Joan Holub Bed, Bats, & Beyond

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Bed, Bats, & Beyond

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9781581960778: Bed, Bats, & Beyond

When dawn comes and it's time for bats to go to bed, Fink can't sleep so the whole bat family pitches in to help by telling bedtime stories to lull him to sleep.

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About the Author:

Joan Holub is the author/illustrator of more than 100 books. She lives in New York.

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Grade 2–3—Even after counting mosquitoes and spiders, young Fink, a bat, is unable to fall asleep, so his family members take turns telling him stories. His brother Fang starts out with a scary story about Swamp Owl, who likes to eat bats and chants, "Bats with sprinkles./Bats on toast./Bats are what/I love the most!" Older brother Batrick contributes an adventure tale about a screwball pirate captain who calls his crew "scurvy navels" and gives zany commands such as "Hoist the decks!" and "Swab the sails!" Finally sister Batsy relates a love story about a bat princess who becomes disenchanted with her prince. Not surprisingly, none of these does the trick for Fink. Luckily Mom arrives home and knows just the right story to tell-a bedtime story. Though her tale is a little anticlimactic, the narrative as a whole feels satisfying. The pages of the bat family's stories are framed with borders to help readers distinguish them from the main story line. Gallagher-Cole's illustrations add humorous details; for example, the Swamp Owl's cookbook collection includes Better Caves and Gardens and the Batty Cracker Cookbook. With no more than 15 lines per page and illustrations on every spread, the story is ideal for students who have just graduated to chapter books. Charming and full of humor, this is sure to be a favorite, especially with those who enjoy funny animal fantasies such as Katie Speck's Maybelle in the Soup (Holt, 2007).—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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