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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061899923X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618999231
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3—In this companion to Bats at the Beach (Houghton, 2006), Lies pays homage to the pleasures to be found within libraries and books. The story opens on three winged creatures clinging to an autumnal branch against the backdrop of evening. Observant readers will recognize the young bat with yellow "water wings" from the earlier title and notice that the chimney and trees at the top of the page point downward—a cue to attend to perspective. The bats are bored, but an antidote is announced: someone left a window open in the library. The golden glow from spotlights on the side of the building and an Arts and Crafts-style reading lamp illuminate the nocturnal adventures in this handsome, traditional space. The bats cluster according to interests. Some peruse "guides to fancy foods" (insect books) and form literary discussion groups. The younger mammals make images of themselves at the copier, frolic in the fountain, play at the computer, and explore the gingerbread castle in a pop-up book. An impromptu storytime brings everyone together, however, and after the pint-size protagonist is literally drawn into the featured book, two spreads reveal a montage of scenes from classic stories, with bats in the starring roles. Lies's acrylics are a successful fusion of fantasy and reality. The rhyming narrative is generally smooth, with enough humor and sophistication to propel readers along. And who can argue with the message?—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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From Booklist

An open library window is an invitation for a colony of bats in this sequel to Bats at the Beach (2006). Once inside, older bats look for favorite books, while younger ones explore and play. Storytime settles everyone down and transports them into the tales, filled with bat characters playing new roles. The bat homage to classic children’s books includes titles like Goodnight Sun, while images such as Little Red Riding Bat will amuse children who are familiar with the originals. The rhymed narrative serves primarily as the vehicle for the appealing acrylic illustrations that teem with bats so charming they will even win over chiroptophobes. Preschool-Grade 3. --Linda Perkins

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.

Customer Reviews

This is one of the sweetest books I've ever read.
Abby
Having enjoyed "Bats at the Beach", my preschooler and I were eager to read "Bats at the Library."
Z Hayes
The story is fun and the illustrations are truly a wonder.
Suz E.Que

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By southernwriter on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
And librarians and the kids they share it with will love this book. The detailed pictures beg for young readers to take a closer look. Baby bats wear swimmies on their arms. A water fountain is turned into a great splashing pool. Characters from books kids know and love make frequent appearances, and the library setting reminds us of the venerable institutions we all remember, or at least wish we'd grown up with. This librarian says the book is not to be missed and I'm off to order my copy now.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Suz E.Que on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Get lost in another wonderful adventure of our bat friends written and illustrated by Brian Lies. The story is fun and the illustrations are truly a wonder. A magical tribute to classic children's literature from a "bat's perspective" awaits for you inside to enjoy. Our family really enjoyed it. My 5 and 7 year old boys get very excited to read these bat books, especially at bedtime. We can't wait to see what these bats do next!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marshfield Am on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bats at the Library is a wonderful book. My grandchildren loved it. Hope there are more "Bats" books to come.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matthew H. Daniels on August 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Brian Lies is an amazing children's author and illustrator!!!! The details in his pantings are incredible. If you are able to go and listen to one of his readings and book signings it is more than worth your while. He is wonderful with children and really takes his time to describe the development of his stories and pictures to parents/teachers/adults. I can not say enough about this author. I am a children's Speech-Language Pathologist and a parent and he is by far one of my favorite children's author's. I look forward to reading many more of his stories with my son and clients as well! Thank you Brian for sharing your talents and stories with others!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Stack on June 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book is a wonderful introduction to public libraries. And, for those bat lovers in the Chicago area, come to the Riverside Public Library to see the actual library the bats visited. And bring your book with you. Riverside loves visitors!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 3grandkids on October 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a great book! The illustrations are fantastic. My 3-1/2 year old Grandaughter sees more in the illustrations every time we read it together. It is so cute, I'm donating a copy of the book to our local library. The Martha Stewart Show did a piece yesterday on the book. The author had a bat cut-out done especially for the show. It can be downloaded from Martha's site. The kids can draw a picture on the "book" and the bat folded so that the bat is holding the book. Very cute!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie K. Dennehy on December 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just when I proclaimed "Bats at the Beach" my favorite book, this next one comes around and I can't decide which I love more. "Bats at the Library" is a favorite at our house because my kids (10 and 6) can identify the classic characters in Brian's beautiful illustrations, so it becomes both a great story for bedtime and a "game" - and a platform to talk about the importance of reading and literature. The illustrations have subtle humor and references that adults will enjoy as much as the young readers... it's a fun, smart book that celebrates reading and builds a love for books. What more can you ask for? A great addition to a child's library or a quality gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mathew A. Shember VINE VOICE on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bats at the library was as fun as Bats at the beach. Every so often the librarian forgets to close a window. Word gets out and the bats head for a night at the library.

There a fun to be had by all. Be it reading books, shaping shadows on a wall, playing with the photo copier, and telling stories.

The artwork is great. Be sure to point out things such as the bats hanging in a limb. A little one might get a laugh if you point out the fact they are upside down and there is a roof top at the top of the page. There are references to other books such as Goodnight Sun, Make way for Bats and Mr. Bats wild ride.

As with the beach the story and the words flow well.

If your child liked Bats at the Beach, they will like this book as well!
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