees within a museum. There are no words but this allowed our conversation to take over. My 3 year old saw so many things that I'd not noticed. It's a beautiful introduction to modern art and I'm sure it could be appreciated by much older children too.
10th September '17
I read it to eric_ aged 4 aged 4
My Museum 9783791373195
5 stars
This is quite a different style of book, I would say it's a "modern book". Like with modern art, this book doesn't have any "description", you have to observe it and talk about it based on the visual/illustrations and that's the only "language" of the book. So I wasn't sure if my son would like it, but he really did! There's always a page of a famous modern artist in a museum and then there's a little kid not necessarily analyzing the paintings, but enjoying daily things that relate to the art paintings and showing us different perspectives. Some of the famous artists are Miro, Mondrian, Picasso, Twombly, Monet, and Rothko. He laughed so much with the upside down page.. 

It's interesting how they choose the famous art paintings, some of them are "easy" for a kid to paint as well, so my son has made his own versions of some of them and now our house feels like our own museum.
7th September '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3
My Museum 9783791373195
4 stars
This was a fun book but not to be bought if your looking for a story as it has no words, only lovely pictures. My 3 year old enjoyed the pictures and we talked about all the different parts of the illustrations. Wshe was excited to spot that the child in the picture is always doing something that mirrors the art in some way and took great delight in working out what he was doing on each page and how it linked to the art. 
We have not been to an art museum with her yet but I will be reading this again before we do! A nice way to introduce different aspects of art and how art is all around us. 
6th September '17
I read it to Ibby aged 5 aged 5 & to Massi aged 8 months aged 0
My Museum 9783791373195
3 stars
I am a bit unsure about this book. There are no words, just pictures. In one way it is good because it encourages kids to talk about what they see. And it helps children to understand that art is all around them. It's good if you are going to or have been to an art museum such as the Tate. But the fact that there are no words means it is a bit odd. 
Pictures are great through. But lack of words is innovative. However, I am not sure if that is brilliant or a bit odd. 
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