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The Museum of Everything



written and illustrated by
Lynne Rae Perkins

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Greenwillow Bks.
ISBN
9780062986306
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins invites readers on an imagination-fueled journey through the living museum that surrounds us all. Luminous, in-the-moment, and full of wonder, The Museum of Everything inspires readers to slow down and appreciate the world. For fans of What Do You Do with an Idea?, The Most Magnificent Thing, and classics such as Time of Wonder and A Hole Is to Dig. A spectacular picture book illustrated with dioramas, collages, and three-dimensional paintings.

When a young girl feels that the world is too big and loud and busy and distracting, she pretends that she’s in a museum. It’s quiet there, and she can wonder about everything: Is a rock in a puddle an island? Is a dry spot on the ground on a rainy day the shadow of a car that’s just driven off? There’s a museum for everything—for islands and shadows and clouds and trees, and so much more.Full-color multimedia illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9 3/10" x 11 3/10"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Museums. Imagination. Nature and the natural world. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3–Perkins, who broke readers’ hearts with Home Lovely, and with every book since, elevates the ordinary—again—in this story about objects we simply do not really see: a fallen leaf, a cloud, a flower. In the mental meanderings of the narrator, who is white, nongendered, and lyrically minded, “I wonder about things like, can a rock in a puddle be an island? And think about if the rock in the puddle is on a boulder in a pond. And what if that pond is on a small island in a lake? And what if that lake is on a bigger island, out in the ocean? It would be an island in a pond on an island in a pond on an island in a pond on an island in a pond.” This child, in T-shirt and jeans, gives readers a sense that the microscopic and the telescoped can live side by side, or within one another. It’s the kind of philosophical questioning that in less capable hands would be pretentious, but Perkins brings a sense of scale to the drawings—part watercolors, part digital, some photographed overlays like ghosts from an I Spy book—and creates a seamless whole. There will be, in the Museum of Everything, a Museum of Islands, as well as a Museum of Hiding Places, shown as a bush, with figures in it lightly penciled in white. The wanderings have force and direction, as the book winds down to what-ifs—What if we are in a Museum of Hiding Places right now?—given weight in dollhouse vignettes that shimmer from tactile to ephemeral. VERDICT Perkins connects with readers who daydream, validating that act as a way to see the world and learn of its many interlocking pieces, and makes imaginative mental musings into a story, and an artform. Pure fun.–Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journal

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3–Perkins, who broke readers’ hearts with Home Lovely, and with every book since, elevates the ordinary—again—in this story about objects we simply do not really see: a fallen leaf, a cloud, a flower. In the mental meanderings of the narrator, who is white, nongendered, and lyrically minded, “I wonder about things like, can a rock in a puddle be an island? And think about if the rock in the puddle is on a boulder in a pond. And what if that pond is on a small island in a lake? And what if that lake is on a bigger island, out in the ocean? It would be an island in a pond on an island in a pond on an island in a pond on an island in a pond.” This child, in T-shirt and jeans, gives readers a sense that the microscopic and the telescoped can live side by side, or within one another. It’s the kind of philosophical questioning that in less capable hands would be pretentious, but Perkins brings a sense of scale to the drawings—part watercolors, part digital, some photographed overlays like ghosts from an I Spy book—and creates a seamless whole. There will be, in the Museum of Everything, a Museum of Islands, as well as a Museum of Hiding Places, shown as a bush, with figures in it lightly penciled in white. The wanderings have force and direction, as the book winds down to what-ifs—What if we are in a Museum of Hiding Places right now?—given weight in dollhouse vignettes that shimmer from tactile to ephemeral. VERDICT Perkins connects with readers who daydream, validating that act as a way to see the world and learn of its many interlocking pieces, and makes imaginative mental musings into a story, and an artform. Pure fun.–Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journal

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