Bats at the Library

Book review by
Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Late-night library adventure lauds classic books.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Shows bats reading great children's literature and acting out their favorites.

Positive Messages

Encourages exploring the library and enjoying a good children's book.

Violence & Scariness

These bats are friendly and playful, not scary.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this batty adventure is full of silliness as well as being a terrific reference to classic children's literature. In the illustrations, kids will enjoy finding characters from books they may have already read.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Parent of a 4-year-old Written byTicMotion September 30, 2009

We bought it.

Love it for its gorgeous illustrations, encouraging a love of literature, and its use of some fun new big words for little kids to learn.
Parent of an infant and 4-year-old Written byrevolords July 26, 2009

We love bats!

Beautiful book!

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What's the story?

When bats find a window that has been left open at the library, they sneak in to enjoy an evening that begins with some very silly exploration and frolicking. Finally, they settle down for storytime and sink into the adventures they find in classic children's books.

Is it any good?

The rhyming verse keeps the story moving and makes it all the more fun, and wonderful personalities of various bats and their antics really come through in the illustrations.

Bats tugging on lamp chains to light up the room, others hanging all around the lamp shade, still others dancing under the projector lamp, making shadow pictures on the wall ... this is just a bit of the fun. Later on, as the bats sink into their reading, they are "completely swallowed up" by the stories. Pages dance with places and characters from classic books parents and kids will recognize: the yellow brick road, Pippi Longstocking, Alice, Peter Rabbit, and so on.

The dark acrylic illustrations create the mood; This is a library at night, with all its mystery and charm. And the reader will feel the excitement, and the mischief, as the young bats explore every nook and cranny while the older ones waste no time in finding books to read. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bats, why they fly at night, have big ears, and wings whose bones almost look like human hands. Then they might want to find a book that tells more about real bats. Parents and kids will also enjoy talking about the library. How is it like your library? What would you do if you could sneak into the library at night? Do you recognize any of the books that the bats are reading? Are any of these your favorites?

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