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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 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 amazing vanishing act in the museum's history. The museum's entire collection of dinosaur skeletons has disappeared! In a panic, Larry rushes from one room to the next--then dashes outside into Central Park, and then next door into the planetarium. Where did the skeletons go? Who is the dinosaur thief? How in the world will Larry ever get those dinosaur bones back? Originally published by Barron's in 1993, this mystery-comedy picture book features the author's original captivating, hilarious, full-color illustrations on every page.


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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 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 amazing vanishing act in the museum's history. The museum's entire collection of dinosaur skeletons has disappeared! In a panic, Larry rushes from one room to the next--then dashes outside into Central Park, and then next door into the planetarium. Where did the skeletons go? Who is the dinosaur thief? How in the world will Larry ever get those dinosaur bones back? Originally published by Barron's in 1993, this mystery-comedy picture book features the author's original captivating, hilarious, full-color illustrations on every page.

30 review for The Night at the Museum

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    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!? 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!? The other guards get him to help them with their work while he looks around the museum for the missing dinos. There is a bit of a trick involved, and while I don't generally like tricks (especially those played on new employees, classmates, etc.), I think in this case it is okay and done with good spirits and doesn't harm Larry. The ending is very cute and I like how it brings things back together into the real world and how YOU might visit a museum one day and find a sleeping security guard... ;-) Recommended to those who enjoy humorous tales, and especially to anyone about to visit New York's Museum of Natural History. I'm surprised and sorry the book isn't better known, especially with the movies' success.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Carroll

    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 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 night. This story captured our attention and we thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. This would be a great book to share at story time because children would delight in what happens from page to page.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    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 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 like the first movie. He's left in charge of the dinosaur room and front and center there's a T-rex skeleton, just like in the film. And he goes missing. The rest of the book follows the new guard as he tries to find the missing skeleton and is lead on a wild goose chase throughout a museum that has come to life. The picture book is one small piece of the film. The book doesn't try to explain why the exhibits come to life. Nor is it one guard all by himself. It's still got the same spirit and magic of the films and I recommend it to any young (or old) fan of them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    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 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 hilarity of the story. And we laughed when we read the ending that explains why you might someday find a sleeping museum guard. Overall, it's an entertaining tale and we enjoyed reading it together.

  5. 5 out of 5

    This Film is Lit

    A thrilling family romp with dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, and problematic love stories. It’s Night at the Museum, and This Film is Lit. Listen to us on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and more! A thrilling family romp with dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, and problematic love stories. It’s Night at the Museum, and This Film is Lit. Listen to us on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and more!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paige Scott

    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 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 dinosaurs may be down there. Larry checks down in the food room, still can't find them and he keeps finding bones, and keeps following them and looking everywhere for the dinosaurs. He finally finds them where they orginally were, and realizes the guards were just playing a trick on him. The museum is about to open for the next day and all of the animals and people are back in their exhibit. Larry's boss asked him how he liked the night shift, he said he liked it but Larry was tired. The boss asked then asked him to take the dayshift as well, so therefore if you ever go into a musuem and see a guard sleeping, he may of had a crazy night the night before. 2) Age Level: 4-7 years old, Grade Level: Preschool-2nd grade 3) Appropriate classroom use of this book could be used during History to combine a number of Historical events in one lesson based off of the book 4) Individual students who might benefit from reading this book would be students who have seen the movie and loved it, or students that enjoy history 5) Small group use of the book could be to assign each group a person or animal mentioned in the book that esacped and have them research more information on that topic and share with the class. 6) Whole class use of this book could be to read the book, and watch the movie as well. This movie does have many historical references in it, which would be great for the students to watch and learn about, while also having fun. 7) Related Books: American Museum of Natural History, Another Night at the Museum 8) As far as multimedia connections, there is a movie called Night at the Museum that is based off of this book which would be good to play in the classroom, and also a Kindle version available of the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hana Amira

    I had a very fun time reading this book! It's perfect. I love the story and illustrations so much. The colors are pretty. The Night at the Museum is one of my favorite childhood films and I'm gonna make this book as one of my children's favorite books in the future. I'm sure I'm going to give this as a birthday gift for them and take them to American Museum of National History. I had a very fun time reading this book! It's perfect. I love the story and illustrations so much. The colors are pretty. The Night at the Museum is one of my favorite childhood films and I'm gonna make this book as one of my children's favorite books in the future. I'm sure I'm going to give this as a birthday gift for them and take them to American Museum of National History.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    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!! ❤️

  9. 4 out of 5

    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?)

  10. 4 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    Fun story and a peek inside the nightly happenings in a museum

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Cute book for kids. An even better movie.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hααlεч ♥ Fιѕнεя ♥ she\her

    Inspiration for the movie! Definitely fun.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    I actually liked this quite a bit, it's a right good little read I actually liked this quite a bit, it's a right good little read

  15. 4 out of 5

    Naliza Fahro-Rozi

    Charming, funny picture book .

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gary Vassallo

    What a fun read! Great to read with young children.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Cute and fun! Good for storytime. :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tani

    Cute! Nothing like the movie haha

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erina

    This book is fun to read. The book is somewhat different from the movie.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

    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. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    McKinlay

    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. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lee Kai Sang

    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

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This is a cute book about a night security guard's first night on the job at the museum. Honestly it made me want to go to the the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, where this book is set. I think that means the book achieves its goal. This is a cute book about a night security guard's first night on the job at the museum. Honestly it made me want to go to the the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, where this book is set. I think that means the book achieves its goal.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Almost as good as the movie.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Halsey Price

    My daughter enjoyed this book. It is nothing like the movie, but we still enjoyed it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    My son liked it. I thought it was cute.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doug Cornelius

    Both kids loved this ridiculous story of the exhibits coming to life. Somehow, the ridiculous book is more believable than the ridiculous movie.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    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! 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!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leeana

    it was a good book i have never read a good book like this

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maysaloon Abu-Zaglan

    The book is good as the movie :) Enjoy it ..

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