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Simon at the Art Museum



by
Christina Soontornvat
illustrated by
Christine Davenier

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781534437524
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Simon is having a great time at the museum with his parents. There are slippery, slidey floors! Pigeons flying around the reflecting pool! And cheesecake in the café! But they’re not really here for any of that. No, Simon has to look at art.

And more art.

So. Much. Art.

There’s so much art that soon Simon needs to take a break and finds somewhere to sit. From his bench, he begins to notice how many different people are visiting the museum and the many different ways they react to the art they see. Some people are alone. Some are in groups. Some people smile. Some shake their heads. Some even shed a tear. And Simon is right in the center of it, watching until he’s inspired to give all the art another try. By the end of the day, he may even find a piece that can rival a slice of cheesecake!

Full-color illustrations rendered in pen and ink washes.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

AD540L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Art museums. Art appreciation. Behavior. Family life. Childhood. Imagination.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

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. 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.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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. 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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