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Bed, Bats, and Beyond
     

Bed, Bats, and Beyond

by Joan Holub, Mernie Gallagher-Cole (Illustrator)
 
FINK can't sleep . . . He's tried counting mosquitoes. He's tried counting spiders--but nothing works!
"I know something that'll put you right to sleep. A scary story," says his brother FANG.
"What you need is an adventure story," says his brother BATRICK.
"You need a looove story to make you feel all warm and marshmallowy inside," says his

Overview

FINK can't sleep . . . He's tried counting mosquitoes. He's tried counting spiders--but nothing works!
"I know something that'll put you right to sleep. A scary story," says his brother FANG.
"What you need is an adventure story," says his brother BATRICK.
"You need a looove story to make you feel all warm and marshmallowy inside," says his sister BATSY.
Now FINK is wide-awake, scared, excited, AND totally grossed out by the kissing story!
The sun is coming up and it's time for bats to go to bed. Is there anyone who can help FINK get to sleep?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
This fun story takes on the universal theme of trying to get to sleep and gives it a new twist. A young bat's older siblings take turns telling him stories to send him to dreamland, but without success. Each story is amusing on its own, though, and children will likely enjoy them. They will also get a chuckle out of the unusual bat world in which the bat children must sleep all day and stay up all night. The clever language will keep them laughing, too, as they encounter "bowling for beetles," "bobbing for bugs," and "where's worm-o." Some rhyming sections add to the text's captivating nature. The charming, clever, laugh-out-loud pen-and-ink sketches capture the mood. Those not able to read the text themselves will be able to follow the comic-style drawings and understand what's going on in the story. Drawings on every page will keep even the most reluctant readers interested. Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine
School Library Journal

Gr 2-3

Even after counting mosquitoes and spiders, young Fink, a bat, is unable to fall asleep, so his family members take turns telling him stories. His brother Fang starts out with a scary story about Swamp Owl, who likes to eat bats and chants, "Bats with sprinkles./Bats on toast./Bats are what/I love the most!" Older brother Batrick contributes an adventure tale about a screwball pirate captain who calls his crew "scurvy navels" and gives zany commands such as "Hoist the decks!" and "Swab the sails!" Finally sister Batsy relates a love story about a bat princess who becomes disenchanted with her prince. Not surprisingly, none of these does the trick for Fink. Luckily Mom arrives home and knows just the right story to tell-a bedtime story. Though her tale is a little anticlimactic, the narrative as a whole feels satisfying. The pages of the bat family's stories are framed with borders to help readers distinguish them from the main story line. Gallagher-Cole's illustrations add humorous details; for example, the Swamp Owl's cookbook collection includes Better Caves and Gardens and the Batty Cracker Cookbook . With no more than 15 lines per page and illustrations on every spread, the story is ideal for students who have just graduated to chapter books. Charming and full of humor, this is sure to be a favorite, especially with those who enjoy funny animal fantasies such as Katie Speck's Maybelle in the Soup (Holt, 2007).-Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Kirkus Reviews
The sun's coming up and it's time for bat children to go to bed. Something is wrong, though, and bat brother Fink can't sleep. Fang has just the thing for his brother: a scary story of a scary, stinky swamp with an even scarier and stinkier monster, Swamp Owl. Though Fang spins quite a tale, all it does is terrify Fink. Brother Batrick tells his own adventure story filled with pirates. Even sister Batsy gets in on the act with her story of love and kisses. Nothing will do until Mom Bat tells just the right tale. Gallagher-Cole fills her amusing black-and-white illustrations with images of a terrified, exhausted Fink clutching his stuffed bat doll while swamp bats, pirates and an eye-shadowed Cleobatra keep him awake. The stories-within-the-story are set apart inside a frame, making the overall narrative easy to follow. New readers will stay awake to read this one, filled as it is with silly wordplay, funny stories and frequent spot drawings. Insomnia, with a side of hilarity. (Early reader. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581960778
Publisher:
Darby Creek Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

JOAN HOLUB is a big dingbat who likes to hang around her office writing stories on her computer. She has published over 100 books for young readers. She adores scary stories like Fang's, adventure stories like Batrick's, and love stories like Batsy's. Joan writes mostly at night when she's alone in her cave. Around midnight, she brushes her fangs and goes to bed, where all of her dreams are happy ones.

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