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Title:
Bats in the band
Author:
Lies, Brian, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Summary:
When the weather warms up, bats take advantage of an empty theater to stage a concert.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 169748.
ISBN:
9780544105690
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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!


Author Notes

Brian Lies is an author and illustrator. He was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1963.

Brian studied Psychology and British and American Literature at Brown University. After graduating from college he moved to Boston to study drawing and painting at the Boston Museum School (also known as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).

Brian has had a career as an editorial and political illustrator working with a lot of magazines and newspapers. He has had political illustrations published in the Christian Science Monitor and the Boston Globe.

In 1989, Brian illustrated his first book, Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye. Since then, he's illustrated over twenty books, including his latest one, Bats at the Ballgame, which he also wrote. His other four written-and-illustrated books to date are the New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library, Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite, and Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle.

Brian lives in a seaside town in Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. He also visits schools to work with students on writing and illustrating stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Lies's latest series installment lends itself nicely to an audio version. Narrator Chris Sorensen's voice has a soothing quality that will inspire repeat listens. The bats in this story are just waking up in the spring and flock to the sounds of music at a local theater, where at night the bats pick up the instruments and create their own musical entertainment. Fans of the series will easily be able to imagine the bats in the band without the help of illustrations as Lies's story is descriptive and Sorensen's narration is easy to follow. This would be a great addition to collections for younger listeners.-Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.