Monday, October 25, 2010


Bats Around the Clock
by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

There is a twelve hour program called American Batstand where the bats are going to dance a whole bunch of different kinds of dances, and the host of the program is Click Dark. The dancing starts with the shrug at one, the jitterbug at two, the spin at three, and several other dances every hour. The bats also dance in the street, doing the locomotion. Then at seven it was time for the twist. The bats even dance the hokey pokey at nine. Finally, the bats have danced for twelve hours, and now it is time for the special guest, who has “blue suede shoes.” Who is the special guest? Will the bats continue to dance?

Homework Hassles
by Abby Klein

Freddy’s teacher wants the class to do reports on nocturnal animals. Everyone else seems to be able to think of a cool nocturnal animal, but Freddy cannot think of one. Mrs. Wushy, his teacher, tells him to think about it. Freddy invites his friend Robbie over to observe different animals at night. The plan is to go outside after Freddy’s parents are asleep, but Freddy is very worried about this plan. The boys see some possum tracks, but Freddy is getting very cold. So he decides to climb a tree, but he ends up falling down and breaking his arm. He has to go to the hospital and get a cast. Breaking his arm means that he will have to make a lot of changes over the next few weeks, and it does not change the fact that he still does not have a nocturnal animal to write about. Robbie’s mom finally gives Freddy a great idea for his report? What animal will Freddy choose to write about? What kinds of interesting things will he learn about that animal?

Baby Bat’s Lullaby
by Jacquelyn Mitchard and illustrated by Julia Noonan

A mother bat sings a lullaby to her little baby bat as they snuggle together in the rising sunlight. She sings to him all of the things that her little bat is, such as a forest streaker, a darling night creeper, a mosquito frightener, an upside-down clinger, and many other things.

Batty About Texas
by J. Jaye Smith and illustrated by Kathy Coates

This nonfiction book is about the bats of Texas. A Mexican free-tailed bat named Bo, tells many different facts about the bats in Texas, such as when Mexican free-tailed bats come to Texas, how many kinds of bats can be found in Texas (32), what kind of animal a bat is (a mammal), how high bats can fly (up to two miles), and many other really cool facts. Each page also has a bat fact. Bats also like to eat mosquitoes and many other kinds of bugs, including moths and beetles. They are also important to people in other ways.

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