Bat Loves the Night

Bat Loves the Night

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by Nicola Davies, Sarah Fox-Davies

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BAT LOVES THE NIGHT takes the reader on a bat's journey through a hushed nocturnal world.

As nighttime falls, a pipistrelle bat awakens and swoops into the shadows to find her evening meal. But as morning's light creeps across the sky, the bat returns to her baby in the roost—and waits for night to come again. Gracefully illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies,


BAT LOVES THE NIGHT takes the reader on a bat's journey through a hushed nocturnal world.

As nighttime falls, a pipistrelle bat awakens and swoops into the shadows to find her evening meal. But as morning's light creeps across the sky, the bat returns to her baby in the roost—and waits for night to come again. Gracefully illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies, Nicola Davies's quiet story is laced with information about these fascinating and mysterious creatures of the night.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies, illus. by Sarah Fox-Davies, follows the pipstrelle bats' nocturnal wanderings. Dusky watercolor-and-pencil illustrations add enigmatic beauty; bat facts appear in a different typeface and illuminate the narrative. Pencil sketches on the endpapers label different kinds of bats with their common and scientific names. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Factual information is presented about bats, their nighttime activity of hunting and returning to feed their young, then their rest during the day. Davies brings this vividly alive in rich, descriptive language, as we follow one particular bat through a night. Additional brief facts are added in small print at the bottom of each page of larger type. The double pages are designed to describe the facts of nature within visually attractive, naturalistic scenes. Sarah Fox-Davies' detailed pencil drawings decorate the endpapers, with velvety watercolors added to the inside illustrations, helping us to sense the night. The index includes references to the information in both kinds of type. 2001, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo and Marilyn Courtot
This well-received book has been reissued with a read-along CD with music and facts in a new series "Read, Listen & Wonder." Call this, if you will, a night in the life of a pipistrelle bat, a species that is found around the world. Follow her as she unfurls her wings and leaves her shelter under the roof tile. She swoops into the garden and beams her voice so that the echo returns and she can find her way. Gliding back and forth in search of food, she catches a moth. Davies provides enough detail to make the reader feel as if she is present with the bat. Finely detailed drawings in watercolor and pencil provide quite a bit of information as Fox-Davies shows the bat unfurling her wings, capturing a moth and hanging upside down while nursing her batling. The story is presented in large type, and there are also informational sections in a different typeset to broaden the reader's knowledge of bats. This quiet and beautifully rendered book presents this species in a positive light and deserves a wide audience. The audio CD has Alan Marriott reading the story, then presenting facts about bats—noting that they are mammals, nocturnal, that even though they see well, they use echolocation to find their food and travel around. Bats and their batlings live with plenty of other bats in a home called a roost. There are many more facts and it is all easily digested. The third and final track has the book being read again with music to assist young readers with the page turns. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo and Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A charming and informative story about a pipistrelle bat. With Fox-Davies's delicately detailed illustrations, the world of this tiny creature is truly brought to life. While the large-print story unfolds as the bat awakens and flies out into the night, the author also includes some scientific tidbits that appear in smaller type. Davies offers vivid descriptions of the animal's flight, its navigational skills, and the hunt for food. She explains how a bat's senses of hearing and smell are most important to its survival and how it cares for its young. This beautiful and fact-filled selection is distinguished by excellent writing and art.-Cynde Marcengill, formerly at Horry County Memorial Library, Surfside Beach, SC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bat (a pipistrelle) wakes up, flies out into the night to eat, and returns home to feed her young. The narrative, in large type, gives much of the information about bats in a voice that can work as a read-aloud ("Gliding and fluttering back and forth, she shouts her torch of sound among the trees, listening for her supper"), while smaller type on some pages elaborates ("Using sound to find your way like this is called echolocation"). The watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, in browns and blues, hint of night, without being too dark. Close-up views of plants and animals show detail, while wider sweeping landscapes give context and a sense of space. The details of Bat's fur and face do justice to this mammal, which many young kids may still think of as "gross." This is useful as a very first introduction to bats, but readers will need to go farther to answer some questions (like what kinds of bats do eat "fruit, fish, frogs, even blood!"). And while there is an index of 15 terms, there is no bibliography. Nevertheless, this is a beautifully designed and thoughtfully executed informational storybook. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nicola Davies loves to be out under the stars watching bats, and is lucky enough to live in a cottage with pipistrelles in its roof. Nicola Davies is also the author of BIG BLUE WHALE, ONE TINY TURTLE, and WILD ABOUT DOLPHINS.

Sarah Fox-Davies has illustrated many picture books for children, including LITTLE CARIBOU, which she also wrote, and WALK WITH A WOLF by Janni Howker. While painting the illustrations for this book, Sarah Fox-Davies says that a pipistrelle bat flew into her studio—and right onto her desk!

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Bat Loves the Night (Read and Wonder Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As both a biologist who has some knowledge of bats and a lover of finely illustrated children's books, I definitely recommend this book as a very young person's (4-8, they say) introduction to bats. The pictures are lush, having both fine-lined detail and rich color. The bat who is the main character (and looks like a Little Brown Bat) is drawn with great accuracy, which adds greatly to the appeal (for me) of the illustrations. Information about bats' behavior is well integrated into the little story, which is laid out in loving prose. It's the kind of book that seems like it would inspire small scientists to want to learn more about this class of mammals, the only ones who truly fly. It is basic in its information, as mentioned in the professional reviews, but does cover every defining characteristic of bat-dom. I really liked it a lot, and I'm very picky about kids' books.