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After being discarded on the floor of an art museum, Stub (a museum ticket) has nowhere to go until Daisy the docent’s helper (a name tag) finds him and offers him a tour of the museum. Stub meets a badge who keeps the artworks safe, a computer who archives them, and other characters who work there. From the director’s office to the library to the conservator’s studio to tAfter being discarded on the floor of an art museum, Stub (a museum ticket) has nowhere to go until Daisy the docent’s helper (a name tag) finds him and offers him a tour of the museum. Stub meets a badge who keeps the artworks safe, a computer who archives them, and other characters who work there. From the director’s office to the library to the conservator’s studio to the loading dock, Stub discovers who does what, and what goes on, behind the scenes at the museum. He even finds a home for himself among the museum’s many treasures!David Goldin combines actual artworks by famous artists, found pieces, and digital art to tell Stub’s sweet story. Filled with fun facts and a glossary, the book wonderfully introduces young readers to all that museums have to offer.Praise for Meet Me at the Art Museum:"It’s not as if the concept of a museum is obvious to a small child: How did all these paintings get here? Why can’t I touch them? And why is that painting here when it looks like my drawing on the fridge? To the rescue, Daisy, a name-tag docent, gives Stub, a torn ticket, a tour of the basics. Goldin’s easygoing text and clever collaged illustrations make Sunday afternoon excursions so much more explicable."—New York Times"An engaging and enlivening introduction for kids and adults alike."—Kirkus Reviews"The googly-eyed characters make it quite enjoyable to pick up the book and get a feel for what makes a museum work, explaining both public and private areas."—Booklist"The volume offers an adequate overview of museum operations."—School Library Journal"The book works best as a basic introduction to what a museum is and how it works; the paintings and sculptures are ID'd on the closing page."—Publishers Weekly"Overall, this book will entice children of all ages to want to take a trip to their nearest art museum to learn more about all the great people and things that go on there."—New York Journal of Books...

Title : Meet Me at the Art Museum: A Whimsical Look Behind the Scenes
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Meet Me at the Art Museum: A Whimsical Look Behind the Scenes Reviews

  • Monica Edinger
    2019-05-03 17:45

    I picked up this book thinking I'd love it. And I'm so sorry to report that it is not the case. There are all kinds of art museums some of which specialize in certain art (Folk Art Museum, Craft Museum), and some of which are of the big old sort ( Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago) that are filled with all sorts of art. This book looks in a general way at the latter. The book's subtitle is "A Whimsical Look Behind the Scenes" and I suppose it is whimsical as the tour is being given by a "docent's helper" (a name tag it seems) for a ticket stub. But there is a random quality to the choices made on what to feature that makes it an odd and unsuccessful at illuminating the art museum experience or what goes on behind the scenes for kids. There is something about how museums display "treasures" and that there are all sorts of museums and there are a few pages of looking at some treasure and a handful of ways to respond to the art that feels rather simplistic. There are pages about signage, about security, climate control, the cafe, the shop the mail room, conservation, the director's office, etc. All seems oddly random. There seem to be only two places where the art is actually sort-of identified in the text. One is on page 15 where there is a magnifying glass magnifying a "Made in China" label for what looks like an Egyptian work. Checking the Art Titles at the end (clearly not for the child audience) I see that it is " A replica of an ancient Egyptian papyrus, 2010, made in China." Huh? What is the point of that? The only other labeled art that I see is the "Fang Tribal art mask. Tribal art collection." on page 25. Why this of all things? The rest of the art is scattered about here and there in odd ways. Say on page 12 which is evidently the mail room with boxes labeled "sculpture without limbs" and "sculpture with limbs" which makes no sense to readers unfamiliar with ancient statuary and then has Starry Night and the Mona Lisa stuck behind the boxes. Who is that all for? Why? I wouldn't count on kids unfamiliar with art museums to recognize either. And if they don't what is the point of them being there?There are other books for young people on museum going that are far more successful than this one.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-05-04 16:41

    A great concept but the execution is disappointing.

