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Once there was a girl who lived in a castle. The castle was inside a museum. When children visited, they’d press against the glass globe in which the castle sat, to glimpse the tiny girl. But when they went home, the girl was lonely. Then one day, she had an idea! What if you hung a picture of yourself inside the castle inside the museum, inside this book? Then you’d ableOnce there was a girl who lived in a castle. The castle was inside a museum. When children visited, they’d press against the glass globe in which the castle sat, to glimpse the tiny girl. But when they went home, the girl was lonely. Then one day, she had an idea! What if you hung a picture of yourself inside the castle inside the museum, inside this book? Then you’d able to keep the girl company. Reminiscent of “The Lady of Shalot,” here is an original fairy tale that feels like a dream—haunting, beautiful, and completely unforgettable....

Title : The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum
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ISBN : 9780375836060
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum Reviews

  • karen
    2019-05-16 21:30

    i first saw this book because of miriam's review, and then when ceridwen reviewed it, too, i just had to order it in to the store for me. and i totally agree with what ceridwen says about negative reviews being just as effective at helping another reader decide if a book is for them or not. i am pretty stubborn and self-motivated, when it comes to books, i like to make up my own mind. miriam didn't like it, ceridwen did, but i knew that cover art was calling to me, so i had to see it for myself.and i'm glad i own it, because it is truly beautiful.for me, the words are just an excuse for the pictures. to me, it is the book equivalent of city of lost children. i think it is beautiful,but i'd rather watch it with the sound off. and i think for the pictures alone, this book is worth a moment of your time.ceridwen says (because this is somehow a review of ceridwen's review, not the book - ha) that she is never sure how to star-rate children's books - for the child, for the parent - i do not have children to read this to, so my rating is for me alone. five stars for art - three for words. make up your own minds.

  • Miriam
    2019-05-14 18:24

    A little arty, a little abstract, a little sad. I'm not sure to whom I would recommend this odd, brief little story of loneliness -- certainly not to children, it would be depressing and potentially upsetting.I don't think everything distressing is necessarily inappropriate for children, but there are plenty of important real topics they should know about without inflicting this strange, artificial tale of a girl trapped alone in a model castle in a museum case upon them. When I was little it would have given me nightmares and probably caused heebie-jeebies about visiting the museum. The art was sort of interesting but I didn't get at all what the author wanted to do here.

  • Isa Lavinia
    2019-05-08 21:30

    actual rating: 1.5 starsWhat a disappointment :(Those 1.5 stars are entirely awarded to the illustrations. Nicoletta Ceccoli deserved to illustrate an actual worthy story, not this... thing.The story is absolutely pointless. "Reminiscent of The Lady of Shalott'"? How? Because they were both in a tower? "An original fairy tale"? Where? This was artsy fartsy stringed nonsense attempting to be taken as ~deep~. There was absolutely no writing skill, very little imagination where the story is concerned, with no effort put into the writing, which is an incohesive mess. I definitely do not recommend this to anyone. Oh, wait, I guess I recommend it to fans of Lang Leav. Anyone else just flip through the book at a book store to see the illustrations. They were really pretty, Ceccoli has a gift, I hope I see more of her work.

  • Amina
    2019-05-11 23:24

    The three stars are for the amazing illustrations, they're really great.The story wasn't what I expected when reading the title. I found it to be a bit short, it is a children book, but I would've loved more events.

  • Andreea
    2019-04-30 01:26

    O carte pentru copii cu ilustrații superbe. Povestirea însă e puțin stranie, iar spre final senzația asta de ciudat se accentuează.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-21 17:45

    I give this five stars for its otherworldly illustrations. Anyone who noticed the great cover of "Horns and Wrinkles" will enjoy these pictures, "rendered in acrylic paint, clay models, photography, and digital media." This is way I love to see the computer being used for art: to polish technique, save time, and add layers, but to leave the execution mysterious, and not have the final result scream "I drew this in PhotoShop." This is the same reason I will always prefer "The Ugly Truckling"'s illustrations to those of "Walter the Farting Dog." Nicoletta Ceccoli's work reminds me of a more babydoll version of Dave McKean's, and this book would be interesting paired with "Summertime Waltz." That said, the story of this book is a bit odd and didn't flow very well for me. I checked to see if it was a translation and was surprised to find that it was not. I think it lends itself best to imaginative one-on-one reading.

