Bats at the Library

Bats at the Library

by Brian Lies

Multimedia(DVD - NTSC)

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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933938622
Publisher: Nutmeg Media
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Brian Lies is the award-winning author-illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach, Bats at the LibraryBats at the Ballgame, and Bats in the Band. He has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his family. 

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“…the library-after-dark setting works a magic all its own, taking Lies and his audience to an intensely personal place.” Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Dark, inky acrylic paintings accompany a sprightly rhyming text, a wonderful sequel to 2006's completely charming Bats at the Beach." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"These book-loving bats might encourage young readers to explore more stories on their own.” 08/03/08 San Antonio Express-News

"… appealing acrylic illustrations that teem with bats so charming they will even win over chiroptophobes."

Booklist, ALA

"In this latest from Lies, it's all-deservingly-about the artwork. He brings a sure, expressive and transporting hand to this story."

Kirkus Reviews

"...the charm is all in the story itself." September 14, 2008 The New York Times Book Review

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Bats at the Library 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book. It is cleverly written and the illustrations are just a delight. My little boy is 7 years old and he LOVES it. I got it along with Bear Feels Scared and Nose Pickin' (and 50 Other Ways to Tickle Your Brain!). They are all great books that everyone should get for their child.
Skywalkerchick More than 1 year ago
This book is great! It is based on the Riverside Public Library in IL where the author spent time w/ his grandparents when he was younger. And yes, the library really does look like that inside. How do I know? I work there. :-) The story is adorable and it's so much fun to try to pick out the stories that the bats are reading during their trip to the library. And who left that window open to let them inside? The world may never know. :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old son has autism and it's so hard to hold his attention but he ABSOLUTELY loves this book!!
ACHunter More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful way to promote the adventures waiting for you at the library! The illustrations are fantastic, especially the pages where the bats imagine themselves as classic characters in the books they are reading. The story's nice rhyming rhythm makes it fun to read over and over again.
enjoylife1 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, truly imaginative, wonderful illustrations! My four year old grandson loves these books.
justpeachy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This charmingly-illustrated book tells the story of what happens one night when a bunch of bored bats find a window ajar at the library. The bats ¿ cutely drawn by author and illustrator Brian Lies ¿ are thrilled by the discovery and spend the night exploring the library and having fun. They make photocopies of themselves on the copy machine, play in the pop-up books, conduct a family storytime, and use the drinking fountain as a swimming pool. The illustrations are richly detailed and funny. On one page, some bats are described as studying a guide to "fancy foods" and they are shown examining a guide to insects. This is a delightful picture book that will entertain readers of any age and is perfect Halloween reading. This is also a wonderful follow-up to Lies' first bat book, "Bats at the Beach," also highly recommended.
Alexandra1600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Favorite library read, narrative, rhyme, delight to read and illustrations are heart warming and adventurous.
ericarhenry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book with a group of 3rd graders and they absolutely loved it! It was great for a Halloween story. A librarian accidentally leaves a window open and the bats take over the library and do all kinds of crazy things. The kids really got into the story and the illustrations were wonderful. They really made the book. They show all kinds of funny things the bats are doing and they show a ton of detail. This was a great read aloud book.
jrlandry1410 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and I only wish it had been around when I was a child. The paintings are magnificent, I don't know how to describe them, but the bats seem so lifelike. The story is about a large group of bats who are excited to hear that the library window has been left open one night. The bats then swoop in and have the run of the place. They read, play games, chat about books, and get lost in storytime. They are sad when the sun starts to rise and they must leave, but they look forward to the next trip to this fantastic world of fun filled fantasies. This book is perfect to get children excited about going to the library and about reading in general.
Bookwormeater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is very captivating. It's about bat's that go to the library through an open window. They have so much fun reading books and hanging out. The book has great pictures and it makes me want to go to the library and read books. This book would be great for a reluctant reader. I loved this book.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this one, but not as well as Bats on the Beach. It was still cute, though. Those bats are just darling! My only complaint is the darkness of the illustrations makes it a hard title to share at storytime. But otherwise it's lovely!
perihan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The bats come into a library through a window that is left open by the librarian. Although the older bats know how to behave in a library, the young ones have no idea. They make photocopies of themselves, play with water fountain and create a mess.This missbehaving stops when the young ones are consumed in story time.
rpultusk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's library night for bats when the librarian leaves one of the windows open. This somewhat strange, unknown, omniscient narrator explains, in rhyme, what the bats do at night in the library: play games, read books, copy themselves in the photocopy machine, swim in the drinking fountain, etc. The book is fun and playful, if a little bit creepy at times. The bats have such a good time in the library that they lose track of time and must hurry to leave when they realize the sun is coming up.The story is done in rhyme, which is cute without being cutesy. The illustrations are dark without being eery and are light enough to capture the playfulness of the text. Illustrations span the full spread across both pages and there is no white space.Highly recommended for elementary school libraries.
kdemott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well it's no Library Mouse but it's a decent book, maybe fun for Halloween if you're actually trying to steer clear of something too "Halloweeny." Classroom teachers know, it's a fine line.
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great motivational book for reading. Some neighborhood bats find their way through a small window of the library and every night they sneak in to read some books. A fun book for kids to get jump started on their motivation for literature and reading.
delatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
naughty bats. libraries are for people. and cats.
tlesr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! A group of bats wait for their chance to visit the library when a window is left opened. They enjoy the contents of the library, and not just books!
Pusparani on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Bats at the Library¿ is an appealing story of bats who love to visit the library and reading good stories. Brian Lies invites the readers along through the bats¿ journey to the library, as one of library¿s windows has been left opened over night.Although they only have a few chances to see inside the library, many members of the bats colony are excited to look around. The older ones explore the book shelves while the little ones play with a projector to make shadow puppets. Brian Lies does a wonderful job in showing children the magical journey for the bats in the library. They can be anything they can imagine; playing in water fountains, copying themselves in a copy machine, and many more. The great story time is set up for the little ones, until all the bats imagine themselves in adventures of different worlds in the books.It is a very powerful story which shows children how even bats love reading stories and can see worlds they have never known through the books.The artwork and entertaining rhymes definitely make this book a valuable reading for children. This book celebrates the library as the place to enjoy the world through words. I recommend teachers to have this book in their bookshelves, in their class or school library.
SunshyneBuckarma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think just the subject matter alone of Brian Lies' picture book, ¿Bats at the library¿ would entice many young readers of the ages of about 4 to 8. Thus the story is about a group of bats who sneak into a library at night time, when no one else is around to read the books. ¿Bats at the library¿ has been written as a rhyme and it contains quite a bit of alliteration, so children would enjoy reading it aloud. Lies' magnificent, detailed and comical paintings fill up every page and depict the text perfectly. Mostly darker colors are used, which suits the bat and night time content. ¿Bats at the library¿ is great for developing reading skills and imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to read to my kindergarten class. I just love it and they did, too!
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Mark Whitmarsh More than 1 year ago
great book and fun to read. $16 for the ebook that doesn't have a 'read to me' is WAY over priced!
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