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Frolic through the library with Caldecott honor winner and New York Times best-selling creator Brian Lies' adorable bats. This nighttime escapade is part of the award winning Bat Book series, perfect...
Frolic through the library with Caldecott honor winner and New York Times best-selling creator Brian Lies' adorable bats. This nighttime escapade is part of the award winning Bat Book series, perfect...
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  • Frolic through the library with Caldecott honor winner and New York Times best-selling creator Brian Lies' adorable bats. This nighttime escapade is part of the award winning Bat Book series, perfect for bedtime reading as well as budding book lovers on Halloween and all year round.
    Can it be true? Oh, can it be?
    Yes!—Bat Night at the library!

    The enchantment of story time is near—come bats, come one and all, and gather around for the tale of the night.
    Roam the book-filled halls on this inky evening as the bats wander around the library and cause all sorts of mischief.
    Brian Lies' joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest.

About the Author-

  • Brian Lies is the Caldecott honor-winning author-illustrator of New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame, and Bats in the Band. He has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his family.
    www.BrianLies.com

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from July 14, 2008
    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.

  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2008
    PreS-Gr 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 downwarda 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"

    Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    October 15, 2008
    Preschool-G 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 childrens 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.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

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