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Bailey at the Museum (Bailey the Dog)

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  199 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews

Bailey is very excited about the school trip to the Museum of Natural History. After all, he loves to dig up bones even more than an archeologist!

And besides bones, there's lots of fun to be had with tepees, totem poles, and dinosaur skeletons. Bailey's classmates never know what will happen next: maybe that's why the museum guard becomes Bailey's special partner.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Feb 16, 2014 Maryam rated it it was ok
My kindergarten students were under-whelmed. Maybe a 1st or 2nd grade class would have appreciated it more. I was not as happy with this book as with the first Bailey. I think there was a little too much grown-up humor in the speech bubbles. And even though I know that's what I initially appreciated about Bliss's first Bailey, there was something a little "too-too" about it in the museum book.
Jul 01, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ala, arc, picture-books
Bailey is a likable dog, the only non-human student in Mrs. Smith's elementary school class. In this book, the class takes a field trip to a natural history museum. Bailey is very excited about the field trip, but early on he becomes a bit too interested in the dinosaur bones, starts to chew on them, and is assigned a new "buddy", a museum security guard. From there on, Bailey is very well-behaved, and the guard likes him very much. When Bailey takes a quick nap in a teepee, he and the guard bec ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
I liked this one even more than the first Bailey book, it was just really cute. Bailey's personality came across more in this one and the situations he got into seemed funnier to me. There were just so many opportunities to highlight how Bailey was different from the other children in the class in cute ways. I really liked when they learned about dream catchers and Bailey wondered if they could help him with his squirrel problem, as a dog companion myself, I know how much that rivalry can be wor ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Kylie added it
Shelves: habelldigital
“Bailey at the Museum,” is an adventurous book for elementary children. Bailey is the only dog is class and she’s excited for their class field trip. Their class is heading to the Museum of Natural History. Once their class is at the Museum Bailey learns quick on how to act inside a museum. She even gets partnered up with a special security guard. Bailey has fun discovering new things inside the museum as well as making new friends.

This book would be great for children prepar
Oct 22, 2012 April rated it really liked it
1. Rating: 4
2. A book review by Publisher's Weekly says, "Precocious, school-going dog Bailey joins his human classmates on a field trip to the Museum of Natural History in his second picture book. As the class observes a dinosaur exhibits, Bailey gets distracted by T. rex bones. An understanding museum guard swoops in (“I think he’s hungry. I feel his tummy growling,” he reports), and the two become friends. Bliss strikes a note of hilarity with the combination of serious museum decorum and Bai
Mattie Weck
Feb 23, 2015 Mattie Weck rated it liked it
I found this book and its characters (especially Bailey-the dog) very charming. My first thought after reading was that it would be a good read for students before attending a class field trip, specifically a museum visit, in order to open discussion about appropriate behavior. The text includes both thought and dialogue bubbles which could potentially be tricky for a read-aloud. However, this would be great as an independent read for a second grade classroom. In this instance, the dialogue bub ...more
Marissa Reyes
The piece of writing Bailey at the Museum by Harry Bliss is a well written children's book because it gives kids in the classroom, who have never been exposed to a Museum, the opportunity to see that a Museum has the ability to freeze history in time in order to teach children what they would not learn in the four walls of a classroom. The illustrations are creative and let the children's imagination run wild as it feeds off children's humor. A prime example is when Bailey begins to chew on the ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Maddypictures rated it liked it
Bailey the dog is excited to head out to the Natural Science museum on a school field trip. He's a bit naughty (goes to chew on a dinosaur bone!) but pulls himself together by the end of the story and saves the day by sniffing out the rest of the group when they get lost. The thing that struck me the most about this book were all the characters who loved to read! All the kids are reading graphic novels and comic books on the bus ride. Even the museum guard whips out a book about how to guard thi ...more
Courtney Angelo
This book was very playful! I enjoyed hearing the adventure of Bailey and the guard. This book is enjoyable for children because it brings one of children's favorite pets to life. I like that it addresses the lesson of behaving at important places like museums, and knowing to be respectful. Often times, children misbehave in the wrong place because they don't know any better. I would enjoy bringing this into the classroom because it would be easy-going and silly for the children. Fun illustratio ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
I am always on the lookout for cute picture books which take place in a museum. I rather liked this one, where a young dog named Bailey goes with his elementary school class to the Natural History Museum (the Smithsonian one is still one of my favorite museums) and gets to see dinosaur bones, cave men, and Native American exhibits. He makes a friend and gets a gift. Recommended for ages 4-7, 4 stars.
Oct 15, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
Bailey the dog goes on a school trip to the Museum of Natural History and causes a little chaos. This would be a great book to share with early elementary classes getting ready to go on a field trip, especially to a museum. The text/story covers some of the dos and don'ts of field trips and incorporates a lot of humor. Illustrations contain many speech/thought bubbles giving the story a comic book feel. Fun read aloud.
Oct 12, 2012 Rosa rated it really liked it
Bailey and his class go on a class trip to the museum. How it is that Bailey (who is a puppy and does walk on four leg) became part of a human class must be from a previous book. There are all kinds of funny and silly visual jokes that I think will make kids love this. Bailey makes a new friend in the security guard. I think this is best for one on one sharing b/c there are lots of side conversations and thought bubbles that would be awkward for group read aloud.
Ariel Cummins
Nov 15, 2012 Ariel Cummins rated it really liked it
Bailey, the very mischievous dog, goes with his class to the natural history museum. He tries really hard to be good, but its so hard! He gets in the usual trouble, but he learns stuff and makes a friend or two in the process. Fun and funny, with lots of jokes, word play, and sight gags.

