This book is all about the pictures — both the famous and brilliant pieces of artwork from the Metropolitan Museum in New York City to the scenery of the Big Apple itself. A wordless story unfolds as a girl and her grandmother go to visit the Metropolitan Museum. A guard agrees to hold her balloon for her outside, as no balloons are allowed inside such a grand place. Little does the guard know what’s in store for him! As the pair make their way through the museum’s wonders, the balloon decides to take a little journey of its own all around New York, from Rockefeller Center to the Metropolitan Opera House. The guard runs after in hot pursuit, and as the balloon entangles passersby, the pursuing crowd grows and grows. A wonderful romp through a wonderful town and the joys of great art.
You Can’t Take a Balloon Into the Metropoltian Museum
By Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser
Dial Books for Young Readers, 1998