ANNA AT THE ART MUSEUM, by Hazel Hutchins & Gail Herbert, Illustrated by Lil Crump, Annick Press


Art is for everyone—even a bored little girl.

Going to the Art Museum with her mom is no fun at all for Anna. Everything is old and boring and there are so many rules: Don’t Touch! Do Not Enter! Quiet! A vigilant guard keeps a close eye on the energetic little girl, but even so, Anna manages to set off an alarm and almost tip over a vase.

A half-open door draws Anna’s attention, but the No Entry sign means yet again that it’s off-limits. This time, however, the guard surprises her by inviting her to go in. Here she finds a “secret workshop” where paintings are being cleaned and repaired. Staring out from one of the canvases is a girl who looks grumpy and bored—just like Anna herself. With the realization that art often imitates life, Anna discovers the sheer joy to be had from the paintings on the wall, especially those that reflect what is happening all around her.

Filled with representations of paintings from many world-class galleries, this charming book is the perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum.

Out September 2018


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Anna is typical little girl who is asked to be something she has a hard time being… good.

This is a story about art museums and children and how to behave inside…. Actually no… it’s not 🙂

This is Anna’s first visit to an art museum with her mom and she hates it.  Everything is no! Don’t touch this, don’t touch that, don’t go there, don’t do that… What Anna initially does not realize, are all the special things found within the walls of the museum, but she will and something magical will happen when she does. Authors Hutchins and Herbert have collaborated on a lovely book full of fun moments that trigger a lot of memories. (Anna reminds me of my Katie) 🙂

Hazel Hutchins is known for her children’s picture books that hold little lessons for children, and with illustrations done by Lil Crump, this book is sure to be a hit with young first readers.

There’s a section at the back explaining all the art shown throughout the story and where the exhibits are kept.

Well done!

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