  • Philip
    2019-05-03 19:28

    *I moved my introduction to the end of the review, since it was a bit long and boring...First of all, the illustrations. Obviously. They were simply haunting, beautiful, disturbing and altogether fantastic. Like the porcelain dolls at that bed 'n breakfast. You know the one, you're worried they'll come alive, but somehow you're hoping for it as well because they're sad and lonely and beautiful. ...I'm not talking about the creepy porcelain dolls. ... the ones that you're afraid will come to life and murder you in your sleep.The story was alright, obviously there's not a lot of time for character development in children's stories, but I thought the author did just fine.There's a girl who lives in a castle inside a museum. Children come to the museum hoping to catch a glimpse of her. She's inside her magical castle dreaming of the children on the outside.I don't know the background of the story, but I like to believe there's a castle in a museum somewhere, and the curator made up this story about a girl living inside. She tells the story to the young kids who come to the museum, and they're always trying to see the girl as she peeks her head out the window. The curator smiles to herself as some kids leave believing they caught a glimpse of the girl. It's a flea circus, and even though there are no fleas, some kids are certain they saw one jump.The story takes it a step farther though, the curator was wrong. The girl does exist. And while the curator (and children who believe) on the outside dreams up the existence of the girl, the girl is inside dreaming up the existence of them. ...It reminded me of Zhuangzi's butterfly dream... "Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn't know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi."There's a kitschy part at the end where the reader can add a photo so the princess can look out as well. Perhaps it adds a bit of romantic irony to the book, but I thought it took away from the surrealism...It was interesting anyway, interesting enough to review and count as one of my 86 books for 2011.*The introduction* I realize I've been reviewing quite a few children's books lately, and sometimes I feel like that is cheating - my goodreads goal is 86 books by the end of the year. Of course, it only counts the books I review... my policy had always been only review the children's books that you've read 5 times... but then, tonight when I read what? 9 Children's books - including, but not limited to:I Love the AlphabetFroggy Loves BooksBaby's Very First Colors BookThe Foot BookSome Fancy Nancy, an Eloise story that I made up on the spot... you get the idea...I decided I'd review my favorite one. Second place wasn't bad either, Where's My Mommy? - but this one's my favorite. Here's why:

  • Leslie
    2019-04-27 21:43

    Inside the Castle inside a Museum that is Inside the Story that is this book, which was inside the imagination of Kate Bernheimer and Nicoletta Ceccoli. Dreamers inside dreams who have dreams wherein the reader is brought to mind.The story and its images would defy the dimensions of a page. Ceccoli plays with dimensions (some Escheresque details), media, and shadows, while Bernheimer acknowledges the reader in a theatrical violation of the fourth wall. The story resides in simultaneity, multiple planes living and interacting. Reader and character alike are enlivened; the reader inspired to dream by the one they would dream about.Even if the reader doesn’t leave their photograph in the frame on the girl’s wall, the reader has already kept her company.The Girl inside the Castle inside the Museum is an equal parts disturbing and enchanting fairytale. I highly recommend it.L @ omphaloskepsis

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-05-17 17:23

    This was a peculiar and rather creepy book. I do think some young children would enjoy this but I’d be cautious about introducing it to children who are very sensitive or who easily over empathize with others. It’s a sad story that the gimmick of the child/children reader(s) putting their photo in the book toward the end (to be company for the lonely girl trapped in the castle inside the museum) doesn’t suffice to make it an consoling or uplifting experience, at least it wouldn’t have for me when I was young and it wouldn’t for many kids I have known and know now.The pictures are truly exquisite, if a bit odd. The story is certainly imaginative and ripe for discussion, and I do love the fact that it takes place in a museum where children routinely visit. I was introduced to museums at a fairly young age and I love taking kids to museums (of various types) now, and I'm a sucker for stories that take place in museums too.

  • Becky
    2019-05-17 18:49

    If I were to give a review based on illustrations alone, then The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum would be five stars. Sadly though, the actual story is lacking. The concept of The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum is brilliant. It's a story of a little doll that lives in a castle inside a display globe at the museum. She's very curious about the children who come to see her. She's also very lonely when they go home, and dreams about having friends. Again, it's a beautiful concept, but I wish that the author would have developed the story and made it longer.

