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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: A Bat Book
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061855744X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618557448
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3–This is the quintessential book about going to the beach complete with overflowing picnic baskets, kite flying, singing around the campfire, and scratchy sand in places where no sand should be. Kids will certainly identify with the exuberant and familiar fun, but what will get them howling is the fact that the characters are bats that are visiting the beach in the moonlight. The rhyming text is grounded in reality with many inventive twists to keep the imagination rolling. There is moon-tan lotion, salted 'skeeters, and bat kites. Where the book truly soars is in the dark yet luminescent art where bat wings glow in the light of the full moon and the sky is a steely blue. The faces on the bats are furry and friendly. These creatures use cocktail umbrellas for beach umbrellas; they hold wing-boat races in red-and-white checked food containers; and when it's time for a late-night snack, they enter the ice-cream shack where a lit light bulb attracts a multitude of succulent bugs. Readers may not be tempted to try marshmallows with bug legs and gossamer wings but that won't keep them from reveling in this grand adventure.–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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K-Gr. 2. The trope of a day at the beach is turned on its head with a family of bats that spend a night there, complete with "moon-tan lotion." Young bats play with "the stuff [they] find" and bury each other in the sand; older ones sing around the campfire and toast "bug-mallows" (an episode accompanied by a slightly icky image of marshmallows with legs and wings). The rhyming text, which floats white against the dark backdrops, leaves no beach activity or experience unmentioned, right down to the unpleasant feel of itchy sand "where no sand should be." The acrylic paintings are appropriately dark but never muddy, and the gently anthropomorphized bats, every strand of fur sharply delineated, follow in the cute-but-still-batlike tradition of Stellaluna (1993). Readers will be swept right along until the sun comes up and the bats return home: "We sigh and snuggle close together / to dream about the moony weather." GraceAnne DeCandido
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More About the Author

Brian Lies is the award-winning author/illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers BATS AT THE BEACH, BATS AT THE LIBRARY and BATS AT THE BALLGAME, and illustrator of more than 22 other books, including the recent MORE (by I.C. Springman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). He has won many awards for his work, including the 2011 Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award (Kansas State picture book award). Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives in eastern Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. He has loved libraries and books since he was little, and when he travels, he rarely misses an opportunity to explore the local library.

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The story is fun, and the illustrations are great.
xmasboy
Recieved this as a baby shower gift because we like bats and already I love to read this as our bed time book.
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Highly recommended and a book that can be enjoyed on many levels.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Bam on April 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a fabulous book. Beautifully written prose, with each word obviously carefully chosen. Stunning and imaginative illustrations match the meticulously written story. I am a school librarian and the children absoltuely love this book and want to hear it and look at the illustrations again and again, each time discovering something special they missed the last time around. Highly recommended and a book that can be enjoyed on many levels.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Barbara O'Connor on April 20, 2006
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I'll start with the artwork: one word - STUNNING! Brian makes those beach-bound bats so appealing! Young children will want to look at the pictures over and over - there's so much to see. The moonglow on the ocean, the fireglow on the faces of the bats, the humorous activities of the bat children..... And what kid won't LOVE those icky bugmallows roasting over the fire!

Now the text: this is such a fresh story. Kids will love hearing what those playful bats do at the beach while the rest of the world is fast asleep.

This one is a pure joy from start to finish - and one that your kids will ask for again and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miss Dahl on March 10, 2008
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I read one reviewer who gave this book 1 star he/she bought it and found it to be nothing but "fluff". I have to firmly disagree I found this book enticing it had a new concept and that was bats in a whole new light (well kinda since the book takes place at night), but normally if you hear about bats their depicted only in Halloween books made out to be creepy, swooping, bug slurping cave dwellers. These bats are FUN, FUN, FUN as is the book! The text is rhythmic and the illustrations are luminous, I highly recommend it for ages 2+.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Ryan on August 5, 2006
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Sensational. The children were rapt by it, constantly running forward to look at the pictures. I had to stop many times to seat them all back down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By xmasboy on August 4, 2006
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The story is fun, and the illustrations are great. My kids very much like this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tipps on July 3, 2006
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I love this book. It's beautiful and sweet, and very clever. (I especially like the young bat wearing a life vest.) The most wonderful aspect, though, is depiction of bats as gentle, social animals. I really love this book and hope to see more bat outtings in the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Schubert on August 4, 2006
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Really cute description of bats spending time at the beach after everyone is gone. Lovely illustrations. It's written for children 4-7, but I got it to bring along on our beach vacation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leila P. Zimmel on July 12, 2006
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Every child who has played at the beach or, for that matter, has always dreamed of going to the beach will simply love this book. The illustrations are charming and the writing is witty. Who can resist these charming little bats?!
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