Billions of Bats

Billions of Bats

by Scott Nickel, Andy J. Smith

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When Sarah uses her pet bat to help show off her new cosmic copy machine to the class, something horrible goes wrong resulting in Buzz Beaker and Sarah having to save the day. Written in graphic-novel format.


When Sarah uses her pet bat to help show off her new cosmic copy machine to the class, something horrible goes wrong resulting in Buzz Beaker and Sarah having to save the day. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Library Journal
Buzz Beaker is a kid inventor who loves science, but sometimes his gadgets backfire. And sometimes he helps save the day when other students and adults get into science-related trouble. This time, his genius classmate Sarah wants to demonstrate her new cosmic copy machine to the school, but instead of making one copy of Mindy’s pet bat, Sarah gets lots and lots and lots of them. Sarah and Buzz have to work together to figure out what to do. There are numerous Buzz Beaker titles, some comics, some illustrated text.

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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Talk about a science experiment going bad! This is a delightful book and one that all young school children will be able to identify with. Buzz Beaker has a very high IQ and has always been the top dog in science class. When a new student named Sarah Bellum arrives in class, she lets it be known that her IQ is 187.6. Buzz has his work cut out for him. She is good at everything, including sports. Sarah decides to make a cosmic copier for her class project and states that it will duplicate anything you put into the machine. She puts her pet bat in the machine and has a classmate push the button. Unfortunately, the button sticks and bats are flying out of the copier, filling the room and flying out of the windows. The teacher tells her to stop the machine or she will give her an F for a grade. That would be the ultimate punishment. Just how does one not only stop the machine, but also get all the bats back inside it? Buzz comes to the rescue but learns that two heads are better than one in certain situations. This book is written in graphic format that is a favorite of mine. It is perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will also enjoy the graphics and fast paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. At the end of the book are a glossary and mini biographies about the author and illustrator. There are two pages of interesting facts about bats, discussion questions, and writing prompts. Also included is a list of web sites that might be of interest to the reader. I do recommend this book.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4
Buzz Beaker, boy scientist extraordinaire, has met a challenge that can't be resolved with his microscope. Her name is Sarah Bellum, "Certified girl genius. With an IQ of 187.6." Then her extra-extra credit project-the cosmic copier-backfires and fills the school with over a thousand "copies" of her pet bat, Bobo. Yes, Sarah has made a "boo-boo with Bobo." Only Buzz can save the day. Cartoon cells frame Buzz's world. Subtle color shading brings depth to digitally finished illustrations and draws readers beyond the confines of the frames to enhance both the comic expressions and the action of the text. Zany art; engaging characters with exaggerated, off-center features; and a problem to solve make this great fun for the younger set as well as reluctant readers.
—Mary ElamCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Graphic Sparks Series
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, Scott Nickel works by day at Paws, inc., Jim Davis's famous Garfield studio, and he freelances by night. Burning the midnight oil, Scott has created hundreds of humorous greeting cards and written several children's books, short fiction for "Boys' Life" magazine, comic strips, and lots of really funny knock-knock jokes. He was raised in southern California, but in 1995 Scott moved to Indiana, where he currently lives with his wife, two sons, six cats, and several sea monkeys.

Andy Smith knew he wanted to be an illustrator (if he couldn't be a space adventurer, superhero, or ghost hunter). After graduating from college in 1998, he began working at a handful of New York City animation studios on shows like Courage the Cowardly Dog and Sheep in the Big City. Since then, he has worked as a character designer, freelance illustrator, and taught high school and college art classes. Andy lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with his wife Karen.

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