  • LeeAnn Owens
    2019-05-11 23:04

    Summary: A broken ticket stub gets left behind at a museum one night and gets taken on a tour of the entire museum by Daisy, a name tag. Stub learns about who works in a museum and what you can find in a museum. Evaluation: This is a very creative way to teach children about museums. The author uses typically inanimate objects that you might see in a museum and brings them to life to talk about all of the important features in a museum. Teaching Point: I would want to use this book as a way to turn my own classroom into an exhibit of some sort. All of the students would get to play a role based on the roles identified in the book and all of the "artifacts" would be student made. Not only would this provide a creative outlet, it would be a fun way to learn about something that happened in history.

  • John
    2019-05-21 22:47

    Leaning against. Not listening. Not talking. Not listening. Touching. We can't touch in that museum, in fact. And there's a badge that says, "No touching!"

  • Mar Dixon
    2019-05-08 19:05

    Original posted on my website first heard of Meet Me at the Art Museum via Twitter when Museum Secrets tweeted how great the book was. I immediately knew I had to get my hands on it and was thrilled when it was sent to me.The book is told from the eyes of Stub, a entry ticket stub who was left on the floor of an art museum and missed by the cleaner during his routine. This leads to Stub meeting some of the people that work within the art museum. Author David Goldin creatively takes us with Stub on the journey through the art museum teaching us new vocabulary and jobs within most museums.Stub first meets docent’s helper Daisy who explains what a docent’s helper role is within a museum.‘The docent and I welcome visitors, take them on tours and explain what is kept here.’The two of them go on a journey through the art museum learning protocols starting with the coat check, leading to how to read signs within museums so you don’t get lost, why the temperature is important, why security is important and bigger things like what a gallery is.Along the journey through, Stub learns about different paintings and works such as sculptures. Stub also learns that it’s ok not to like all the items within the museum. I thought this was a brilliant touch as many adults still struggle with this concept. Daisy Docent explains that it’s up to the curator to choose items to go in a museum.‘He or she is like a detective, making sure each piece is the real thing and not a copy.’Lessons are learnt throughout the book including not touching the art work. This leads to a conversation with Badge from security about different ways museums kept their items safe.After a quick break in the café they head to a different floor. All along the tour, Stud wishes he could stay forever at the museum.Daisy takes Stub to the ancient relics area of the museum where Stub learns about so many different items within the museum leading to a discussion about the archivist catalog.‘Nothing gets in and nothing leaves without the archivist and me knowing about it,’ said a computer.'The tour continues through the education area, director’s office, shop and library where each section is explained to Stub. But there is one more room .. the room where ‘damaged treasures are fixed and restored.’ Stub goes into the room and sees a lovely piece of art called a collage. But then something happens …The illustrations have a hint of realism mixed with cartoon-y feel to them that draws your eyes to every inch of the pages. David Goldin craftily positioned actual art throughout the pages and there is an index at the end of the book referencing where each piece can be found in real life.Additionally, the back of book has a lovely ‘Who’s Who’ and ‘What’s What’ At the Museum. And even more impressive was at the front and back of the covers are used to the fullest potential showing the floor plan of the art museum.This book is a brilliant introduction for those that have never been to a museum and even those that have been to learn about the people behind the scenes. The target age group is 2-11 year old however I would have no issue sharing this book with any age.5 out of 5 starsMeet Me at the Art Museum: A Whimsical Look Behind the ScenesDavid Goldin

  • Margaret Chind
    2019-05-19 23:55

    Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.*This post is updated with my new format on May 7, 2015, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. A Whimsical Look Behind the Scenes Meet Me at the Museum is a cute behind-the-scenes field trip in a book. Full of imagination and fun, adventurous readers can learn bits and pieces of what an art museum is for as well as spark an interest to go see one in person. Full of vocabulary to learn who is who and what is what at the museum. It would be a fun resource for school. Praise for Meet Me at the Art Museum:"An engaging and enlivening introduction for kids and adults alike."-Kirkus Reviews"The googly-eyed characters make it quite enjoyable to pick up the book and get a feel for what makes a museum work, explaining both public and private areas."-Booklist"The volume offers an adequate overview of museum operations."-School Library Journal"The book works best as a basic introduction to what a museum is and how it works; the paintings and sculptures are ID'd on the closing page."-Publishers WeeklyFollow Creative Madness Mama's board Art on Pinterest.Our trip to the Art Museum (picture collage)This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.

