You Can't Take A Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum

Paperback | January 29, 2001

byJacqueline Preiss WeitzmanIllustratorRobin Glasser, Robin Preiss Glasser

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While she's in the Metropolitan Museum with her grandmother, a little girl leaves her prized yellow balloon tied to a railing outside. But its string becomes untied, and the balloon embarks on an uproarious journey through New York City. With an ever-increasing cast of wacky urban characters in tow, it soars past a host of landmarks. Eighteen famous paintings and sculptures are reproduced in this delightful, wordless book that explores the magical relationship between art and life.

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While she's in the Metropolitan Museum with her grandmother, a little girl leaves her prized yellow balloon tied to a railing outside. But its string becomes untied, and the balloon embarks on an uproarious journey through New York City. With an ever-increasing cast of wacky urban characters in tow, it soars past a host of landmarks. E...

Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 11 × 11 × 0.13 inPublished:January 29, 2001Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140568166

ISBN - 13:9780140568165

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

Customer Reviews of You Can't Take A Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Wordless Picture Book with New York Setting This is the first wordless picture book I ever encountered. I blame it for my obsession with beautiful wordless picture books. 'You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum of Art' is the delightful story of a young girl, her grandmother, a yellow balloon, and a visit to the MET. As a child I spent countless hours roaming the MET marveling at art. It was, and still is, one of my favorite places. Visiting the MET prior to reading this book will likely increase appreciation for it, but isn't necessary. The story opens with our charming heroine arriving at the MET with her grandmother. Unable to bring her large, yellow balloon into the museum with her, she reluctantly leaves it tied to the railing outside. Unfortunately, the string becomes untied and the balloon takes off through the streets of New York with an ever-increasing group of people chasing after it. The story is truly funny, and the introduction to culture it provides is exceptional. Eighteen different works of art are reproduced and recreated in the book, information about each work of art is provided at the end of the story. One of my all time favorite books set in New York City. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-11

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Editorial Reviews

"A wordless picture book that playfully echoes the style of Eloise and the substance of the Red Balloon.... Lively, squiggly ink sketches...tell a vivid, happy tale." --Booklist, starred review