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Bats at the Beachby Brian Lies
Synopses & Reviews
Launching out into the breeze,
we sail above the darkened trees,
flying fast, to wet our feet
where land and foamy ocean meet.
With an ear for fanciful verse and an eye for humorously detailed illustrations, author/illustrator Brian Lies invites you to a nocturnal beachside romp with some fuzzy, fun-loving bats. Winsome winged wonders swoop down to the sandy shore with pails, canvas beach bags, and banjos. Children will delight as bats surf the waves, play volleyball, sing around the fire, and make friends with seagulls. Adults will appreciate Lies's signature touches of fun from the bottle of "Bain de Lune" lotion to the bag of "skeeter krisps," all captured in panoramic format with his rich palette and fine, expressive lines.
The moony weather is perfect, the beach blankets are down, the umbrellas are up, the picnic baskets are unpacked, and the fire is ready for roasting tasty bug-mallows! Most definitely not the stuff of nightmares, Bats at the Beach is the perfect book to capture bedtime imaginations. Young and old alike will want to visit this whimsical take on a day at the shore again and again.
"Where the book truly soars is in the dark yet luminescent art where bat wings glow in the light of the full moon and the sky is a steely blue. The faces on the bats are furry and friendly." School Library Journal
"Perfect for sharing with younglings of the wingless sort." Kirkus Reviews
"The rhyming text, which floats white against the dark backdrops, leaves no beach activity or experience unmentioned, right down to the unpleasant feel of itchy sand....Readers will be swept right along until the sun comes up and the bats return home." Booklist
Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach!
So pack your buckets, banjos, and blankets, don't forget the moon-tan lotion, and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet.
Brian Lies's enchanting art and cheery beachside verse will inspire bedtime imaginations again and again. Come visit a bedazzling world of moonlight, firelight, and...bats!
With enchanting art and cheery beachside verse, this bedtime book describes all the fun a bunch of bats have one night on a moonlit beach. Full color.
About the Author
Brian Lies was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended Brown University, studying psychology and literature. After graduating, Brian decided to pursue his childhood interest in art. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before beginning a career in political illustration. Brian has written and illustrated numerous books for children, and his award-winning work appears regularly in children's magazines and galleries around the country. He currently lives on the south shore of Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.
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