  • Natalie
    2019-04-29 18:50

    Giving this four stars for my daughter who deemed it "cool" (that's a four in kidspeak) and confirmed it would make a fun gift book for girls 6+Anyone who's ever stood as I did as a girl looking into Colleen Moore's scale Fairy Castle at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago has imagined the girl in the castle inside the museum and will be pleased to meet her! For kids who have never seen such a thing, this book is possibly the next best thing! Take the Tour! What you might see: murals and paintings painted by Walt Disney himself; chandeliers adorned with real diamonds, emeralds and pearls; a tiny bible, dating back to 1840; and ancient statues more than 2,000 years old! Impossible to look at and not imagine yourself or someone else small enough to be inside?Colleen Mooreauthor ofSilent Star Colleen Moore Talks About Her Hollywood

  • Jill
    2019-04-23 23:40

    This is a picture book unlike any book I've ever read. The premise is that there is a girl who lives in a castle inside a museum. The castle is encased in a glass globe, and when children come to the musem, they press their noses against the glass globe and get a glimpse of the girl in the castle. When the children leave at night, she gets lonely even though she is surrounded by beautiful things. At night she dreams of children her own size visiting her, and "sometimes the girl in the castle even dreams about you." Her solution for overcoming her loneliness is to hang a picture of you, the reader, on the wall beside her bed. The last line of the book, "Do you see her? She sees you." EEEK!I really like it because it is different, and has an ethereal, dream-like aura that takes me to another world. Nicoletta Ceccoli's soft clay model, acrylic, and digital media illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and in fact, they are the most beautiful illustrations I've seen in a picture book yet. They, along with the story, will captivate the reader.Kate Bernheimer has hit a home run with her first children's book, and I will definitely look for more from her in future. I think many kids will love it, but I would be wary of reading it to smaller kids who may be a little frightened at the thought of the girl watching them. However, some kids totally eat stuff like this up, so I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not it's the right choice for your child.

  • Alia
    2019-05-02 19:21

    The art here is lovely, so lovely that I had the urge to rip out the pages to hang them framed on my wall. And since there's really no substance to the text, maybe that wouldn't be such a bad idea. As much as I loved the illustrations, I think the story (about a lonely princess in a castle who dreams about children visiting her) was sort of boring and lacked kid appeal. The inside cover calls it an original fairy tale but the book lacks any of the traditional fairy tale elements aside from the fact that there's a princess in a castle. I can imagine kids wanting to look at the detailed pictures and not really caring about the rest.

  • Kris
    2019-04-28 19:25

    The illustrations in this book are absolutely amazing. I would frame every picture in this book if I could. Oddly, the moment I saw the pictures I thought, "This is like a kid friendly version of Dali." I am glad I read this book without reading any reviews first. Personally, the haunting/fantasy/gothic-like tone in this book is actually a nice change! Some children would really appreciate this! It is a FAR cry from --the happy bear lived in a happy house and everyone was oh-so-happy. This book should be appreciated for what it is, unique! Both the author and illustrator did a fabulous job reaching out to children and adults who can appreciate this style of writing and art work.

  • L.S.
    2019-04-30 01:36

    The illustrations. The drawings of Nicoletta Ceccoli are amazing. "Delicate" and "tender" are good words for describing them. But I feel also a closeness to the drawings - this may be because of the way she draws the faces: big with un-realistic distance between the eyes & mouth (remember the licking pets?). If you want to see more of her work, try here: The book. The idea of the story is okay, the "dreams" that the girl inside the museum castle is excellent. But the way are put in the book is pretty lamentable: short and dry sentences. ps: Oare di ce n-o fost in stare astia de la nemira sa scrie corect numele ilustratorului?

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-05-07 23:35

    I'm not sure what to think of this. I definitely liked the illustrations, which were fuzzy around the edges like a dream and filled with fantastic images. There really wasn't a plot; it seemed to be more of an attempt by the author to create a story within a story or a book within a book, to make the reader feel like they're part of the story. It didn't quite work for me. I can see that it might appeal to children who like fantasy and fairy tales.

  • Amy
    2019-05-02 17:46

    the story and illustrations are grasping way too hard, trying desperately to hold, illuminate and share the sweet magic of childhood... it's like you're being conked on the head with a long, heartfelt *sigh*blahimagination ought not be so silky and powdery and never so listlessly packaged.

  • Ryan
    2019-04-20 19:33

    Very sweet - my daughter would have insisted on her picture being put in the book Right Now. Possibly a hair creepy, from an adult-who-reads-Gaiman perspective. The illustrations are lovely, but I can see them being scary in the dark.

  • Marjorie Ingall
    2019-04-28 22:26

    Wanted to love it. Didn't. The text was un-involving; the art, while beautiful, was just too achingly self-consciously, otherworldly, whispery woo-woo for me. I wasn't engaged. I'll see if my 7-year-old or 4-year-old loves it, but I'm gonna guess no.

  • GraceAnne
    2019-05-03 18:21

    Lovely, odd. I couldn't decide if I found it mysterious, surreal, or just ... weird.

