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Bats at the Ballgame



Exciting, feel-good baseball tale with a batty twist.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Readers are exposed to the rules and customs of baseball.

Positive messages

Bats at the Ballgame conveys the excitement and team-oriented fun of the community-building aspects of a classic American pastime.

Positive role models

The story portrays everyone's role as positive and important in the overall communal experience of watching or playing baseball. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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Parents Need to Know

Bats at the Ballgame is a feel-good story that celebrates baseball, told through a community of bats who organize their own version at night. Excellent for budding sports fans.

What's the story?

The ups and downs of the classic American pastime of baseball get a fresh twist in a story about bats who play the game at night after the humans have gone home. They add a history, approach, and fun all their own.

Is it any good?


BATS AT THE BALLGAME gives baseball a nocturnal injection of fun when told through an unconventional perspective. "Mothdogs" and "Cricket Jack" instead of hot dogs and Cracker Jack are good for a giggle, and the vivid, old-timey acrylic illustrations and rhyming prose here evoke the sport's long history as an American favorite but reintroduce it with a silliness and imaginative flair that will make it seem fresh for young readers and budding fans of the sport. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about team sports. What's your favorite sport to watch? What's your favorite to play? Why?

  • What do the bats do differently from humans when they play baseball? Do they make it seem like more fun?

  • What would it be like if bats played other sports, such as football or soccer?

Book details

Author:Brian Lies
Illustrator:Brian Lies
Genre:Picture Book
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Wild animals
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication date:September 6, 2010
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Available on:Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Audiobook (abridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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