Museum of Everything
by Perkins, Lynne Rae

Engaging dioramas, collages and three-dimensional paintings illustrate the story of a young girl who mindfully pretends she is in a quiet and peaceful museum whenever the world becomes too big, loud or distracting. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Criss Cross. 40,000 first printing. Illustrations.

*Starred Review* There are many fascinating museums in the world, but expand your definition of what you might hope to see in a single building and enter the Museum of Everything. An ungendered white child imagines what could be included in a museum of favorite things or of things that fill them with wonder. Gloriously inventive illustrations reflect the child's rich inner thoughts. One imagined room houses an array of bushes, made of flowers, leaves, and twigs. Wouldn't they make wonderful skirts? In this inclusive museum, everyone is welcome to try on the skirts and twirl. Later, a Sky Museum is depicted as a giant book, with clouds and colors that shift as the pages turn. Materials are chosen to best convey the visual message, so watercolor is combined with sand, stones, wood, moss, wool, foam-core board, fabric, embroidery thread, modeling clay. Some pages are photographed 3-D models, producing the look of a dollhouse or bitmoji room; other spreads are painted more traditionally. The result is a marvel of creativity, engaging children in thinking about whether they would have a Museum of Small Things or a Museum of Hiding Places or perhaps museums of shadows or islands? Whatever causes you to pause, appreciate, contemplate, and enjoy-that's what belongs in your own Museum of Everything. Grades K-2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

What would you put in your own museum exhibits? Perkinsâ?? great gifts for observation and connections are on display here as her narratorâ?"a young White personâ?"serves as curator and tour guide for several "museum exhibits" of concrete objects and abstract phenomena. "When the world gets too bigâ?¦I like to look at little pieces of it, one at a time," the narrator says. The result is a small, idiosyncratic catalog of possibilities and a lens for seeing parts of the world in relation to one another. Anything might belong in an exhibit: skirts made from flowering shrubs, all the hiding places in a room, shadows, the sky. One exhibit is a meditation on islands, perspective, and scale: An island could be a stone in a pool on a rock in a pond on an island in the ocean. Perkins uses a palette of rich bright colors in these dioramas and collages. Found items become foliage for bushes, shadow-box items, sandy shorelines. A realistic-looking book dissolves into clouds. Because the text is conversational, quietly speculative, and low-key, there is plenty of room for readers to think about and celebrate their own ways of seeing, collecting, and cataloging the worldâ?"and to celebrate an endless variety of possible museum exhibits around them. (This book was reviewed digitally with 9.3-by-22.6-inch double-page spreads viewed at 23.6% of actual size.) Poetic, intriguing, and charming. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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