  • Dani K.
    2019-05-11 20:07

    Meet me at the Museum by David Goldin is essentially an introduction to art museums designed in the form of a illustrated tour administered by a “Hello, My Name is” badge and a rejected ticket stub. The end pages begin the tour by literally mapping out the story’s trajectory. From there, the tour winds through the pages of the book while it winds through the halls of the art Museum.The reader meets Stub as he sleeps in the marble floor of the museum. The first few pictures appear in full bleed as the reader is drawn in through Stub’s point of view, only that which is within Stub’s immediate line of sight is visible. As Stub awakens on the cold floor, he meets Daisy, the “Hello My Name is…” badge, who widens Stub’s view of the art museum. Here, the tour opens up to a collage style art museum built of mix media pieces. Actual art is framed within paper cutouts while photographed ceilings and lights hang above them. This style continues throughout the book as Daisy takes Stub to the loading docks and the gallery.As the tour continues, graphic lines draw the reader between photographs of real art pieces and artifacts, tracking Stub and Daisy’s movement through the museum. Graphic signs and painted escalator lead the pair to a second floor as the reader’s eye is drawn to the top of the page. When the page is turned, the escalator dumps the reader and the characters onto a gallery style page where different artifacts from different eras appear. Near the end of the tour, a swirling line draws the reader past the director’s office, the museum shop, a classroom, and a library. Unfortunately, the tour winds down along with the winding line representing Stub and Daisy’s movement through the museum. Luckily though, a trick of fate allows Stub to become part of the art museum permanently.After the tour, like any good informational book, Meet Me at the Art Museum includes a glossary of definitions and art titles displayed in the text. The final end page repeats the museum map of the opening sequence much like an actual trip to an art museum would occur—you leave from the same place that your enter. All in all, the story, while not a riveting read, is a solid and quirky introduction to art and art museums ideal for novices and children preparing to visit a museum for the first time.

  • Gail Gauthier
    2019-04-28 21:55

    "Meet Me at the Art Museum" by David Goldin is one of the easiest to take instructive picture books I can recall reading in quite some time. It uses the old night-at-the-museum situation with a docent's name tag giving a ticket stub an after-hours tour.This thing gets really simplistic, going so far as to explain what a coat check room is and that there are signs all over the place telling you what to do. But, you know, it's a picture book. It's for kids who presumably have never been into a museum. When I go to a museum, I like to go to the coat check first thing.What a curator does, what a conservator does, what an archivist does, what a historical artifact is...I love this stuff. I also loved the reproductions of artwork sprinkled throughout the book. On page 14 you'll see "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte" by Georges-Pierre Seurat or, as one of my kids once told me, "A Picture of a Woman Walking Her Monkey." I don't know why I'm so fond of that work."Meet Me at the Art Museum" would be a fine addition for libraries, schools...and museum bookstores! Originally published at

  • Nada
    2019-05-04 00:08

    I really enjoyed this informational picture book and its unique differences from other picture books I have read. Before reading the book, I took a look at the end pages and noticed a slight difference in which the front end cover is a map of the first floor of the museum and the back end cover is a map of the second floor of the museum. Drawn into the maps on the end pages are dotted lines which after the reading the book was noticed to be the trail the stub and name-tag took on their tour. The reason I call this book uniquely different is because it mixes cartoon-like illustrations with pictures of realistic nature. It sort of mixes the two worlds together which I have never seen in informational text. What caught my eye about this book was the solid colored background on most of the pages. This I feel focused our attention on the collages of art rather than having a museum like background to distract us. This book takes us on a journey with Stub and his first time at the Museum of Art. It allows us to experience it with him following the white loopy and zigzagged trail he leaves behind him on almost every page.

