I 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 stars