Children's LiteratureWhat animal could be more exciting to a ten-year old boy than a vampire bat? Did you know that there are over 950 different types of bats or that a bat's wingspan is longer than the bat itself? Facts such as these and many others are included in this nonfiction book depicting the unique characteristics of bats. In addition, many bat myths are debunked in this book that will certainly "fly" off your shelf. With vivid color photographs and life-like drawings, this book is a great tool for visual learners. One photograph in particular that will grab the reader's attention is that of a Fringe-lipped bat devouring a frog. The section, "Did You Know?" highlights unique features of bats of particular interest to an elementary aged student. Among the many helpful text features are the bold-faced words that appear on each page and later in the glossary. Another feature that will delight elementary readers is the use of "X-ray" pages that show complementary images such as bat skeletons when held up to the light. A page of additional bat facts, a table of contents, and index are included. This book is one of twelve books in the series, "Scary Creatures." 2004, Franklin Watts/Scholastic Library Publishing, Ages 7 to 11.
Nancy T. Braverman