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 Little bat in night school
 Author: Lies, Brian

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 572537 ISBN: 9780358269847
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Subjects:
 Bats -- Fiction
 Nocturnal animals -- Fiction
 School stories
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $19.48

Summary:
Little Bat can't wait for his first night of school, but any little bat who's tried something new or gone somewhere they've never been before knows that first times can be scary. With the help of Little Bat and his classmates, readers will see that spreading your wings is easy when you listen, act with kindness, and take a chance on new friends.


Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/21)
   School Library Journal (08/01/21)
   Booklist (05/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2021 It’s finally time for Little Bat to go to school, and he is oh-so excited! But even though he’s anxious to attend, he’s distressed to discover his classmates aren’t only bats like him but also other nocturnal creatures: owls, raccoons, and a ferret. Nervous, he flies into a cubbyhole where he finds a dangling possum who is just “hanging out.” Their instant friendship enables them to feel more comfortable in this new environment and, ultimately, to get acquainted with the other students. Their teacher introduces a variety of topics, such as the phases of the moon, as well as a math lesson, art class, and storytime. Lies’ signature illustrations are beautifully executed and filled with details. The fur and feathers of the nocturnal pupils are clearly delineated and appear soft and touchable, while the animals’ eyes are bright and shiny. Little dialogue asides look handprinted and add humor to an already engaging tale about attending school for the first time and learning to fit in. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 08/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—Lies has an endearing story perfect for the start of the school year. Bats have previously been the featured characters in a number of other titles by Lies (at the beach and the library), but the focus of this title is on Little Bat and his excitement to meet other bats and start Night School. When he arrives in class, he is welcomed by his raccoon teacher but he is excluded from play by the other bats, and retreats to cubbies to hide. In the cubbies he meets shy Ophelia, a young possum, and together they bravely join the class of other nocturnal animals and quickly settle into familiar routines and activities of the school "day." Young children will enjoy the similarities between their school experiences and Little Bat's and will laugh as Little Bat and his friends engage in imaginative play and form a classroom community. The illustrations are full of emotion and detail without being overwhelming. This will make a wonderful start of the year story to share to discuss inclusion, having a growth mindset, and making new friends. VERDICT Warm and engaging illustrations and a charming main character make this a winning and comforting title for a new school year audience.—John Scott, formerly at Friends Sch. of Baltimore - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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