Synopses & Reviews
Hurry up!and#160; Come oneand#8212;come all!and#160;and#160;
Weand#8217;re off to watch the bats play ball!
Youand#8217;ll never forget your first game: the green so green, the presence of heroes past, and togetherness with family and friends, rooting for the home team.
But you think humans are the only ones who enjoy Americaand#8217;s national pastime? Grab your batand#8212;the other kindand#8212;and your mitt, and join these captivating bats as they flutter off to watch their all-stars compete. How about a mothdog?and#160; Or some Cricket Jack?
In sweeping compositions that transport fans to the rightside-up and upside-down world of bats at play, Brian Lies treats us to a whole new ballgame.
"Again with the bats, evoking another call of "encore!"
"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." --SLJ School Library Journal
"Baseball stadiums have an innate magic, never more so than in the hands of Lies, whose latest has the winged creatures gathering for an epic game, complete with 'beenuts and Cricket Jack,' and an upside down audience" and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The visual effect is quite stunning, with some fantastically disorienting upside-down spreads to reflect the fans' hanging position, and much of the language is utterly delicious."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Careful readers will find plenty of inventive details to make this latest outing to the batsand#8217; nocturnal world worthwhile." and#8212;School Library Journal
Praise for Brian Liesand#8217; New York Times best-selling books:
Bats at the Beach
"Brilliant, brilliant paintings . . . just a whiz-bang summer book, anytime book. Everybody should look at this." and#8212;Daniel Pinkwater, NPRand#8217;s Weekend Edition Saturday
"Perfect for sharing with younglings of the wingless sort." and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"The book truly soars in the dark yet luminescent art. . . . A grand adventure." and#8212;School Library Journal
"Fetching . . . [A] wonderful read-aloud." and#8212;Newsday
Bats at the Library
"The library-after-dark setting works a magic all its own, taking Lies and his audience to an intensely personal place." and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[Lies] brings a sure, expressive and transporting hand to this story of a colony of bats paying a nighttime visit to a small-town library." and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"Illustrations teem with bats so charming they will even win over chiroptophobes." and#8212;Booklist
"Another tale of bat mischief . . . the charm is all in the story itself." and#8212;New York Times Book Review
and#147;and#133;the library-after-dark setting works a magic all its own, taking Lies and his audience to an intensely personal place.and#8221; Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Dark, inky acrylic paintings accompany a sprightly rhyming text, a wonderful sequel to 2006's completely charming Bats at the Beach." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"These book-loving bats might encourage young readers to explore more stories on their own.and#8221; 08/03/08 San Antonio Express-News
"and#133; appealing acrylic illustrations that teem with bats so charming they will even win over chiroptophobes."
"In this latest from Lies, it's all-deservingly-about the artwork. He brings a sure, expressive and transporting hand to this story."
"...the charm is all in the story itself." September 14, 2008 The New York Times Book Review
The symphonious companion to Brian Liesand#8217;s bestselling bat books series where the Bats take a break from the Beach, theand#160;Library,and#160;and the Ballgame to strike up the band, celebrate, and share music. A must-have addition to a child's first rhythmic and rhymingand#160;picture book library.
The look on our faces is easy to read:
a little night music is just what we need!
A late-spring night sky fills with bats flocking to a theater,and#160;already echoing and booming with delightful sounds of music. Bat musicand#8212;plunky banjoes, bat-a-tat drums, improvised instruments, country ballads, and the sweet cries of a bat with the blues.
Join this one-of-a-kind music festival as the bats celebrate the rhythm of the night, and the positive power of music. Brian Liesand#8217;s newest celebration of bats and their dazzling, dizzying world will lift everyoneand#8217;s spirits with joyous noise and cheer!
Stellaluna is a fictional female Megabat in a children's book of the same name by author Janell Cannon, written in 1993. This book aired on the PBS series Reading Rainbow in 1994.and#160;
Knocked from her motherand#8217;s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a birdand#8217;s nest. This adorable baby fruit batand#8217;s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats. and#8220;Delightful and informative but never didactic; a splendid debut.and#8221;--Kirkus Reviews
Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach!
So pack your buckets, banjos, and blanketsand#8212;donand#8217;t forget the moon-tan lotionand#8212;and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet.
Brian Liesand#8217;s enchanting art and cheery beachside verse will inspire bedtime imaginations again and again. Come visit a bedazzling world of moonlight, firelight, and . . . bats!
Houghton Mifflin Company Another inky eveningand#8217;s hereand#151; The air is cool and calm and clear.
Can it be true? Oh, can it be?
Yes!and#151;Bat Night at the library!
Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until itand#8217;s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Liesand#8217; 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
Janell Cannonand#39;s picture books have won many awards and are beloved around the world. She is the author and illustrator of the longtime bestseller Stellaluna, Verdi, Crickwing, Pinduli, and others. Before she became a full-time creator of books for children, she designed summer reading programs at her local public library. Born and raised in Minnesota, Ms. Cannon now lives in Southern California.