Fridays have not been the same since I discovered Susanna Hill‘s Perfect Picture Book Friday. I look forward to writing my review posts, and to reading about all of the other books my fellow reviewers love enough to add to Susanna’s list. I make a list for my weekly library visit as I read through the reviews each Friday.
Written and Illustrated by Brian Lies
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2008
Themes: Animals, Library, Adventure
Today I am reviewing a book that will win each of your hearts. Bats at the Library is just delightful…or maybe, dedarkful. (They are bats after all!) It will win your heart because, if you’re reading about Perfect Picture Books, you obviously love picture books and spend time at the library. You will relate as they bats get caught up in stories they hear.
“And if we listen, we will hear
some distant voices drawing near—
louder, louder, louder still,
they coax and pull us in, until…
everyone—old bat or pup—
has been completely swallowed up
and lives inside a book instead
of simply hearing something read.”
See…I told you so. I know those words won your heart. I know you’re adding this book to your library list!
Synopsis: (Booklist) An open library window is an invitation for a colony of bats in this sequel to Bats at the Beach (2006). Once inside, older bats look for favorite books, while younger ones explore and play. Storytime settles everyone down and transports them into the tales, filled with bat characters playing new roles.
Resources: Brian’s website has a wealth of activities: Arts & Crafts, Group, Music, Science, Themes, Writing Also, on his website are Bat Facts, Appealing Bat Photos, Help Bats!, and information about the White-Nose Syndrome (a plague attacking North American bats). And, there are two more bat books that are just as dedarkful-Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Ballgame. They, too, have teacher guides on his website.
Why I LoveThis Book: The story is told in impeccable rhyme. (Imagine me loving rhyme 🙂 It has adventure and humor. Children will relate as the younger bats “drift away” to play while the older ones lose themselves in the books on the shelves. They will feel a part of the group as the bats gather for a read aloud. The illustrations are very detailed and invite you to linger on the pages and experience the story told by the art. The ending will invite you (and possibly the bats) back for a repeat!
Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list if you scroll down past the category list.