Bats at the Library

Bats at the Library

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From Publisher's Weekly ***Starred Review***. Lies's (Bats at the Beach) much-lauded bats are back and the library's got them--thanks to a window left open by an unsuspecting (or perhaps sympathetic) librarian. Although the young ones initially misbehave (they make photocopies of their bodies and turn the water fountain into a splash pool), Lies cuts them a little slack: "It's hard to settle down and read/ when life flits by at dizzy speed." Story time settles everyone (upside-)down, and soon the furry creatures are "completely swallowed up" in books, giving Lies comic license to bat-tify the signature visuals from classics like Make Way For Ducklings; Pippi Longstocking; Goodnight, Moon and Peter Rabbit. As with its predecessor, this book's richly detailed chiaroscuro paintings find considerable humor at the intersection where bat and human behavior meet. But the author/artist outdoes himself: the library-after-dark setting works a magic all its own, taking Lies and his audience to a an intensely personal place. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) -- Publishers Weekly, July 14, 2008
Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008
ISBN: 9780544339200
Branch Call Number: E LIE
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm.


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Nov 04, 2016

Clever! A must-read, especially at Halloween time. Having had a few real bats in the attic over the last few years, one appreciates them a bit more when they are characterized as wanting to get closer to humans in order to read good stories.

forbesrachel Sep 02, 2012

I love the references to other books. There are some nice little details too, like the book is upside down for the bats to read. The author has a very good sense of rhyme.

YogiMumma Jul 11, 2012

Great book! I loved it most but both boys enjoyed the rhyming and content :)

Jul 11, 2011

Cute little book about the night the bats invade the local public library. Nice illustrations.

Jun 04, 2011

An excellent book by an artist who decided to write a story that he would enjoy illustrating. The pictures are great and the story is written in rhyme, and is fairly short and to the point.

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