  • Madison Ramsey
    2019-04-21 17:48

    This picture book is about a girl who lives in a tiny castle in a museum. This girl has a beautiful home and life, but she is still lonely. She dreams of children coming to play with her, even the reader. I did not love this book. The illustrations were a little creepy, in my opinion. I do not think I will have this story in my class room.

  • Viviane Elbee
    2019-04-22 00:22

    The art by Nicoletta Ceccoli has this beautiful, dreamy, antique, magical other-worldly feel to it. At times the artwork has a lonely and somewhat spooky atmosphere, which works for this story. It's got great texture too. I would give the art 5 stars.The story is about loneliness and the narrator directly addresses the reader at times. Kids did not want a re-read.

  • Sarah Westgate
    2019-04-28 01:42

    Genre: Fantasy This book could be used in a classroom grades Kindergarten to 3rd. One unique feature of this text is the pictures, which are made in acrylic paint and clay models used with photography. This story also offers a new perspective on the characters in the book and the impact on readers.

  • Seema Rao
    2019-04-27 21:21

    Creepy tale of a girl who lives in a miniature in a museum but with attractive images

  • Kim
    2019-04-28 17:25

    The story is a little sad and creepy, but the art is stunning.

  • Heydi Smith
    2019-04-18 21:38

    Very pretty pictures.

  • Mely
    2019-05-03 17:22

    I so wanted to love this book. The illustrations are beautiful. However, the story is just mediocre.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-30 20:46

    A girl lives in a castle, inside a glass dome, inside a museum. Children come to the museum to stare at her. She is lonely and dreams of children who come visit.Story has no depth and the illustrations are creepy.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-04-25 18:37

    As promised in yesterday's review of The Elephant Wish, this is my second review of a picture book I read recently that gave me the creeps. The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum (2008), written by Kate Bernheimer,and illustrated by Nicolette Ceccoli, shares The Elephant Wish's ethereal, dreamlike qualities, but whereas The Elephant Wish is at times humorous, The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum really struck me as sinister.A lonely girl lives inside a castle, which is encased in a glass globe inside a museum. All day, boys and girls press their noses to the glass, studying her. The girl longs to be on the outside, and each night, she dreams of children who might be her friends.I was okay up until this point. But the story takes a sudden turn when the narrator stops speaking in the third person about the girl and addresses the reader directly, saying, "Sometimes she even dreams about you." That sentence gave me such a chill, and it only got more disturbing from there. Returning to his description of the girl, the narrator tells us that she wants a picture of the reader to hang by her bedside so she won't feel so lonely. The haunting last line of the book is: "Do you see her? She sees you." Even now, just writing this review, I've got the heebie-jeebies! Wow!I think what makes the book especially creepy is the otherworldly quality of the the illustrations. The girl seems like a ghost, just floating through the castle, and when she stares out of the page at the reader, she has no expression at all. I find that terrifying. The entire book felt like a haunting to me.But if I set aside my fears for a moment, this book does offer an interesting opportunity to discuss empathy. While I think the idea of a girl imprisoned in a museum castle would be too strange and abstract for many preschoolers, it would spark interesting thought and discussion for older kids who are beginning to think beyond just themselves. How would it feel to be that lonely? Are there people who are that lonely living in our world? Do we see them, or do we look past them because their situation troubles us? This book raises these questions, and many more.So, bottom line? The book is disturbing, but like I said about The Elephant Wish yesterday, its bizarre quality makes it possible for the book to convey emotions a more ordinary story might not be able to approach in quite the same way. I would definitely not recommend it to little ones prone to nightmares, or to really sensitive kids, because I found it quite troubling, and can only imagine how it might upset a four-year-old. But fans of the bizarre, the abstract, and the chilling will be drawn into its strange little world and want to read it again and again.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-16 21:28

    As a child I loved going to museum...heck I still do. I remember reading stories of children running away from home to live inside of museums and quite frankly I wanted to do that more than anything.The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum is a simple children's book that is about a girl who lives inside a miniture castle that is on display inside a museum. During the day children press their faces up to the glass to try and catch a glimpse of the girl in the castle. But at night when the children have gone home the girl in the castle is lonely. She dreams people coming to visit her.This book is very hard for me to rate. The story itself was pretty awful. It had the potential to be something special but in the end it was about 2 stars for me and my son. But what makes this book is the illustrations. Oh my god! I could spend all day looking at these fantastical illustrations. They tell the story better than the words themselves. So beautiful and so haunting I just want to immerse myself in the world Nicoletta Ceccoli has drawn. The drawings are 5star worthy. So I'll have to give a mixed star review. For the illustrations alone a solid 5 stars. For the actual written story a solid 2 stars. I will not mark and stars for this review since I can't fairly give it both 5 and 2 stars