Make It a Gift/Book Review: Sleepover at the Museum

Posted January 8, 2019 by shooting in Book Review / 34 Comments

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Sleepover at the Museum by Karen LeFrak and illustrated by David Bucs

Review by Lauren

source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own

Official Summary (add on Goodreads): Mason couldn’t wait to celebrate his birthday with a sleepover at the museum of natural history–his favorite place to visit.

Armed with headlamps for the dark hallways, a map, and a list of clues, Mason and his two best friends take off on a scavenger hunt through each hall of the museum. But they aren’t just trying to solve the clues. They’re scouting for the best place to spend the night.

Sleeping next to a T. rex in the Hall of Dinosaurs felt too scary. And sleeping with the monarch butterflies would probably tickle. This decision isn’t as easy as Mason thought it would be….

Wherever they end up, the museum at night is the best place for a birthday adventure!

Review: Thanks to the publisher for letting me be part of the book tour for Sleepover at the Museum. This is a really cute picture book for slightly older readers. There is plenty to read for those that can, but it could make a fun read-aloud too. Basically, Mason goes to the Museum of Natural History for his birthday with his two best friends, Will and Zoe. They are led on a scavenger hunt, using clues to find the answers. Once they are finished, Mason gets to pick where he wants him and his friends to spend the night.

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This is such a cute little book! I slept over at a museum when I was younger and it was really fun, so I do recommend looking into museums, aquariums, and zoos that allow sleepovers. There is even a list of some options at the end of the book.

I really liked the bright illustrations – it’s sure to make you want to visit your own local museum after seeing Mason and his friends explore theirs. I thought the clues were really fun, and they weren’t all easy, so you definitely learn a lot too. One thing I thought was cool is that the end papers are a map of the museum, so be sure to point that out to the little ones if you read the book.

Have you ever slept over in a museum (or zoo, aquarium, etc.) or has your kid? 

If you could stay at any museum overnight, which one would you choose and why? 

First Make it a Gift post of 2019! If you’re new to the blog, or just don’t remember, I use Make it a Gift when I have an item or two that I think would make a really fun gift if given along with the book in question.

For Sleepover at the Museum, you must add the movie Night at the Museum. It would make a perfect gift, don’t you think? If you plan on ordering Sleepover at the Museum and/or Night at the Museum, don’t forget to sign up for Ebates and see if you can get money back on your order. If you don’t have an account, use my affiliate link for Ebates!

34 responses to “Make It a Gift/Book Review: Sleepover at the Museum

  1. RO

    I loved the Stiller movies, and it did have me wishing I could hang out all night at a museum for sure. What a great book to go along with that theme! Hugs…RO

  2. The book and movie would make a great gift together! I think my son would enjoy the book, he’s still just learning to read, but I think we could read it together like you said and I think he’d get a kick out of it because he loves to go to the museum!

  3. Mother of 3

    That looks like an adorable book and immediately brought to mind that movie series; my boys and I just love those movies. Pinned.

  4. I love museums and aquariums, but especially museums of natural history! This sounds really good! I want to pick up a copy for my grandson. Great review, Lauren! 🙂

  5. This sounds absolutely adorable Lauren and perfect to read along with watching the film. I really enjoyed them even as an adult. Thanks so much for sharing! ♡

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  6. The book and movie together would make an amazing gift.
    That is so cool that you slept over at a museum – it must have been so much fun.

  7. This book sounds adorable! I had no idea that museums did sleepovers, and now I wish I had had the opportunity to do something that awesome as a kid. Museums aren’t really big in my area, and the State Museum is very modern and boring. I’d love to go to a really old museum and get that true museum experience. From the sound of this book I think Night at the Museum would go perfectly with it!

  8. Jen

    Bo, but wouldn’t that be fun! I wonder where I would sleep? For sure, not next to the T Rex or wax figures, because….

    Cute book!

  9. This looks so cute! I’d love to show this to a Key Stage 1 class… and even better than a movie night, if in London, you could follow it up with a sleepover at the Natural History Museum! They do a few of those for kids, in the Great Hall, every year.

  10. It’s so cool that museums arrange sleepover for kids! Here in Hungary there is „Night of the Museums” when you can enter the museums at night but those times there’s a lot of ppl there like during the day (or even more).

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