Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Museum Trip

Museum Trip

Barbara Lehman
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
Houghton Mifflin, 2006   ISBN: 978-0618581252

A boy and his classmates are going on a field trip today. They are going to a museum where they are going to see all kinds of beautiful and marvelous things. During the visit the boy has to bend down to retie one of his shoelaces. When he has finished the job and looks up he discovers his class and their teacher are no where in sight. He is all alone with the paintings and the sculptures.

The boy cannot help feeling a little worried. The entire museum seems to be empty; except for him of course. Then he finds a little secret door. He goes through the door and in the room beyond he sees a selection of old drawings of mazes. Before he quite knows what has happened the boy is on the edge of one of the drawings and there is nothing for him to do but to go into the maze. Will he be able to find his way out of the maze and how will he get out of the drawing when it is time to leave?

Young children will be astonished to see how skillfully the author of this charming book tells her story without saying a single word. Unique illustrations which are beautifully colored take the reader on a surprising journey into a magical world where anything can happen if you have an open mind. There is even a little visual surprise at the end of the story which observant readers might catch if they look hard enough.

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