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The Night at the Museum

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  816 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Here is the original inspiration for the blockbuster "Night At The Museum" movies--starring Ben Stiller--from 20th Century Fox. In this charming, funny picture book that started it all, Larry becomes a night guard at New York's Museum of Natural History. He thinks it's going to be an easy job, but is he in for a surprise. After dozing off, he wakes up to find the most amaz ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by B.E.S. Publishing (first published September 1st 1993)
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Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun, whether you've seen the movie on which it is based or not. The basic premise is the same, with Larry becoming a night guard at the museum, and the exhibits coming to life. This (original version of the) story, however, has many other night guards also working at the museum and looking after other exhibits. Larry is just supposed to keep watch over the dinosaur skeletons. But, he accidentally falls asleep and awakens to find only one bone! Where have the dinosaurs gone!? ...more
Lisa Carroll
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I found this book a few years ago and was surprised that the major motion picture was based on this little known book. This book is another delightful addition to our growing book collection. The book follows the adventures of the nightwatch man at the museum. The pictures are full of color and they really grab your attention. The book is witty and very descriptive. The pictures coincide very well with the words. My son finds that it is hilarious that all of the museum exhibits come alive at nig ...more
Sarah Sammis
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah by: IMDB
Last summer my children discovered The Night at the Museum and its sequel. They watched both films a dozen times each. During one of the times my son asked where the idea for the film came from. So I went to IMDB and looked up the first film. It listed Milan Trenc as the author of a picture book of the same title.

Well that was that, we had to read the book. I had to use Link+ to get a copy sent up to my library but it was worth it. The book is adorable.

In the book there's a new night guard, just
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Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
My hubby took our girls to see the movie "Night at the Museum" awhile back. I've only seen bits of the movie, but I was reading some of the discussions at the Children's Books group here at Goodreads and discovered that the movie was based on this book. How interesting! So, of course we had to check it out.

The story is humorous, although our girls were sure to point out the many differences between the book and the movie. The illustrations are very colorful and cartoonish and add to the hilarit
Paige Scott
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-summaries
1) This book is about Larry, the new night guard at the museum and he is called to watch over the dinosaur exhibit, but quickly falls asleep. He wakes up, and to his surprise the dinosaur bones are missing. Larry goes to get one of the other guards and sees all of the animals out of the exhibit, came to life and is wondering what in the world is going on. The guard tells him they let the animals strecth their legs and get something to eat at night, and to check in the food room that the dinosaur ...more
Himanshu Karmacharya
It was fun to read and the pictures are pretty neat too. It would be a very interesting read for the children. However, I felt that the movie was better than the book. (Probably because the movie is directed towards much wider range of audience?)
Christy Broderick
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cute book & I see where a lot of the ideas for the movie came into play. There was one page in particular that rang a bell that I remember seeing in the movie(s). If you’re looking for a quick, fun & entertaining book, look no further!! ❤ ...more
P.S. Winn
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun story and a peek inside the nightly happenings in a museum
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually liked this quite a bit, it's a right good little read
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute book for kids. An even better movie.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Vibrant illustrations and an adventurous story. The essential idea of the movie based on this book is there, but the book is a fun and slightly different story. A great read.
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Inspiration for the movie! Definitely fun.
Naliza Fahro-Rozi
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming, funny picture book .
Lee Kai Sang
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i think this book is very funny and interesting, and also taught me a lot of things, it taught me a lot of things about history and also taught me about friendship.i hope there is a the third episode soon. the end
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved the movie and as a New Yorker, I spent lots and lots of time at the Museum of Natural History. I love this book series. It's just a neat and fun way to share one of my favorite museums with my little nephew.
McKinlay Dennis
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I needed to read a book with a protagonist that has my occupation for the pop sugar challenge. I'm a night guard, he's a night guard, PERFECT! This was also super cute! I may pick it up for my friends with young children.
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
My son liked it. I thought it was cute.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ehon, us-midatlantic
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked the concept and I thought it was very entertaining. All of the museum characters were really funny.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
it was a good book i have never read a good book like this
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize that there was a book before the movie. The illustrations and words are almost in the spirit of Curious George - very cute!
Christine D
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Just like Toy Story and Jim Henson's the Christmas Toy but on a much larger scale :)
Doug Cornelius
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Both kids loved this ridiculous story of the exhibits coming to life. Somehow, the ridiculous book is more believable than the ridiculous movie.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. We enjoyed it. Had no idea the movie was adapted from a children's book.
Jan 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost as good as the movie.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a cool book but I like the first one better
Luk Tsz
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think it is very interesting when the exhibits become alive.
Conor O'mahony
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Thought it would be longer like the movie but Callum enjoyed it which was the goal.
Maysaloon Abu-Zaglan
The book is good as the movie :) Enjoy it ..
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Milan Trenc (born 1962) is a Croatian illustrator, comics publisher, film director, novelist and educator.

Born in Zagreb, there Trenc first went to the School of Applied Arts, which is a high school, then studied film direction at the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts. While there, he started publishing comics and after graduation he worked at Zagreb Film, where he created The Blentons, an episode i