Rating: (1-5 5 is a starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This is a book about friendship and communication. Bat has nowhere to live since his bat home has gotten too crowded. He finds squirrel’s home and when squirrel wakes up in the morning, she writes a note to bat to ask him to leave. The bat reads the notes literally, and just doesn’t get the meaning. He continues to stay and eventually bat and squirrel learn to live together in friendship. Young children will love the double meanings of the messages and will enjoy the humor. Somehow Paul Meisel makes his bat endearing and I found myself rooting for him.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.
To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This book would be great for very young children who are experimenting with words and language. The confused meanings of the idioms will be fun for young children. Children aged 4-6 will understand the humor and older students learning English will also enjoy the book.
Who should buy this book? all libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.
Date of review: Nov. 2, 2016