An interesting overview of bats in general, along with descriptions of ""some bats you may see."" All twelve have their special features, which are well accented here; this is no repetitive life-cycle rundown. Laycock begins too babyishly--""People are not nice to bats""--but his approach to a child's level works better soon after, when he invites readers to imagine, in some detail, growing long fingers and bats' wings. The usual topics--bats' sonar, the habits of vampire bats, cave communities--are sensibly explained, and Laycock also brings in some less known material, such as a serious scheme during World War II to have bats carry bombs into enemy homes and buildings. With arresting and well-matched photos.