Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Cover Copy: Wealthy business executive Larry Daley fondly recalls his time as a low-paid night guard at New York’s Museum of Natural History–and how the exhibits would magically come to life. But now, Jedediah, the miniature cowboy, Dexter the monkey, and his old museum pals are being replaced and shipped off to the Smithsonian’s archives in Washington D.C. Then Larry learns that the mystical tablet of Ahkmenrah was shipped by mistake, bringing his friends to life in unfamiliar surroundings! Now, it’s up to the former night guard to save Jed and the others while stopping a nefarious plot by the pharaoh Kamunrah, Al Capone, and a host of other sinister evil-doers. Luckily, Larry’s not alone. He’s getting important help from the famous aviator Amelia Earhart.
“The Junior Novelization, published by Barron’s, presents a more detailed version of the film’s plot. The well-written narrative reflects both the movie’s suspense and humor with clearly delineated action scenes and lively dialog. Vivid descriptions of the setting give readers a taste of the Smithsonian Institution and the diverse wonders found in its museums and collections. Eight pages of full-color movie stills, captioned with quotes from the characters portrayed, complete the fan-pleasing experience.”
—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal, May 4, 2009