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
ISBN: 9780803725706
By Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser
Dial Books for Young Readers, 1998

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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