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
"[A] whimsical, wry caper....Adding to the value of this impressive volume is a large, handsomely reproduced pull-out poster featuring nine of the
'masterpieces' from the book, framed in gold leaf. A visual treat all around." Publishers Weekly
"In keeping with his father's original vision, Laurent de Brunhoff...injects the book with humor that's based on the incongruity of elephants living a cosmopolitan life." Emily Jenkins, The New York Times Book Review
"As entertaining as it is instructive, this is a great choice for museum-bound families as well as teachers." Gillian Engberg, Booklist
"That venerable elephant returns in another classically plotless but curiously appealing outing....[A]s a deeper invitation to encounter art, it barely serves as an introduction." Kirkus Reviews
"Consider this an introduction to museums for the youngest readers, especially for Babar fans. Older students will find entertaining comparisons to classic art collections." School Library Journal
"[T]his wonderful book is such a great tool for children....What this book does for children is to open up their horizons and give them a freedom in how they look at art and also, one hopes, how they create their own art." Marya Jansen-Gruber, Children's Literature
An all-new Babar book with tremendous crossover appeal!
Includes a free pull-out poster!
Following the phenomenal success of Babar's Yoga for Elephants, here is an all-new Babar story. Everyone who loves art, Babar, or children will love Babar's Museum of Art.
The old train station in Celesteville stands empty--should it be torn down? "No!" declare Celeste and Babar, who decide to turn it into an art museum. Their children (like many young museum-goers) have a lot of questions about art: "Does it have to be pretty? Does it have to be old? Does it have to make sense?" Celeste's patient answers explain the basic ideas of art appreciation.
Babar and Celeste's generous donations to the new museum include witty and striking elephant-inspired version of Michelangelo's Creation of Man, George Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, and Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus, along with many other celebrated paintings. Children and adults will want to visit Babar's Museum of Art again and again!
Following the phenomenal success of Babar's Yoga for Elephants, here is a new adventure for Babar one with even wider appeal. Children and adults will want to visit Babar's Museum of Art again and again!
Babar and his family are thrilled that Celesteville is hosting the Games! This is their chance to see the best athletes from all over the world compete and to meet new people from other countries. Everyone is wide-eyed as gymnasts fly through the air, divers make a splash, and cyclists race to the finish line!
In addition, Babar and Celesteand#8217;s children are all grown up, and romance is in the air. Babarand#8217;s daughter, Flora, likes to watch the handsome pole-vaulter Cory, from the country of Mirza. One day the two meet in the park, and love soon follows. When Cory asks Flora to marry him, everyone must come together to help them have a magnificent Mirzi wedding.
Babarand#8217;s Celesteville Games is a grand tale about sportsmanship, love, and diversity.
Praise for Babar's Celesteville Games
and#8220;From a franchise as sturdy as an elephantand#8217;s memory comes explicit international goodwill. The bookand#8217;s appeal lies in these calmingly recognizable characters participating in Olympic sports and a mixed marriage.and#8221; and#8211;Kirkus Reviews
This newest book in the beloved series is sure to delight longtime fans as well as new readers. Babar and his family are enjoying a relaxing ocean cruise when a sudden, violent storm whisks them far away from Celesteville. Shipwrecked on a desert island, they meet fabulous creatures as they explore their temporary home. Readers will appreciate the tropical localeandmdash;rendered in de Brunhoffandrsquo;s trademark lush watercolorsandmdash;as much as Babar and his family do while they await their eventual rescue. Fans both old and new will love spending time with Babar, Celeste, their kids, and the Old Lady in this charming tale on the high seas.
Praise for Babar on Paradise Island
andquot;This charming offering will not disappoint young fans eager for more elephant fun.andquot;
--School Library Journal
andquot;Well-suited to reading aloud, this colorful, large-format picture book continues the timeless adventures of this elephant king and his amiable companions.andquot;
Sam the library mouse and his friend Sarah are off on a new adventure. This time they leave the library behind and go to a museum so Sam can make sketches in his explorerand#8217;s journal. Sarah isnand#8217;t so sure that explorers have the time or the interest to write in journals. But Sam shows her that a journal can contain anything, from a ticket stub to drawings of cool things like dinosaurs and ancient Egyptian mummies. As they explore the museum, they see all kinds of art and unexpectedly make friends with another artist.
The latest book in this bestselling series is sure to entice readers to come along on the museum adventure.
About the Author
Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar alive for more than sixty years. Babar first came to life through the art of Laurentand#8217;s father, and Laurent has continued to create adventures for the elephant family. He and his wife, Phyllis, split their time between New York City and Key West, Florida.