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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (September 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547249705
  • ASIN: B004TE6MV4
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
Hurry up! Come one--come all!
We're off to watch the bats play ball!

You'll never forget your first game: the green so green, the presence of heroes past, and togetherness with family and friends, rooting for the home team.

But you think humans are the only ones who enjoy America's national pastime? Grab your bat--the other kind--and your mitt, and join these captivating bats as they flutter off to watch their all-stars compete. How about a mothdog? Or some Cricket Jack?

In sweeping compositions that transport fans to the rightside-up and upside-down world of bats at play, Brian Lies treats us to a whole new ballgame.



Amazon Exclusive: The Making of Bats at the Ballgame
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Creating the Illustrations

An outtake from Brian Lies's sketchbook

The scale model tent used to imagine the bats' ballpark setting

"Entering the Ballpark"--partially completed illustration, some colors and shading roughed in

Detail of previous illustration, adding in the grass


Batball Cards

Bat Ruth

Bill Hairy

McFrog

Grib "Ears" Mothwax



From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3–As in Bats at the Beach (2006) and Bats at the Library (2008, both Houghton Harcourt), Lies's luminous acrylic illustrations are the highlight here. The bats are earnest and cuddly, with translucent eyes and twitchy noses. Here, they're engaged in a topsy-turvy baseball game of dizzying perspectives. The game is played on the ground, though the participants swoop, glide, and soar around the bases and the spectators hang upside down above them in the stands. The illustrations, with brilliant colors and eye-catching details, carry the story when the verses fall flat. Fans will enjoy the bats' version of the game: flying vendors offer mothdogs and Cricket Jack, as the grounds crew marks the baselines with powdered sugar and rakes the pitcher's mound with a fork. Careful readers will find plenty of inventive details to make this latest outing to the bats' nocturnal world worthwhile.Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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This was just pure, feel good fun and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Mary Kate
I would recommend BATS AT THE BALLGAME for all children, but it will have a particular interest for kids who like baseball or animals.
tvtv3
The rhyming language is beautifully fluent and the illustrations wonderful.
Debra L. Dimartino

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bunny Hugger on August 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I don't have any children yet, but I'm going to school to be an elementary school teacher so am always on the lookout for great kids' books. We found Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library at a book store several months ago, read both standing there, and just laughed and laughed. We bought both books on the spot, have given several copies to children we know as gifts, and I even used Bats at the Library as the basis for my first lesson plan. The kids at the school loved it! We've been eagerly waiting for Bats at the Ball Game to come out and were so excited to find it at the book store today. We rushed home with it like a pair of giggly 8 year olds and read it together. It does not disappoint! The story is good and suspenseful, but the author's word choice and the illustrations are absolutely delightful. We aren't even baseball fans and hardly understand how the game works, but we loved this book anyway. I think children who are into baseball would like it even more!

We really hope Brian Lies writes some more bat books. We spotted a toboggan on the very last page of the book- perhaps Bats at the Sledding Hill will be next? Or Bats at the Bowling Alley? I can imagine them bowling with marbles!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on September 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Let's just cut to the chase, shall we? I loved the concept, loved the artwork, loved the rhyming verse. This was just pure, feel good fun and I enjoyed every minute of it. More importantly, so did my grandkids. I'm keeping my review short so I can get busy ordering author/illustrator Brian Lies' two previous bat books - Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library.

Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Kurth on April 3, 2013
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Not as good as BATS AT THE BEACH but still entertaining. Did not hold my youngsters attention as well as Bats At the Beach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
By: A.H.
Do you like bats? I do! If you do you should read Bats at the Ballgame! First they go to the ball park then, the bats go and make the baseball diamond and then play ball then they all got very tired and went home. What happens next? I liked the book because I like bats and my cousin plays baseball!
I recommend this book to anyone who likes bats playing baseball. There are other books too! PLAY BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barb Mechalke VINE VOICE on October 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love Brian Lies! And his latest bat book! I have always loved bats and was thrilled to find Brian Lie's 'Bat Night at the Library' and then 'Bats at the Beach'. My children and I love these stories with their charming illustrations of all the adorable bats, my son especially likes the rhyming text.

Thank you Brian Lies for another wonderful bat book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loves Shopping on October 2, 2010
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The Bat books are fabulous and requested constantly by our five year old. You must read this series! Thanks Amazon for always providing best book recommendations that led me to buy this for my grandchildren.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Foote Edelmann on September 27, 2010
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Brian Lies is one of our most inventive children's book authors.

He not only dreams up each saga, but conveys it in lively poetic form, with irresistible images.

Brian is doing for bats what Jacques Yves Cousteau did for the undersea world - bringing to mind the beauty, meaning, and right to live of these creatures, for children and the adults who read with them.

Brian's subtle puns and games and puzzles draw the eye, heart and merriment of the reader, even one who has turned these pages many times.

All three (Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Libray, Bats at the Ballgame) are visually endearing, opening eyes and minds to the worth of creatures all too often maligned. All three of Brian's bat books are simply unforgettable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A lifelong baseball fan, I was intrigued by the children's book BATS AT THE BALLGAME. I remember as a child all the little jokes we used to make about baseball and bats. There are lots of joke books about baseball and bats, so it seemed natural that there should be a children's book about a baseball game played by bats. Told in rhyming couplets and stanzas, BATS AT THE BALLGAME tells about a young bat and his grandpa who fly to a carnival tent at night to watch a baseball game played by other bats. The bats that play are no ordinary bats; they are professional bat baseball players. The fans in the crowd have their favorite players and stadium vendors fly into the stands selling mothdogs and Cricket Jack. The game is an exciting one that goes down to the last pitch. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous. The pictures are lavishly detailed and appear to be more like photos rather than illustrations. The author of the book, Brian Lies, is also the book's illustrator, a rare feat in children's literature, particularly when done so well. I would recommend BATS AT THE BALLGAME for all children, but it will have a particular interest for kids who like baseball or animals. The illustrations are so excellent that you might just want to pick up a copy of the book for yourself.
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