“A leisurely and edifying journey of discovery.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Why do people collect things? With vivid examples from all around the world, this wonderful book puts museums — and the many artifacts lovingly stored there — on display in a whole new light. Jan Mark’s humorous and conversational insights take readers through museums’ multifaceted history, while Richard Holland’s eye-catching mixed-media illustrations lend their own quirky flair. This ode to museums mighty and minuscule will draw curious viewers of all ages — and is worthy of collection itself.
About the Author
Jan Mark, one of Britain’s most distinguished authors of books for young people, was twice awarded the Carnegie Medal and also received many other awards. She passed away in January 2006.
Richard Holland says that THE MUSEUM BOOK inspired him to try a new mixed-media collage style and "was an illustrator’s dream." He lives in Essex, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In solid blocks of text and run-on sentences, Mark explores the history of museums. Although it does contain a plethora of interesting facts, the book seemed poorly organized to me, repeating itself occasionally. The mixed media collage illustrations didn't feel like a great match and on at least one occasion a building discussed in the text was not included when all the others were. There's a glossary and index at the end of the book, but no source notes or references. It's altogether possible that this book just didn't strike a chord with me, but I was disappointed.
Travel the timeline of the museum in this whimsical picture book. Starting with the mythological muses, the text proceeds in short chapters presenting museum goers of all ages the history and present state of the world's museums. The text gives readers just enough information to gain a basic level of understanding of the history of museums as well as some of the controversial issues facing the museum world without coming across in a cursory manner. A glossary and index conclude the book, but a list of references or further reading is noticeably absent. The illustrations are both interesting and unique. The illustrator's whimsical and detailed approach will keep reader's attention through the lengthier blocks of text. Additionally, a few spreads require the reader to turn the book 90 degrees clockwise to read the text. The book concludes with an interesting analogy between collections in museums and collections in your mind. People of all ages will enjoy the thought provoking way in which the museum is discussed throughout the text. A must for museum libraries, middle schools and high schools.