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BATS AT THE LIBRARY by Brian Lies

BATS AT THE LIBRARY

By Brian Lies (Author) , Brian Lies (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-618-99923-1

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)