A boy's visit to an art museum turns into an adventure when statues move, the subjects of paintings laugh and ancient Egyptian scrolls turn into — well, it's hard to explain. David LaRochelle's new picture book, "Arlo's Artrageous Adventure!," published by Sterling is bright and lively, with little flaps for children to open to find out what's really going on inside the staid museum.
LaRochelle, who lives in White Bear Lake, won a Minnesota Book Award for "It's a Tiger!" and is the author of two other picture books published this year — "How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans," illustrated by Mark Fearing, and "Moo!," illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka.
He will launch "Arlo" at 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Red Balloon in St. Paul and will be at Debra Frasier's Alphabet Forest on Aug. 29 at the Minnesota State Fair.
• "Small, Imperfect Paradise," poems by Dallas Crow, has been published by Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin Libraries. Crow lives in St. Paul and teaches at Breck School. His poems have been published in English Journal, Tar River Poetry and elsewhere.
• "Psychedelic Norway," poems by John Colburn, will be published in October by Coffee House Press. Colburn lives in Minneapolis, where he is editor and co-publisher of Spout Press.
• Molly Beth Griffin's young adult novel "Silhouette of a Sparrow" is out in paperback from Milkweed Editions. The book won the Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.
• "Survival Schools," by Julie L. Davis, has been published by the University of Minnesota Press. It is a history of Heart of the Earth School in Minneapolis and the Red School House in St. Paul, and explains how the schools helped preserve American Indian culture and community. Davis teaches at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University near St. Cloud.
• "The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light," by Paul Bogard, has been published by Little, Brown. Bogard grew up in Minneapolis and attended Carleton College and now teaches at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. He'll read at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Common Good Books in St. Paul.