Synopses & Reviews
After being discarded on the floor of an art museum, Stub (a museum ticket) has nowhere to go until Daisy the docentandrsquo;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 directorandrsquo;s office to the library to the conservatorandrsquo;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 museumandrsquo;s many treasures!
David Goldin combines actual artworks by famous artists, found pieces, and digital art to tell Stubandrsquo;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:
andquot;Itandrsquo;s not as if the concept of a museum is obvious to a small child: How did all these paintings get here? Why canandrsquo;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. Goldinandrsquo;s easygoing text and clever collaged illustrations make Sunday afternoon excursions so much more explicable.andquot;
andmdash;New York Times
andquot;An engaging and enlivening introduction for kids and adults alike.andquot;
andquot;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.andquot;
andquot;The volume offers an adequate overview of museum operations.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;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.andquot;
andquot;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.andquot;
andmdash;New York Journal of Books
When an old Jewish man at a bus stop extols the joys of Shabbat and its traditional dinner Baxter becomes a pig possessed. All he can think about is how "the candles gleam and glow and dance while our sweetest voices lift in song!" But then Baxter learns that being part of the Shabbat dinner has an entry requirement: you have to be something called "kosher." Stuffing himself with kosher pickles and challah bread as well as trying his hand at being a cow ("He acquired a handy set of horns. He cultivated a taste for clover") are a few of the ways Baxter futilely attempts to achieve that goal. Snyder (Inside the Slidy Diner) and Goldin (Go Go Go!) go together like matzo balls and chicken soup: the bright daffy prose and ebulliently goofy cartoon and photo collages will persuade readers that they don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Baxter's spiritual journey which ends happily enough at the Shabbat table of a kindly rabbi. Yes of course he's a guest. What did you think? Ages 4–8. (Aug.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
While waiting for the bus, a man tells Baxter the pig about the joys of Shabbat dinner. But before Baxter can find out how he, too, can join in the fun, the man has boarded the bus. Soon after, Baxter learns that he certainly cannot be a part of Shabbat dinner because he's not Kosher. So begins one pig's misguided quest to become Kosher. Will Baxter succeed or will his dreams of taking part in Shabbat dinner remain unfulfilled? Readers will cheer as a series of misunderstandings leads to a warm message of welcome and community.
About the Author
LAUREL SNYDER is the author of Any Which Wall
, Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains
, and Inside the Slidy Diner
. In addition to her books for children, Laurel has written two books of poems and edited an anthology of nonfiction called Half/Life: Jew-ish tales from Interfaith Homes
. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an occasional commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. Laurel lives in Decatur, Georgia.
DAVID GOLDIN has written and/or illustrated a number of picture books including Go-Go-Go!, Twisted Crosswords, Lost Cat, and Science Fair Winners: Bug Science. David lives in Willow, New York.