Gr 1-3-In the first title, Molly meets a new girl at school who loves bats and is soon dubbed "Vampire Vivian" by the other children. Before long, Molly and her friends notice that there are more bats than usual in the neighborhood. Finally, the mystery is solved: Vivian reveals that she has put a bat house in her yard. The colorful cartoon illustrations keep the action moving along and show Vivian decked out in bat earrings and a bat-wing hairdo. In Irene, a shy girl learns about animal camouflage and attempts to avoid attention by dressing in the same colors as her surroundings. The soft, lighthearted paintings show how she manages to blend in with a variety of backgrounds and also depict several different animals that use camouflage. Children will relate to Irene's dilemma and her thought process. Both stories have boxed facts throughout and an appended page of reading-related activities. These titles have interesting plots beyond the science they introduce and will appeal to beginning readers.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Michelle Knudsen has worked in libraries in New York City and Ithaca, New York. She is the author of the Brand New Reader FISH AND FROG, among many other books for children. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of many award-winning books for children, including WESLANDIA and SIDEWALK CIRCUS, both by Paul Fleischman, as well as HANDEL, WHO KNEW WHAT HE LIKED and ME, ALL ALONE, AT THE END OF THE WORLD, both by M. T. Anderson. He lives in Gorham, Maine.