Bats in the Band
Bats in the Band

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Annotation: When the weather warms up, bats take advantage of an empty theater to stage a concert.
Catalog Number: #88454
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-544-10569-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-83776-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-544-10569-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-83776-8
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 24 x 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
The creator of Bats at the Beach takes his bat cast to the theater, where various bat acts perform rock, country, classical, and the blues--music whose counterintuitive salubriousness inspires the best of many good rhymes: "It's hard to figure--eyes get wetter, / ...so how is it that we feel better?" Chiaroscurist Lies was born to depict the nighttime stage.
Publishers Weekly
Given how important echolocation is to bats, it should come as no surprise that they-re secret music-lovers. That-s the case with Lies-s colony, anyway, back in a fourth book. When night falls, the bats head to a summer theater where act after act takes the stage-there-s a string section that hangs upside down while playing, as well as singers in a variety of genres (-Next up, there-s a country song-/ some lonesome bat done someone wrong-). Humorous touches abound in Lies-s characteristically polished acrylic paintings, and the bats- infectiously joyful music-making will have readers reaching for the nearest noisemaker or instrument. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3&12; Bats wake up in the spring, hungry for food and even hungrier for sound. Their quest for a little night music leads them to a deserted summertime theater where a single light beckons them inside, past huckster bats selling T-shirts and posters, to the stage where other bats gather with improvised instruments. "We sing together as one voice./It seems the very walls rejoice!" A classical quartet, suspended upside down on matchstick perches, play violins, viola, and cello. A one-bat band is followed by a country bat sitting on a bottle cork and singing lonesome songs. A jazz bat's melancholy voice turns the room blue, while in a far corner little bats listen to children's songs. As the evening progresses, the main stage fills with bats. "Hearts are pumping, drums are thumping,/everything that's loose is jumping." Too soon, daylight signals the concert's end. Bats fly home to their rafters and dream of performing with the band. Luminous acrylic illustrations and rhyming text bring this nighttime concert joyfully to life. Like Bats at the Beach (2006), Bats at the Library (2008), and Bats at the Ballgame (2010, all Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), this latest adventure will enchant children, who will want to hear it, read it, and relive it over and over again.&12; Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Horn Book (4/1/15)
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Word Count: 761
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 169748 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD600L

The look on our faces is easy to read: a little night music is just what we need! A late-spring night sky fills with bats flocking to a theater, already echoing and booming with delightful sounds of music. Bat music--plunky banjoes, bat-a-tat drums, improvised instruments, country ballads, and the sweet cries of a bat with the blues. Join this one-of-a-kind music festival as the bats celebrate the rhythm of the night, and the positive power of music. Brian Lies's newest celebration of bats and their dazzling, dizzying world will lift everyone's spirits with joyous noise and cheer!


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