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K-Gr 3-In this picture-book introduction to art museums, Stub (a ticket stub left behind on the museum floor) meets Daisy (a docent's name tag), who offers to show him around. They tour both public and private sections of the building, including the delivery room, galleries, education room, and cafeteria. Along the way, Daisy gives an overview of the daily operations of a museum, discussing preservation, security, curation, and conservation. At the end of the tour, Stub wanders into the restoration room, where he gets stuck to a collage and inadvertently becomes part of an exhibit himself. Back matter includes a list of the artworks pictured in the book. While the volume offers an adequate overview of museum operations, it is marred by sloppy design and unappealing characters. Stub and Daisy consist of a ticket stub and a name tag, respectively, with painted cartoon faces. Placing them beside works by Van Gogh and Seurat is visually jarring. Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman's You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery (Dial, 2000) and sequels provide a more whimsical introduction to the subject.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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An anthropomorphized name tag named Daisy gives a discarded "Admit One" ticket stub (named Stub) a tour of an art museum-doing the same for readers in the process-in an informative but dry offering from Goldin (Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher). Although Goldin's fictional museum is packed with famous works of art (van Gogh's Starry Night and da Vinci's Mona Lisa sit on the ground beside crates waiting to be unpacked), this isn't an art history lesson. As Daisy guides Stub through the galleries, she discusses the museum's layout, operations (including security systems and temperature controls), and various staff responsibilities, from conservators to archivists. 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, but it's difficult to imagine readers flipping back and forth. Furthermore, with the story's emphasis on processes and protocols (no touching the art, please!), Daisy and Stub may not inspire much enthusiasm for a day at the museum. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The real fun of this book for the already art savvy is in recognizing the slew of famous works whose photo replications compose the hypothetical museum. An animated ticket, Stub, and his name-tag-shaped docent, Daisy, lead our tour. Isn't that the Mona Lisa hiding behind a packing crate? 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. Security cameras, international signage, and computers on which archivists catalog collections are represented by photos pasted collage-style to colorful backgrounds. Just as useful is that the associated terms directors, conservators, exhibitions, galleries are explained. Yes, the spreads are busy, but much like a museum, you can choose what to investigate. The back matter acknowledges the artworks making cameos. All in all, an entertaining effort to inform children about museums and their purpose.--Cruze, Karen Copyright 2010 Booklist