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Annick Press Fall 2020

Anna at the Art Museum
By (author): Hazel Hutchins By (author): Gail Herbert Illustrated by: Lil Crump
Hazel Hutchins , Gail Herbert ,

Illustrated by :

Lil Crump



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Paperback , Picture book


Children/juvenile: Interest age, years 4 - 7, Canadian school grade range P - 2, US school grade range P - 2
Sep 08, 2020
$12.95 CAD


8.9in x 8.9 x 0.3 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

36 pages
Annick Press
Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association 2019, Joint winner Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2019, Joint winner Foreword INDIES Book Awards 2019, Joint winner Next Generation Indie Book Award 2019, Short-listed Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Arts/Music 2019, Joint winner Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Honorable Mention: Picture Book 2019, Commended The da Vinci Eye, Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2019, Short-listed The Years Best List, Resource Links 2020, Joint winner

Art is for everyone—even a bored little girl.

Going to the Art Museum with her mom is no fun at all for Anna. Everything is old and boring and there are so many rules: Don’t Touch! Do Not Enter! Quiet! A vigilant guard keeps a close eye on the energetic little girl, but even so, Anna manages to set off an alarm and almost tip over a vase.

A half-open door draws Anna’s attention, but the No Entry sign means yet again that it’s off-limits. This time, however, the guard surprises her by inviting her to go in. Here she finds a “secret workshop” where paintings are being cleaned and repaired. Staring out from one of the canvases is a girl who looks grumpy and bored—just like Anna herself. With the realization that art often imitates life, Anna discovers the sheer joy to be had from the paintings on the wall, especially those that reflect what is happening all around her.

Filled with representations of paintings from many world-class galleries, this charming book is the perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum.

  • 8 best-of lists and commendations to date
  • New in paperback
  • Called "Clever and endearing" in Kirkus starred review
  • A child's introduction to fine art appreciation
  • Contains art reproductions from the Met, the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), the National Gallery (London UK), and more
  • Catalogue at back of book contains the name of each work of art, the artist who made it, and which gallery it resides within
  • Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert wrote the award-winning picture books Mattland and SNAP!

Hazel Hutchins has written over 50 books for children and young adults and has received numerous awards for her work, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for Mattland (2008). She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Gail Herbert’s first collaboration with Hazel Hutchins produced the award-winning picture book, Mattland. Gail lives with her husband near Cambridge, Ontario.

Lil Crump is a Graphic and Visual Design artist, with some fine art and bookmaking training. Her work has appeared in books published by various North American publishers. She lives in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia.

“Clever and endearing.”

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 05/23/18

“Lively and expressive, the digital pictures complement the empathetic, well-structured story, but it’s the visual interplay between illustrated characters and museum art that makes this such an engaging, enjoyable picture book.”

- Booklist, 09/01/18

“The subtle and clever illustrations blend Anna’s life and famous works of art together, mirroring each other—something that children and adults will appreciate as they read.”

- I Heart Literacy, 08/28/18

“So charming and so real . . . a worthwhile addition to home, classroom and school libraries.”

- CanLit for Little Canadians, 09/05/18

“Connection is at the heart of this story and those connections are shown with joy and understanding.”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 11/18/18

“Lil Crump’s illustrations are a delight. Each scene is filled with visual jokes that reward careful attention.”

- The Booklist Reader, 01/23/19

“Art truly is for everybody in this charming book . . . The attention to detail is sublime as Crump’s gorgeous characters and scenery work to mirror the featured pieces on the wall that span centuries and cross oceans . . . Anna at the Art Museum would be a great book to read before visiting a museum, to prepare children and manage expectations, but truly it is a good book to read any time.”

- CM reviews, *starred review, 12/21/18

“The perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum.”

- Learning Magazine, 07/23/19

“This book couldn’t have had a better ending.”

- Long and Short Reviews, 01/10/2020

“Each page is filled with motion and emotion, as well as with Crump’s impressive recreations of numerous great works of art.”

- Atlantic Books Today, Winter/18

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