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There's more to this museum than meets the eye! This is the wonderfully wacky world of celebrated international author-illustrator team Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the duo behind Junior Library Guild selections I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . , The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer . . . , and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School . . . . Notoriously (and There's more to this museum than meets the eye! This is the wonderfully wacky world of celebrated international author-illustrator team Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the duo behind Junior Library Guild selections I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . , The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer . . . , and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School . . . . Notoriously (and delightfully) unreliable narrator Henry is late to a museum where his class is spending the day. But he has a plan: He'll just catch up in one of the exhibits. That's not possible in these halls! With volcanoes erupting, dinosaurs charging, and secret stairwells lurking, reuniting with his classmates becomes a quest of outrageous proportions. Young readers will revel in this entertaining book's over-the-top antics.


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There's more to this museum than meets the eye! This is the wonderfully wacky world of celebrated international author-illustrator team Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the duo behind Junior Library Guild selections I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . , The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer . . . , and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School . . . . Notoriously (and There's more to this museum than meets the eye! This is the wonderfully wacky world of celebrated international author-illustrator team Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the duo behind Junior Library Guild selections I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . , The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer . . . , and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School . . . . Notoriously (and delightfully) unreliable narrator Henry is late to a museum where his class is spending the day. But he has a plan: He'll just catch up in one of the exhibits. That's not possible in these halls! With volcanoes erupting, dinosaurs charging, and secret stairwells lurking, reuniting with his classmates becomes a quest of outrageous proportions. Young readers will revel in this entertaining book's over-the-top antics.

30 review for A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum . . .: (Funny Children's Books, Educational Picture Books, Adventure Books for Kids )

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    A story of a kid's day on a field trip to a museum. Or what seems to be a range of different museums. The story was just okay. The artwork was maybe a little better than the script. Short, small book. Nonsensical, mostly, which some kids might like. He basically makes a mess of everything. I didn't think it was as funny as the title suggested it would be. A story of a kid's day on a field trip to a museum. Or what seems to be a range of different museums. The story was just okay. The artwork was maybe a little better than the script. Short, small book. Nonsensical, mostly, which some kids might like. He basically makes a mess of everything. I didn't think it was as funny as the title suggested it would be.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Reminded me of all the field trips I took in grade school - cute and easy read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Crunden

    ✾ children’s book review ✾ This was super cute and the artwork was gorgeous! ☆ Blog | Twitter ☆ ✾ children’s book review ✾ This was super cute and the artwork was gorgeous! ☆ Blog | Twitter ☆

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kid Lit Reviews

    For a fourth time, Henry stands before his teacher trying to explain what happened. First, Henry didn’t do his homework¹, and then he was late to school². The last time we were with the young boy, Henry had a tall tale regarding his summer vacation³. Today, Henry missed the bus headed for the museum. He and his faithful dog arrived, but not on time. Henry still needed to catch up with the class. He thought he had a plan, but like most of Henry’s plans, this one went a little . . . okay, it went For a fourth time, Henry stands before his teacher trying to explain what happened. First, Henry didn’t do his homework¹, and then he was late to school². The last time we were with the young boy, Henry had a tall tale regarding his summer vacation³. Today, Henry missed the bus headed for the museum. He and his faithful dog arrived, but not on time. Henry still needed to catch up with the class. He thought he had a plan, but like most of Henry’s plans, this one went a little . . . okay, it went a lot, overboard. Kids will love A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum . . . for the crazy antics and the way Henry makes the museum his own. Humor is on high alert as Henry and his dog travel from exhibit to exhibit, often turning each exhibit into something hysterically Henry . . . Originally reviewed on Kid Lit Reviews. To read the full review and see illustrations (worth the time), go to: http://bit.ly/FunnyThingHappenedAtMuseum

