SUPERBAT by Matthew Carr


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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Pat the bat is bored with his humdrum life. Craving the excitement that he reads about in his superhero comics, he decides to craft his own special outfit and transform from regular Pat into Superbat!

Pat is excited to share his superhero identity with the other bats, but when he does, they dismiss each of his superpowers in turn. As it turns out, all bats have superhearing, all bats can fly, and all bats use echolocation. Pat is deflated; maybe he’s not so special after all. However, when he discovers a family of mice facing grave danger, he bravely acts to help them. Pat discovers that his true superpower is courage. Carr uses a familiar storyline—a character searching for his own special “superpower”—to playfully introduce readers to a few facts about bats and their behavior. The design of the book references comics throughout, as in the use of the consistent and dark color palette, the variations of the size of the font, and the action callout bubbles with sound effects. The final page of the book presents Pat explaining some bat facts in brief detail.

A perhaps unexpected appreciation of bats that will be enjoyable to read aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-338-16052-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2017


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