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You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum (You Can't Take a Balloon...)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  311 ratings  ·  62 reviews
New York City and its famed Metropolitan Museum of Art provide the setting for a crazy collision of art and city life in this inventively illustrated picture book. It all starts with a little girl?s trip to view the museum?s treasures and the parallel journey of her runaway yellow balloon. Floating down Fifth Avenue, past Central Park, bumping into a very silly tea party a ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Dial Books for Young Readers (first published September 6th 1998)
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One of my favorite new discoveries! I love this book! It's a story told in pictures (I liked having to focus on the pictures since I have a natural tendency to focus on the words more) about a little girl who must leave her balloon outside when she visits the Met--then a curious little pigeon unties it! Oh no! The faithful doorman chases after it, encountering all manner of new people from various places in NYC (the opera, the Plaza Hotel, the zoo, the ice rink) who help him chase after it. Thei ...more
Feb 18, 2009 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ann by: Katie
A delightful illustration book! There are no words to this story, just whimsical illustrations detailing each turn of events.

When a young girl can't take her yellow balloon into the art museum, the kind doorman offers to watch over it for her. But when the balloon escapes a series of chase-scenes ensue, each getting more and more elaborate (and somewhat unbelieveable, but that's part of the charm).
The illustrations are endearing, and the use of color is wonderful! It's also great how the action
Lisa Vegan
Sep 10, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love NYC, art, museums, beautiful & creative illustrations
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
This wordless picture book makes me want to create a New York shelf, but I will refrain. This book was a nostalgic experience for me, as I spent some of my childhood in Manhattan and most of the city landmarks and places depicted were familiar to me.

This book is utterly delightful, beautiful, funny, full of substance, and I just loved it.

I really enjoyed the illustrations, especially how each one had a wonderful mixture of color and black and white, and I also was drawn to the style of art. The
Jan 16, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We read the book You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery and really enjoyed reading it. It has a special significance to us, since we live near Washington D.C. I have to admit that I've never spent much time in New York City, so I am very unfamiliar with the Met. But still, we enjoyed reading this book just as much as we did the one featuring the National Gallery.

It's a fascinating wordless tale, and one that has so many hidden pictures and things going on that you could spend at lea
I got a headache trying to appreciate this. I liked how the tour the balloon took outside the museum corresponded to the tour the girl took inside. And I imagine children would enjoy the sheer nonsense. But it wasn't quite for me. And why could the dog-walker not be reading a real book, since Glasser did give it a title?
Jan 11, 2011 Ronyell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
I was reading this book for the Children’s Books Picture Book Club and I have to say I was really impressed with this book! “You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum” is a cute wordless picture book by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss about how a little girl has to leave her yellow balloon with the security guard since she is not allowed to carry the balloon inside the museum and then the security guard ends up having the adventure of his life when the yellow balloon flie ...more
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You Can't Take a Balloon into The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Jaqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser, published in 1998 follows the adventures of a yellow balloon through New York City. A grandmother is taking a small girl with a yellow balloon to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, the security guard at the door tells them to leave the balloon outside, which he ties to a handrail. As the girl and her grandmother explore the museum, the balloon travels through the city.

This p
This wordless picture book skillfully tells the story of a little girl who’s not allowed to take her balloon in to the museum—but when it comes loose from the railing where it’s tied, the kindhearted museum guard chases it through Manhattan. The dynamic illustrations successfully convey the humor in the story, but the book’s real strength is the clever juxtaposition of reproductions of the artwork inside the museum with the parallel chaotic scenes happening outside as the guard chases down the b ...more
I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of art with the characters in similar situations and positions. For a wordless book, the relationships shine. The museum guard seems harsh, not letting the balloon in, but he takes his job as balloon guard just as seriously as his job as museum guard. He really valiantly goes after that balloon. I don't think children care so much, but for me, that was sweet as pie. The relationship between the girl and her grandmother was just as sweet, showing a picture perfe ...more
Andrew Casey
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The kids and I loved this book. It was a joy to read--even though it has no words! The story is told in a cartoon framework, with illustrations by the woman who illustrates Fancy Nancy books. The plot is this: a girl and her grandmother are going to the museum. The girl has a balloon, which the guard will not let into the museum. He ties it to the banister and the girl goes inside. The adventure begins when a bird unties the balloon. While the balloon and the guard are on a journey, the girl and ...more
Because of the wordless style, I can see this book being used for humor Preschool all the way up through high school for actual art reference and deeper plot and story line connections to real life.
Megan Piero
This picture book is absolutely amazing. It is about a little girl who must leave her balloon outside of the Metropolitan Museum. When the guard takes it from her to hold it for her, the string comes untied and the guard goes for a wild adventure while she is looking around inside of the museum. There are no words in the book but is very easy to follow along and leaves lots of room for children's individual imagination and encourages their creativity.
As a teacher this will be a must have in my
A wordless book, about a balloon that isn't allowed into the museum and floats away, being chased after by more and more people.
Melissa Urban
Theme: art, museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, humor

