Anna at the Art Museum

Anna at the Art Museum

by Gail Herbert & Hazel Hutchins
  • arts
  • character-development
  • diversity

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.


Gail Herbert, author

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

Hazel Hutchins, author

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.

Lil Crump, illustrator

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.


  • […] [The] artworks on each page are excellent reproductions of works found in art museums around the world […]. The sight gags are playful and plentiful […]. Clever and endearing. - Kirkus Reviews Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Annick Press



rights sold: Canada, USA

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 4-7

number of pages: 36

publication date: 09/11/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book