the museum by moonlight or tobias and friends on guard of the history of riga

  • author: Juris Zvirgzdiņš
  • illustrator: Ingrīda Pičukāne

isbn: 978-9984-820-43-9

size: 21 x 25 cm

quantity: 64 pages

year: 2012

price: 7,20 €

While teddy-bear Tobias, toy dog Fu Fuu and Elliot, the old and wise toy bear, are all great travellers, for some reason or other they have never before visited the ancient Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation in their home city. Now the friends are poring over the display cases excitedly until their tiny toy-animal paws get tired and, having found a quiet corner, they decide to rest a bit.

When the friends wake up from their nap, they are already surrounded by darkness and two strange-looking men – the tramps Johnny and Cuckoo – are stealthily entering the closed museum through the fireplace; they have been asked by a dangerous character known as Hulk to steal a painting.


The toy animals are scared out of their wits; however, it turns out that the two losers are not evil at all – it’s just that they are very afraid of the horrible Hulk. When Hulk himself arrives at the nocturnal museum accompanied by two proper toughs, the toy animals and tramps join forces and defend themselves with ‘the weapons of history’.


The moon appears in the window; the clock strikes twelve, and the hour of miracles starts at the museum: the exhibits come alive and get involved in the goings-on. Although the intruders manage to capture the heroic toy Rigans who are defending their museum, all ends well for them and the museum is saved.

The artist Ingrīda Pičukāne has created equally exciting illustrations to the captivating book, featuring an original technique that uses both drawing and photographs of the actual museum and helps the reader feel quite immersed in the unfolding nocturnal events and the world of history and wonders.