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    3.5 stars Author Davide Cali (Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs) and illustrator Benjamin Chaud (The Bear's Song) have collaborated together on a number of fun book projects. Included in their collaborative work are other titles in this series of picture books/early fiction titles involving protagonist Henry and his larger-than-life, incredible diversions. Henry has so far, had some spectacular (and some might argue unbelievable!...) adventures during his summer break, while getting to school, and att 3.5 stars Author Davide Cali (Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs) and illustrator Benjamin Chaud (The Bear's Song) have collaborated together on a number of fun book projects. Included in their collaborative work are other titles in this series of picture books/early fiction titles involving protagonist Henry and his larger-than-life, incredible diversions. Henry has so far, had some spectacular (and some might argue unbelievable!...) adventures during his summer break, while getting to school, and attempting to finish his homework. Now, we turn to the museum! In this latest adventure, the story begins with Henry's teacher asking how he found their class trip to the museum. Henry immediately dives in with letting his teacher know that it "wasn't exactly what he expected" as he was "charged by a triceratops" as soon as he set foot in the museum! From there, Henry (and his constant canine companion) experience one tremendous, funny, or bonkers experience to the next. Cali has a sharp and funny sense of humour that plays so well in his storytelling; Chaud's finely detailed, bright, eye-catching and funny illustrations capture Cali's stories so well. Cali and Chaud's series of stories featuring Henry are good fun and should appeal to readers who enjoy wacky reads or stories by authors like Jon Agee, Ole Könnecke, Gemma Merino or Margery Cuyler. Reluctant readers who enjoy funny reads and might find themselves scared off by heavier text in early readers or early chapter books- but don't want to necessarily read "picture books"- might find themselves reaching for A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum.. and other titles in this series. I received a copy of this title courtesy of Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    The fourth of a series of books about hapless Henry and the excuses he delivers to his teacher. This time, he and his dog miss the bus to the museum (one is to presume a museum of natural history, however there are also works of art on display). He has a series of unfortunate events (examples: he is "charged" by a triceratops and knocks over a dinosaur skeleton, and falls into a storage area), where he creates a chaos of his own (leaves behind balloon animals he has made, rearranges the skeleton The fourth of a series of books about hapless Henry and the excuses he delivers to his teacher. This time, he and his dog miss the bus to the museum (one is to presume a museum of natural history, however there are also works of art on display). He has a series of unfortunate events (examples: he is "charged" by a triceratops and knocks over a dinosaur skeleton, and falls into a storage area), where he creates a chaos of his own (leaves behind balloon animals he has made, rearranges the skeleton, and rearranges the storage area). Benjamin Chaud's detailed ink and watercolor artwork include many sight gags which add to the book's humor. While this book has its moments of garnering snickers, I felt as if it was not totally fresh and that I had been there, done that. It is a fun book with plenty chuckles for readers who pour over the art.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roseann

    A boy gets separated from his class on a field trip to the museum and encounters some outlandish experiences as he tries to catch up to them. More fun than Night at the Museum. The detailed illustrations are amazing. This is such a fun read. I can't give this book enough praise. A boy gets separated from his class on a field trip to the museum and encounters some outlandish experiences as he tries to catch up to them. More fun than Night at the Museum. The detailed illustrations are amazing. This is such a fun read. I can't give this book enough praise.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jami Murphy

    I really enjoyed this picture book. It has a charming dog and little boy traveling through the museum causing mischief. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful. I read this to my daughter and she liked it too!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Slow Man

    Henry went on a field trip to a museum. His imagination runs wild. Oh he brought his sausage dog. I found it is the strangest thing. Basically he messed up the whole place and he was all by himself during his visit while his class marched on. Strange yes. Funny not so much.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Gaum

    This museum had exhibits on modern art, ancient art, biology, natural history, geology, astronomy, anthropology, botany, etc. Quite the museum! Simple but fun story of a boy getting up to hijinks while on a school field trip.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Margaux

    Henry's trip to the museum was very enlightening, and might have set him on a path to greatness. Henry's trip to the museum was very enlightening, and might have set him on a path to greatness.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mirko Liang

    Very simple and basic, nice artwork but story wise not that original as a theme.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ameetha Widdershins

    Fun artwork with lots of references to traditional museum exhibits as well as specific artwork and artists.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lara Samuels

    My only complaint is that it ended. Fortunately, I could turn back and begin anew. Illustrations are extraordinary.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Riley

