8/22 – 8/28 Children’s Book of the Week: You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum

You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum
by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser 
Told entirely through illustrations, the story follows the (mis)adventures of a loyal museum guard who makes the mistake of promising to look after a little girl’s yellow balloon. Confident her balloon is in good hands, the little girl and her grandmother look at all the wonders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Meanwhile, the balloon escapes, the guard gives chase, and panic ensues! Each new wreck of a scene that the balloon creates in its passing is cleverly paired with a famous painting at the museum, which the girl and her grandmother obliviously enjoy.

A fun, whimsical story! The lack of words also provides very young readers the chance to embellish the story themselves, and let their imaginations run wild with the wonderful illustrations.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is a composer, writer, lyricist and children’s book author.  She founded Booksicals in 2009 to encourage a love of reading through the arts.  Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut picture book ~