Bright, cartoony art compliments the story without overwhelming it.

This could definitely be a fun read for slightly older kiddos.
Kristen Dota
Oct 14, 2013 Kristen Dota rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was creative how the author used comic bubbles to tell half the story has well as the original text of the story. This is a perfect book for all classrooms since they will be going on field trips of their very own and it is important to know the rules in order to be safe. This book was very humorous and also I found myself learning as if I was actually there in the museum with them. Great book!
Feb 17, 2013 Marcia rated it really liked it
The illustrations in this book are so cute, the story almost doesn't matter. PrK-2 will love this story of Bailey, the school going dog, as he visits the nAtural History Museum with his class. He tries to behave, but his natural dog instincts kick in. Reminds me of Curious George a bit with his mischievous curiosity. A fun read aloud.
Amalia Ricksecker
Sep 08, 2012 Amalia Ricksecker rated it really liked it
PB 2: A little bit longer than expected, but this book was fun and interactive. There was a narrative on each page describing what was going on, but what each character was saying was put in speech bubbles which made reading each page a little more fun and interactive (doing different voices for different characters)!
Dec 17, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
3.5 stars -- This book does not star the Bailey I know--a cross-eyed and frequently drooling Siamese cat--but rather a cute little cartoon dog. This book was very nicely illustrated (the dinosaurs especially so). I was also impressed that a children's book had the guts to show a museum chart depicting evolution--good for them.
Taylor Brune
Sep 03, 2013 Taylor Brune rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-6, post-2000
Bailey at the Museum is a great book for 1st and 2nd graders. There is a small amount of text on each page, with great illustrations. It shows how Bailey is different from his other classmates (he is a dog and they are not), but does a great job at showing how everyone accepts him, despite his differences.
Oct 23, 2012 Margie rated it really liked it
When Harry Bliss first introduced readers to the school loving pooch in Bailey laughter was the main event. In this title Bailey goes to the Museum of Natural History with humor prevalent in text and illustrations.

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Oct 27, 2016 Janet rated it liked it
I thought this was cute and humorous, but definitely not for the preschool set. The sly humor of it all is better suited for children who have been on field trips and lol their teachers and chaperons I felt like the field trip might have been to the Field Museum in Chicago because of the dinosaurs and the totem pole as there are a lot of both in the Field.
Meg McGregor
Nov 22, 2013 Meg McGregor rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-lexi
Bailey takes a class trip to the Museum of History and certainly enjoys himself. Little ones will laugh with glee at his adventures, especially when climbing one of the dinosaurs, and sleeping in the teepee!

Great to read before and after museum trips which I encourage parents and caregivers to do at least once a month - if not more!
This is a great introduction to speech and thought bubbles for children and is the adorable story of a little dog who gets too excited in a museum. His antics get him in trouble, but all ends well. The images are very entertaining and would be a good read aloud book.
Nov 22, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because it reminded me of "Curious George." It's a cute little book that shows Bailey getting into all sorts of situations! I think that children would find it hilarious. It even made me laugh out loud a few times!
Great Books
Jul 07, 2012 Great Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: ages-5-8
This book is a fun romp through a museum through Bailey the dog's eyes. A good natured guard becomes his partner to help keep him out of trouble and learn a bit too. Lots of fun pictures. reviewer 12
Elaine Heumann
It seems a theme about museums are they are big and easy to get lost in, guards are friendly and give you presents and guides walk you around an point. It is the most traditional and boring view of museums. So not a good rating here.
Jun 21, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
I fell in love with Bailey. He;s my kind of enthusiastic student on his museum field trip. Naturally his curiosity tempts him to bend a few museum rules. Who hasn't wanted to stop at a museum for a nap in a nice quite out of the way place! This is a keeper.
Ellen Ramsey
Oct 27, 2013 Ellen Ramsey rated it really liked it
Bailey is fascinated by dinosaur bones, totem poles, and tepees, and of course lunch. Funny, funny, funny with marvelous details in the illustrations. Bailey is a lovable, earnest dog!
Feb 22, 2015 Janet rated it it was ok
The Bailey Books are hard to read out loud, because it involves a lot of speech bubbles. Cute enough stories, though.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
Bailey goes on a filed trip with Ms. Smith's class and finds lots of his favorite things...bones. Nice real aloud. P.K.
Holly Thompson
Oct 05, 2012 Holly Thompson rated it really liked it
Bailey is at it again. Being mischievous on his field trip is a great way to remind all of our students of the rules when we are on field trips. Plus, it's funny and a nice book.
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Harry Bliss grew up in upstate New York in a family of successful painters and illustrators, so it wasn’t any surprise that he, too, went on to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and illustration at the University of the Arts and Syracuse University. He has illustrated numerous book covers and is a cartoonist and cover artist for THE NEW YORKER magazine. In the tradition o ...more
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