    I had great fun reading this one - I've quickly flipped through a few of the author's other books and I enjoy the artwork and how cheeky the main character is. I had great fun reading this one - I've quickly flipped through a few of the author's other books and I enjoy the artwork and how cheeky the main character is.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tiina

    4.5 stars. So imaginative and funny. Plus, the illustrations are absolute perfection.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Quite the trip to the museum. He explored all areas and did some redecorating while he was there with his class.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mari-Ann

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    I loved the illustrations in this cute and funny book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Children who understand how careful you must be to not touch museum exhibits are the ones who would enjoy this the most.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alex Oletzke

    A fantastic way to put yourself into the shoes of a child who can see all the wonder and possibility of a museum using their imagination.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Laura

    A very funny book with illustrations reminiscent of Edward Gorey!! Loved all the vocabulary as well!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Overson

    Great book and the pictures added to the story .

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sylvester

    4* art 2* story Squirt said, "Hmmm..." 4* art 2* story Squirt said, "Hmmm..."

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Cute, funny, and full of imagination. This book celebrates using children using their imagination in the best way possible.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy Lafleur Meyers

    Funny story about a little boy named Henry who is late to museum field trip. Separated from his class, Henry tries to reunite with his classmates. In the process he ends up inadvertently causing trouble and accidents though he has good intentions. Henry shows a Neanderthal family how to make balloon animals and also knocks over a dinosaur skeleton and tries to put it back together. Another one from Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud. It's super amusing and particularly has lots of humor in the illustr Funny story about a little boy named Henry who is late to museum field trip. Separated from his class, Henry tries to reunite with his classmates. In the process he ends up inadvertently causing trouble and accidents though he has good intentions. Henry shows a Neanderthal family how to make balloon animals and also knocks over a dinosaur skeleton and tries to put it back together. Another one from Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud. It's super amusing and particularly has lots of humor in the illustrations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Something happens to Henry when he's trying to get somewhere, and outlandish explanations are provided for whatever happens. When his teacher asks for his impressions of the museum that the class visited, he seems to have had more than his share of adventures, including dealing with secret stairwells, dinosaurs, and volcanoes. When he enters a secret room and straightens up a few things while adding his own unique touch, the result is unexpected, and fits the ending quite well. As his teacher su Something happens to Henry when he's trying to get somewhere, and outlandish explanations are provided for whatever happens. When his teacher asks for his impressions of the museum that the class visited, he seems to have had more than his share of adventures, including dealing with secret stairwells, dinosaurs, and volcanoes. When he enters a secret room and straightens up a few things while adding his own unique touch, the result is unexpected, and fits the ending quite well. As his teacher suggests that he has the makings of an artist and he denies it, others are paying attention to what he's left behind. Many young readers will enjoy this one since it features a boy getting into all sorts of mischief on a field trip and getting away with it, but I liked the previous three titles dealing with what happened to the main character's homework, what happened on the way to school, and what happened during one extraordinary summer, but all four are filled with colorful illustrations and quite a lot of exaggeration--or maybe not.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ann

    Odd book about a boy who arrives late to his class field trip. Henry thinks he will able to catch up quickly to his group but many obstacles stand in his way - created by Henry. Why is this book odd? It doesn't fit in easily to a category. Few words. Picture book type illustrations with clues that young children will not understand. Henry is obviously an elementary student. Odd book about a boy who arrives late to his class field trip. Henry thinks he will able to catch up quickly to his group but many obstacles stand in his way - created by Henry. Why is this book odd? It doesn't fit in easily to a category. Few words. Picture book type illustrations with clues that young children will not understand. Henry is obviously an elementary student.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    In this duo's fourth collaboration, a field trip at the museum is where all the craziness ensues. This series is so fun! In this duo's fourth collaboration, a field trip at the museum is where all the craziness ensues. This series is so fun!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I love reading cute, little illustrated tales like this! Reading this was a delight and made me smile. Since I live in New York, my mind immediately went to the museums I know and love because the museum exhibits drawn in this story looked very similar to ones in The Met, the American Museum of Natural History, and the MoMA, which I loved.

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