Review By JESSICA ALMY
Vacillating between anthropomorphism and a playful look at bats as bats, Bats at the Beach is a fun read for kids ages 4 to 8. Some of the images are designed to make kids squirm — marshmallows made of bugs, for example — but all in all, most kids will enjoy the storyline of bats having a holiday by moonlight on the beach.
Given how reviled bats are in our culture, I think this book by Brian Lies does a nice job of portraying bats in a positive light. His bats express emotion, care for family members, and have fun, allowing kids an opportunity to relate.