Simon at the Art Museum

Atheneum. Jun. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534437524.
K-Gr 2–Simon and his family are visiting an art museum, and like many children, and even some adults, he’s overwhelmed (and a bit bored) by the tall ceilings, slippery floors, and “SO. MUCH. ART.” While lying on a bench bored and hungry for cheesecake, he observes the various people in the gallery hall, until something seizes his attention—a painting of a small child, in red shorts and a yellow hat, chasing birds—and he is transported. As the family gets ready to leave, Simon’s mother reminds him they have one more thing to do, and readers can anticipate that piece of cheesecake for Simon, too. This sweet and familiar story will resonate with anyone who has ever felt as Simon does. Pair it with Susan Verde’s The Museum and Jessica and Parker Curry’s Parker Looks Up for an art museum-themed story time.
VERDICT A perfect introductory text to what is and is not appropriate at the museum, this tale also delivers a generous lesson about how a single piece of art can turn an entire experience around. A recommended purchase for most libraries.

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