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Bats at the Library Hardcover – September 8, 2008

4.8 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Bat Books Series

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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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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD720L (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: 10.8 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By Marshfield Am on October 24, 2008
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Bats at the Library is a wonderful book. My grandchildren loved it. Hope there are more "Bats" books to come.
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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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This is one of my favorite gifts for new babies (babies get more onesies than they can wear before they grow out of them), especially when the parents are squeamish about bats. The illustrations are gorgeous, and there are visual jokes for adults reading to their kids. Also, we need more bat advocates, and children are a good place to start. Bats eat so many insects that they save $3.7 billion annually in pesticide costs in the U.S. alone (and those unsprayed pesticides are not getting into your children's food and water). Their very survival is in doubt because of White Nose Syndrome. Brian Lies' bat series is not only stellar for the quality of its text and art, but helps kids and their parents care about these important, much maligned creatures.
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This book is adorable. Its rhyming has a nice flow and does not feel awkward to say aloud. The illustrations are beautiful and imaginative. I plan on buying more books from this series.

I would recommend it to any parent looking for a new series to read to their little one.

This item also arrived on time, was undamaged, and packaged well.
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I bought this after being REQUIRED (by my 5 year old granddaughter) to read Bats at the Beach EVERY time I read to her! I still LOVE the Beach one best, but this and the Ball Game are great, too! The rhyming language is beautifully fluent and the illustrations wonderful. The bats are realistic enough to not look cartoon like, but not at all scary, either. There are clever little changes (like "Cricket Jacks" in place of "Cracker Jacks" in the Ball Game one) that appeal to both children and adults. I highly recommend these books for fun, enjoyable repeated reading, and the possibility of lots of reality/fantasy discussion if that appeals. (I am a speech/language pathologist). ENJOY!
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My 6yo daughter & I made a pact, should we ever find ourselves working at a library... We had best leave a window ajar, for the potential of the wild literary adventure we may be providing a beautiful group of bats. STUNNING illustrations! One bat face that looks like a fox? Who knew there were such a thing. Amazing all around. Daughter begs for this book night after night.
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