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Bats at the Beach

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by Brian Lies
     
 

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Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach!

So pack your buckets, banjos, and blankets—don’t forget the moon-tan lotion—and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet.

Brian Lies’s enchanting art and cheery beachside verse will inspire bedtime

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Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach!

So pack your buckets, banjos, and blankets—don’t forget the moon-tan lotion—and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet.

Brian Lies’s enchanting art and cheery beachside verse will inspire bedtime imaginations again and again. Come visit a bedazzling world of moonlight, firelight, and . . . bats!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Where the book truly soars is in the dark yet luminescent art where bat wings glow in the light of the full moon and the sky is a steely blue. The faces on the bats are furry and friendly." --SLJ School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Here is a real reversal on a sunny day at the beach. The bats head out for a night of fun. They put on moonglow lotion, enjoy swims, picnics, burying each other in the sand, and beach volleyball. The details are a treat, such as the picnic food, which includes skeeter crisps and toasted bug marshmallows. The bats sing around the campfire and as the sky begins to lighten, they prepare to fly away. The moon is gone, but it did provide a perfect night for the bats at the beach. The illustrations, which are all nighttime scenes, still manage to show great detail—the light of the moon plays off the water and is reflected off the sand and a big yellow shovel. The campfire and interior of the snack bar provide a different type of light to help break the monotony of the night scenes. Young readers should find this reversal interesting, and it may help reduce the irrational fear that people seem to have about bats. The board book provides a little extra—The Bat Hymn written by Brian Lies and a web address where one can download a free copy. The initial book has also launched two spin offs—Bats at the Ballgame and Bats at the Library. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This is the quintessential book about going to the beach complete with overflowing picnic baskets, kite flying, singing around the campfire, and scratchy sand in places "where no sand should be." Kids will certainly identify with the exuberant and familiar fun, but what will get them howling is the fact that the characters are bats that are visiting the beach in the moonlight. The rhyming text is grounded in reality with many inventive twists to keep the imagination rolling. There is moon-tan lotion, salted 'skeeters, and bat kites. Where the book truly soars is in the dark yet luminescent art where bat wings glow in the light of the full moon and the sky is a steely blue. The faces on the bats are furry and friendly. These creatures use cocktail umbrellas for beach umbrellas; they hold wing-boat races in red-and-white checked food containers; and when it's time for a late-night snack, they enter the ice-cream shack where a lit light bulb attracts a multitude of succulent bugs. Readers may not be tempted to try marshmallows with bug legs and gossamer wings but that won't keep them from reveling in this grand adventure.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Gathering up "our buckets, trowels, / banjoes, blankets, books, and towels," a family of bats flits out to the beach for a moonlit picnic of "yummy treats"-"Beetles, ants, and milkweed bugs, / crickets, moths, and pickled slugs. / Damselflies, or salted 'skeeters- / no room here for picky eaters!" Aside from the deliciously macabre menu, it's not too different from a human outing; in Lies's lambent, exactly detailed paintings, bats with an appealingly mouse-like look cavort happily through the waves, play volleyball and other games or snuggle into comfy laps around a glowing campfire as the grownups chat amiably. As a purpling sky to the east signals that it's time to clean up, they "flutter homeward, drained and weary," as "small bats doze off, tired and teary." Perfect for sharing with younglings of the wingless sort, when it's time for them to do the same. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618557448
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/08/2006
Series:
A Bat Book Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
379,573
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

BRIAN LIES is the award-winning author-illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach, Bats at the LibraryBats at the Ballgame, and Bats in the Band. In addition, he has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his family. Visit www.BrianLies.com to learn more about the author and his books.


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Bats at the Beach 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Bridget Gravseth More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books, however, the format does not allow you to rotate the screen or zoom in on the pictures.
jwquilter More than 1 year ago
As much as I really love this book,and the whole bats series, it was too dark to read on my Nook Color. It's much better to read as a book, at night, all tucked into bed!
codyNJ More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my almost-six-year-old grandson who absolutely loved it. It was interesting to find out what kinds of things go on after dark at the local beach and how bats live very human lives after the sun goes down. The clever illustrations also add to the the uniqueness of the book. It's a great story with an important message for kids and adults.
JNICOLEUT More than 1 year ago
I have a 5 year old and a 3 year old and the "bats" books are their favorite. I read them in a whispered night voice and I have never heard (or not heard) these two wild boys be so quiet . I have bought copies of these books as presents for my nephews who are the same age. I consider them early classics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter received this book from her grandparents last Christmas, and I must admit that, as someone who HATES bats, it took me a while to bring myself to read it to her. Well, I'm so glad that I finally did because now I absolutely adore this book. It is such a clever idea and so well-written and beautifully illustrated. So many kids books bore me to tears, but I could read this one just about every night. A very unique and charming book that will be treasured for years to come!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The perfect read for bedtime. In fact, I've read it to my kids countless times and none of us ever tire of it. The story is charming, filled with lots of great details, and the art is beyond masterful. A true family favorite.
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
With beautiful, realistic illustrations, &quot;Bats at the Beach&quot; is an imaginative children's story written in rhyme. As night falls, the bats head to the beach for fun and food until dawn breaks, making sure to use their moon-tan lotion. The story ends with a page of sheet music called &quot;The Bat Hymn&quot; and set to &quot;The Battle Hymn of the Republic.&quot; This is a wonderful bedtime story that incorporates some factual information about these winged creatures, such as their nocturnal and hibernating habits.
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SuperMomSMPC More than 1 year ago
Since I live at the beach, I thought I would buy this to read to my son. It is a really cute story and a fun read for the kids. I would recommend this book if you want a whimsical story to read.
alliebee More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations. The kids loved the way the author incorporated silly litte changes, such as, roasting bugmallows instead of marshmellows, and moontan lotion versus suntan lotion. We also want to purchase Bats at the Library.
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Grandmatimestwo More than 1 year ago
My 2-year-old grandson and I both love the "Bats" books! They are always a favorite. The stories are fun and the illustrations are great and give us lots to talk about!
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SharonOSO More than 1 year ago
Bats at the Beach is a fun read with wonderful illustrations and joy in the rhyme. On the adventure you become part of the bat pack . Books like Bats in the Library and Bats at the Beach inspire children to read and have fun and draw. Great books by Brian Lies to share.