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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 2 year old just became obsessed with this book which I was surprised at given his age but I think the pictures and words capture his attention. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eric B.
Can the person who wrote this make a football, soccer,tennis or basketball version please we would really appreciate it. Thanks.Published 17 months ago by Riley McDaniel
Gave to a baseball fan friend as a give . He loves it too !!
All Brian " Bats " books are good reading .
Read it to my 6 and 2 year olds. Kept them interested. Good story, good illustrations. I liked the pace.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another in an excellent series. Beautifully written and illustrated.Published 21 months ago by K. Dara Wein