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Bats at the Ballgame (A Bat Book) Hardcover – September 6, 2010
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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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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
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.
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Top customer reviews
How could any bat forget
in all the countless years we've met
it seems the team we play tonight
has beaten us in every fight.
We shake our feet and raise our wings
In voices high and strong
together, all the fans belt out
the famous bat-ball song
Look for the bat-related visual jokes as well...for example, the printed sign on the fence advertises garlic fries and bratwurst...and someone has apparently crossed out and changed it to garlic FLIES and GNATwurst. Clever!
Most recent customer reviews
All Brian " Bats " books are good reading .