This is a fun, early reader book with chapters. Two nighttime animals, a bat, and an owl decide to make some mischief. They do not anticipate a run-in with a human clothesline but once they are enclosed in white shirts from the line, they realize they are much scarier. Their object is to scare the cow, sleeping peacefully in the field. Of course, the cow also has an opportunity to repay the fright. All three of the animals are able to talk through their experience and decide to be friends after all. The underlying story is a good lesson in treating everyone with respect and kindness instead of playing tricks and scaring people for no particular reason. 2005, Henry Holt & Company, Ages 5 to 8.
Gr 1-3-It's a wonder that anyone on the farm gets any sleep, what with a bat and an owl spending the night making mischief. Their run-in with a clothesline leads to some ghostly shenanigans with Emily the cow. After she gets even, the three animals decide to be friends. In this early chapter book, the plot moves forward with plenty of dialogue and just enough silliness. Simply told, with ample black-and-white illustrations, the story is excellent fare for newly independent readers.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
A not-so-wise owl and his chubby buddy make both mischief and a new friend one night in this tale of "clothes" encounters. Inspired after a run-in with some laundry on a line, Fat Bat and Sweep impersonate a pair of ghosts-convincingly enough to send Emily the cow galloping off in terror. But turnabout, a little later they're temporarily terrified by the sight of Emily after she hooks a sheet off the same line. Apologies made and accepted, the three go off, wing in hoof in wing, to bother the chickens. A funny tale for newly fledged Easy Reader graduates, with more dialogue than description and illustrated with lots of small cartoon figures in ink-and-wash rural scenes. (Fiction. 7-9)