Synopses & Reviews
andlt;b andgt;A breathtaking picture book illustrated by mega-bestseller Loren Long, about a young bat setting off into the world using only his good sense!andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Sense is the song you sing out into the world,andlt;/iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;and the song the world sings back to you. andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; andlt;/iandgt;With these words, Chiroand#8217;s mother sends him off into the night for the first time alone. Itand#8217;s an adventure, but how will he find his way? And how will he find his way home? As the young bat discovers, navigating the world around him is easy as long as he uses his good sense.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; This beautiful and touching coming-of-age story, with mesmerizing artwork from andlt;i andgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestselling illustrator Loren Long and lyrical text from Ari Berk, conveys a heartwarming and universal message: No matter how far away you go, you can always find your way home.
"Berk (The Secret History of Giants) presents a delicate, lyrical story about independence, trusting one's instincts and abilities, and bats. Written in passionate prose-poetry, it stars Chiro, a bat who is nervous about his first solo venture. Momma reassures him that his 'good sense' will help him find his way. 'Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you.' It's a brilliant description of echolocation and an equally strong metaphor for the logic and perception that human children can use to cut through fear. Long's (Otis and the Tornado) soft lines convey the concept clearly; surrounded by ink-black night, Chiro's song illuminates a cone-shaped area in front of him, which reveals trees, geese, and other surprises in the dark. The only odd note is Chiro himself; Long opts for an anthropomorphized hero with huge ears, fuzzy texturing, and a quizzical look he's more flying teddy bear than bat. Still, if his cuddly looks and Berk's insights make bats and their swooping flight less mysterious, it's all for the good. Ages 4 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In thisand#160;sweet and simpleand#160;picture bookand#160;read-aloud,and#160;five restless sheep canand#8217;t get to sleep until a helpful collie comes to their rescue.
Itand#39;s time for bed but the sheep just canand#39;t settle down.and#160;and#160;Never fear, a trusty sheepdog is here to help.and#160;and#160;What will it take to get these restless sheep to bed?and#160;and#160;A hug?and#160; A blanket?and#160; A drink of water?and#160;and#160; Will this dedicated collie ever get these bleating sheep to sleep?and#160;From the team behind the bestselling SHEEPand#160;INand#160;Aand#160;JEEP, this sweet and silly sleepytime tale is perfect for anyone putting a demanding little one to bed.and#160;and#160;
About the Author
Ari Berk is the author of the Undertaken trilogy and andlt;iandgt;Nightsongandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Loren Long. He works in a library filled to the ceiling with thousands of arcane books and more than a few wondrous artifacts. When not writing, he moonlights as professor of mythology and folklore at Central Michigan University. He lives in Michigan with his wife and son. Visit him at AriBerk.com.Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obamaand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;Of Thee I Singandlt;/iandgt;; the newest version of andlt;iandgt;The Little Engine that Couldandlt;/iandgt;; Madonnaand#8217;s second picture book, andlt;iandgt;Mr. Peabodyand#8217;s Applesandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;Iandgt;Nightsongandlt;/Iandgt; by Ari Berk; andandlt;iandgt; andlt;/iandgt;the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourtand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;Angela and the Baby Jesusandlt;/iandgt; and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszkaand#8217;s Trucktown series. Lorenand#8217;s work has appeared in andlt;iandgt;Timeandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Sports Illustratedandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Forbesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Wall Street Journal,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Atlanticandlt;/iandgt;. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.