  • Jim Erekson
    2019-05-09 17:42

    This utilitarian book would be best for right before a field trip to the museum, to discuss the various people, sections, and what you might expect to see and do. Everything right down to the lost & found and the security cameras. The backgrounds are simple graphic hints of hallways, walls, and corners. This spare style was a little bit of a strange contrast to the digital reproductions of actual art works with all their complexity. The narrative arc of the stub wanting to be part of a museum was cute, but it seemed wrong for the story to end with the character ruining a piece of existing art to realize its dream. Just an unsatisfying ending. The diagram of the museum at the end is interesting, and a floor plan like this could have been an engaging guide and has potential for what you might do with kids when reading the book. As an aesthetic experience, I didn't get much from this read.

  • Pam
    2019-04-26 01:01

    I have real mixed feelings about this book. While I think it does an excellent job presenting all aspects of an art museum, I just dislike talking inanimate objects-in this case a talking name tag named Daisy and talking ticket stub named Stub. I would have related to this much better if the author used two people. That said this book would be great for a family planning a big trip to the art museum. The illustrations are bright and colorful, a map of the museum layout is included just like you receive at an actual museum. The text covers not only the public areas of the museum but also behind the scenes. A glossary in the back covers specific museum related terms. Specific art pieces shown in the book are identified in the back. There is a lot of great information packed in this book and a family interested in art will find an endless amount to discuss.

  • Chris
    2019-05-03 01:00

    An animated ticket stub is given a tour of the museum one night by the docent's helper, a name badge named Daisy. Together they discover the different areas of the library, from the library to the exhibits, from the lost and found to the damaged items room. Miniatures of real artwork are featured throughout. There is also a glossary at the back, along with descriptions of the included art pieces.

  • Kendra
    2019-04-25 23:39

    Great "real-life" pictures, but otherwise kind of boring. This is the kind of book I could see sharing with kids who don't have the chance to get to the library, or maybe showing to kids before a visit to the museum. Most of the information, however, would be best given by a actual tour guide, for most kids.

  • Jen
    2019-04-30 21:52

    I am not sure why the average rating is only about 3 stars. This was a great children's book! It is a 'behind the scenes tour' of an art museum through a name tag and ticket stub's point of view. This is a great book for young children. Also, this would be a wonderful resource for art teachers and Pre-K-2nd. I loved it!

  • Ms Threlkeld
    2019-05-19 19:47

    A fun way to introduce kids to museums and all the things that happen there. I really liked the voices of the various objects that Stub encountered and his interest in all the different types of art. Reading this made me want to hop a flight to NYC and stroll around the MET.

  • Debbie
    2019-05-05 18:03

    A very clever book! What a wonderful introduction to the workings of an art museum and to some great works of art as well!It must have been fun for David Goldin to put this book together and to play curator for his book museum!

  • Stephen
    2019-04-27 17:43

    My seven and ten-year olds enjoyed it. The book includes helpful definitions of museum words an adult might not think to explain, such as "gallery," in a fun story with an anthropomorphic ticket stub and name tag.

  • Turrean
    2019-05-07 16:44

    Cleverly illustrated--would be a great read before a field trip to the museum.

  • Ellen
    2019-05-17 22:02

    Simple book that introduces visiting a museum to young children.

  • Jodie
    2019-04-30 01:03

    Readers will learn about different jobs and parts of a museum. Could be used before a field trip to a museum.

  • Maria
    2019-05-09 21:05

    Great book to introduce children to what might be seen in an art museum.

  • Hajnal
    2019-05-01 23:59

    Offers insight into behind the scenes aspects of a museum but the story itself is not that interesting and feels a bit forced.

  • Alicia
    2019-05-17 17:40

    Cute simple book describing what goes on behind the scenes of an art museum. Good read to supplement a visit to one.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-05-13 18:38

    Read at Pre-K Class visit on 5/16/13:

  • Shannon
    2019-05-09 22:44

    Rad idea, shaky execution. The text was fine and all, but the art... I dunno, seemed cheap? Like 1990s 3D design class art? I'd still use this book in class to learn more about museums.

  • Jen
    2019-05-01 20:08

    This is a nice introduction to an Art Museum, great preparation for a child who hasn't been before.

  • Hapzydeco
    2019-05-26 17:40

    Good premise, but too much whim and not enough substance to pull it off.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-29 22:52

    This is a cute tour of an art museum. It would be a good one to share before a field trip or visit to a museum. It would work well with Seen Art? by Lane Smith as prep.