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Bats at the library, by Brian Lies

Label
Bats at the library
Title
Bats at the library
Statement of responsibility
by Brian Lies
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there
Member of
Award
Indies' Choice Book Awards, Best New Picture Book, 2009.
Review
  • PreS-Gr. 3 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 children's 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. -- Perkins, Linda (Reviewed 10-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 4, p46)
  • 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 downward—a 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 --Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed November 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 11, p92)
  • In this latest from Lies, it's all—deservingly—about the artwork. He brings a sure, expressive and transporting hand to this story of a colony of bats paying a nighttime visit to a small-town library. There is enough merriness here to keep the story bubbling, and young readers will certainly identify with some of the bats that have gotten a bit bored by the visit, as bats will do, and started monkeying around with the photocopier. There is a lovely image of a group of bats hanging around the rim of a reading lamp listening to a story; the peach-colored light illuminates the immediate vicinity while the rest of the library is shadowed and mysterious. The rhymed text, on the other hand, feels unmulled, leaving the artwork to do the heavy lifting. Pictures light-handedly capture the Cheshire Bat, Winnie the Bat and Little Red Riding Bat, only to be trumped by some ill-considered sermonizing—"But little bats will have to learn / the reason that we must return." Buy it for the pictures. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2008)
Awards note
  • Indies Choice Book Awards, 2009.
  • Buckaroo Book Award Nominee, 2009.
  • Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Nominee, 2010.
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award Nominee, 2010.
  • Golden Sower Award Nominee, 2011.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
285407
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lies, Brian
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • blank
  • LG
LC call number
PZ8.3.L5963
LC item number
Bd 2008
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 3
NLM call number
Lie
Reading level
  • 3.1
  • 3.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bat books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bats
  • Libraries
  • Books and reading
  • Bats
  • Libraries
  • Books and reading
  • Bats
  • Books and reading
  • Libraries
Target audience
primary
Label
Bats at the library, by Brian Lies
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn199448451
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780329728434
Lccn
2008000597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780618999231
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)199448451
Label
Bats at the library, by Brian Lies
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn199448451
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780329728434
Lccn
2008000597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780618999231
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)199448451

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