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Bats at the Library by Brian Lies

Bats at the Library (2008)

by Brian Lies

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I love the illustrations of all the different types of bats in this book. I also loved how the author personified the bats and made them love reading so much. ( )
  Annabelleurb | Oct 26, 2016 |
Wonderful, yes, fans of libraries will not be disappointed. But also frustrating - I did not recognize all the references. Goodnight Sun is easy, of course. And the bat version of Pippi Longstocking is cute. Peter Rabbit, Alice, etc... but who is riding a horse & escaping from a mob? And who says from bed No more melted cheese for me," perhaps because of nightmares? A bibliography or answer key would be perfect." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A cute rhyming story about bats' adventures after dark in the library, and encouraging children to get lost in a book. The illustrations are the best part, and figuring out which story the bats might be in. ( )
  Ermina | Feb 25, 2016 |
Using this on Tumblebooks allows the readers to really get into the colors and pictures of the books. There is a lot to be discussed and referred to when reading this book. This is one where lots of ideas come pouring out while reading it a first time through (as an educator). The pictures are vivid, the words rhythmic, and the engagement intense. Bat's at the Library could be used at the beginning of the year in the library. This could can be used to teach reading of pictures, making predictions, literary styles, recognizing layers in a book, reading between the lines, just to name a few ideas. The colors are so rich and the visuals haunting and enticing, there are a number of possibilities. ( )
  AKcensorfree | Feb 8, 2016 |
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Author: Brian Lies
Title: Bats at the Library
Series (if applicable): Second in the Bats series
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Imprint (if applicable): none
Edition: library
13 digit ISBN: 13-079-618-99923-1
price: $16.00
number of pages: 32
Includes: illustrations
Rating: 5 stars: excellent; nearly flawless a must-have for all libraries serving youth.

Brian Lies sequel to Bats at the Beach is a wonderful nighttime journey taken by the local bats through a window that is left open at the library (opps!). Adventures await them as they discover all the wonderful things that can happen in a library. An overhead projector? Make shadows. A water fountain? Make a swimming pool. But be quiet. You must be quiet. The library is not your cave! Story hour brings all of the bats together into the magic of hearing a story read aloud. But, they must aware that time is passing and before they know it is time to leave, and they just have begun to explore the wonders of the library. Perhaps they might be lucky and a librarian will leave the window open again. Readers might recognize some of the bats from Bats at the Beach including the little bat with yellow water wings and his mother. It is interesting to note that the library in Bats at the Library was fashioned after the very real Riverside Public Library, in Riverside, IL http://www.riversidelibrary.org/ .

Lies rhyming poetry adds a lyrical element to the magical night. Each page has a two or four line rhyming stanza that compliments the artwork. Lies artwork is deeply saturated acrylic paintings that express the bats excitement wonderfully.

Bats at the Library has won and been nominated for several awards including the IndieChoice Picture Book Award 2009, and it was named the #3 Picture Book of 2008 by Time Magazine / CNN. Bats in the Library spent 12 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list , and it was nominated for the 2010 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award. Bats at the Library is worth of all of these awards, and I look forward to reading more of Brian Lies books.
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  MegAnastasi | Oct 26, 2015 |
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To Kate O'Sullivan, my first true batvocate; to the librarians at the Riverside (Ill.) Public Library, the Duxbury (Mass.) Free Library and the Princeton (N.J.) Public Library; and to Amy Tull who told me about that one winged visitor without a library card....
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Another inky evening's here -
the air is cool and calm and clear.
Other bats, in munchy moods, will study guides to fancy foods or hang out by a lamp instead to talk about the books they've read.
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Houghton Mifflin Company Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear.
Can it be true? Oh, can it be?
Yes!—Bat Night at the library!

Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!

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Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.

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