Sunday, September 14, 2014

(Children's) Bats at the Library by Brian Lies


Release Date: September 28, 2014
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN:9780544339200
ARC: HMHCO

Over the summer, I visited Austin, Texas, and every evening at dusk, people gather at a bridge near downtown to watch the bats fly out all at once. It is quite a spectacle, and among the ooos and ahhhs, you hear some children scream. Not the blood curdling, run-for-your-life scream, but the kind that is a mix of surprise and excitement. That is what Brian Lies brings with this book, a reprint of the 2010 edition.
Written and illustrated by Lies, the book details a group of bats whose nightly adventures have grown tiresome, and they are looking for something new to do. Luckily for them, the local librarian has left a window open. Now, these cute creatures can fly to the library and read until dawn!

With rhyming stanzas, young readers can experience the sudden joy of getting to read, and with stunning illustrations, children, who may be fearful, will quickly see how cuddly bats can be. One illustration in particular depicts a bat with glasses while another shows a mother and baby bat listening to other bats read.

Endearing illustrations and powerful text prove the power of reading is still strong!