In this wordless story, a young girl and her grandmother view works inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the balloon she has been forced to leave outside floats around New York City causing a series of mishaps that mirror scenes in the museum's artworks.

Uses in the classroom: Use as a discussion about different artists. *Students could pick one piece of art in the book to research further. Each piece is listed in the b
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Laura Z
Are there two versions of this book? Most of the reviews of this book say the museum doorman takes the balloon or the balloon is tied to the banister and a bird unties it while the grandmother goes into the museum with the little girl. If you actually look at the pictures it is clear that the little girl goes into the museum with the grandfather and the grandmother is in charge of the balloon, chasing it through the city with a man who was riding a motorcycle. What gives?? Whatever the story the ...more
A young girl and her grandma are visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but are stopped by a security guard because of the girl's balloon. She is not allowed to bring it inside but he offers to hold it for them. Unfortunately a bird unties it from the railing and the security guard must chase it all over the city to get it back. Scenes from with the security guard in the city and from the girl and grandma show that real life can mimic scenes in artwork. Busy artwork will hold kids' interest a ...more
Sara Perry
I loved this book as a child! This fun and silly book captures a yellow balloon's crazy journey around New York City. This book is a great read for children because the illustrations are wonderful and also very educational. The balloon visits many famous landmarks around New York City. Children will become captivated by this book and all of its scenery. I recommend this book to children because they can see some of the history that is so prominent in New York. It is a fantastic read and it is st ...more
I liked this wordless picture book but it is difficult for younger kids to follow.
By Jacqueline P. Weitzma, Illustrations by Robin P. Glasser.
Age Level: suitable for all ages, due to there being no words, children can make their own story for every page.
World View: White
Genre: Picture Book
The reader follows the little girl's stroll through the Metropolitan, and the doorman's chase through the city, to bring her balloon back in the nick of time.
Age Level:
World View:
Literary Elements:
In the Classroom:
Megan Phillips
You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum can teach students the importance of pictures in their writing. This book does not contain any words, yet it tells a story. It shows how much can be told of the story through pictures. This can help students think about how their illustrations are going to assist their writing in order to add to it. Students also need to have their words matching illustrations, and this can be explained after reading this book.
Felt very busy/overwhelming but maybe it's to reflect the day of the docent...
Amanda Casteel
Author: Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman

Illustrator: Robin Glasser

Year Published: 2001

Reading Level: Emergent

Genre: Fiction Wordless Picture Book

Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, Independent Reading

Summary: Balloons aren't allowed in the Metropolitan Museum. A guard is left in charge of guarding the little girl's bright yellow balloon. The balloon is untied by a pigeon, and it takes a wonderful journey through the city.

I like this one better than the national gallery one, You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery, but that may just be because I read this one first. I may like the art better and the contrasts drawn between the art and the balloon-chase scenes in the streets of New York.
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This is about a little girl who is going to the metropolitan museum. The guard tells her she can not bring a ballon into the museum but he will hold it till she gets out. Then a pigeon gets a hold of the balloon and flies away with it. As the fraud goes chasing after it the girl and her grandmother are walking around the museum. This book depicts how scup,tires, painting, statues relate to real life. The pictures are really cool.

Grades k-1
Sydnee Andress
I thoroughly enjoyed this clever story. The pictures in this book were amazingly detailed. Since the balloon travels by famous artwork, I would use this book to introduce or help explain the art unit. I believe that students will enjoy this book because of its whimsical pictures and the crazy adventures that the balloon takes the reader on. This book could probably be read or shown up to third grade.
A great way to incorporate fine art into a children's book -- in this wordless adventure, a girl must leave her balloon outside the museum, while a guard indicates he will watch it for her until she gets out. When the balloon escapes, we see alternate scenes of the guard chasing the balloon throughout the city and the girl in the museum. Drawn in cartoon except for real images of the art itself.
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