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Bats at the Beach (Bat Books)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,410 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach!

So pack your buckets, banjos, and blankets—don’t forget the moon-tan lotion—and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet.

Brian Lies’s enchanting art and cheery beachside verse will inspire bedtime imaginations again and again. Come visit a bedazzling w
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 8th 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published April 12th 2006)
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Feb 09, 2016 Carmen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
A bunch of bats go to the beach at night.

The story is told in rhyme:

Or sailing to terrific heights,
taking turns at being kites.
Little bats dig their sand caves deep,
as old bats lie in the moon, asleep.

This book is very dark. No, I'm not talking about the subject matter, I'm talking about this taking place at night and being a very dark book to read. It's like watching the Batman movies starring Michael Keaton. Everything is dark. Sometimes you have to strain your eyes to tell what is going on i
Jul 13, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: sea-ocean-beach
Not sure why I didn't like this one more but I just can't bring myself to give it more than three stars. The pictures are nice and fun and the rhymes are okay if a bit awkward at times. I guess maybe I just don't understand why the "Bats" books get so much hype whereas other (better, IMO) picture books go out-of-print, so perhaps it's just a pet peeve of mine interfering with what would otherwise be an amusing little story.
Lisa Vegan
Jun 15, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of beaches, bats, rhyming stories, excellent & unusual picture book illustrations
I’ve read Bats at the Library and really enjoyed it, and this is one of the nominated books for July’s sea side/ocean them at the Picture Books Club over at the Children's Books group. I don’t know yet if this book will be selected, but as soon as I was aware of it I reserved it at the library and read it when it arrived, even though no libraries are involved, and I love libraries.

On the inside back cover I love how readers find out that a portion of the proceeds of this book are being donated t
Nov 16, 2011 Candice rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did Bats at the Library, but - full disclosure here - I'm a retired librarian, so that may have something to do with it. Like the other two "Bats" books, this one had a good rhythm and rhyme, and excellent illustrations. The full moon entices the bats to go for a night at the beach. Usual beach activities abound, but of course with a batty twist. They slather on moon-tan lotion, and instead of flying kites, they fly each other. Instead of toasting marshmallow ...more
Erma Talamante
Jun 14, 2015 Erma Talamante rated it really liked it
It's a perfect night out - a perfect night for a trip to the beach. The bats grab their blankets and things, and who could tell that they are not people as they play in the sand and water? By their bedtime, of course!

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Oct 11, 2008 Lara's rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents and children grades 1st-3rd grade
Shelves: picture-books
Synopsis : On a night when the moon can grow no fatter, bats pack their "moon tan" lotion and baskets of bug treats to fly off for some fun on the beach.
Review : A very sweet book about vacationing bats who come out at night to spend the "day" at the seashore. It provides a very unique viewpoint for a bedtime story. Going to sleep while the sun is just beginning to rise, celebrating cultural exchange by "making friends from other places with different foods and different faces".
Also really go
Samantha Weatherford
Mar 20, 2013 Samantha Weatherford rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: small children, kids learning about the ocean or who like the ocean
Recommended to Samantha by: child development class group
this book was fun to read, because it showed a different perspective of the beach by talking about it at night versus in the day when most kids think about "going to the beach". The pictures were adorable, and i think they would catch the attention of young readers. one that i liked alot had them making smores but crickets were in the marshmellows. you could teach kids about compare and contrast in this book (night versus day at a beach). it would be a great opener to a study of the ocean, or ...more
Jul 12, 2011 Eileen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages: 3-10
I ADORED this book as soon as I saw it.

Although the rhymes don't perfectly flow, the illustrations are really what make this book a winner. My son, 5, always enjoys pointing out particular cute bat faces when we read this book; and I get a kick out of the "moontan lotion" and the buggy light bulb "snack bar."

This is a great escape from the "moral" children's books
Mar 17, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
A fun story about a group of bats having a party at the beach (don't forget your moon-tan lotion!) Although it's all about the night, the illustrations are quite dark, which can be troublesome if reading in a dimly lit room at bedtime. Otherwise, it's a terrific story with both nicely detailed and silly illustrations.
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
To no one's suprise, the PandaBat loved it. The art is delightful, Lies has created the most charming bats since Stellaluna.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A family of bats goes for a midnight outing on the beach. The illustrations are SO cute! I liked his other book, Bats at the Library, a little bit better, but this one is excellent too. Highly recommended!
Inspired Kathy
May 03, 2009 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Same author as Bats at the library. I love the pictues especially the gross bug-mallows that get roasted on the beach.
Lachlan Lee
Apr 08, 2015 Lachlan Lee rated it it was amazing
Loved it, my young son loved it! Great pictures. Sure this book will be read over and over again in our household.
Aug 02, 2016 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Very cute children's book--my favorite part (besides the incredible illustrations--make sure to look closely at them!) was the "moon-tan lotion". Just adorable.
Casey Bennett
Sep 02, 2012 Casey Bennett rated it it was amazing
Don't forget the moon-tan lotion!
Dec 19, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
1. SUMMARY - Bats are being summoned out of their daytime shelter for a night at the beach. This hidden world of bats is much like our own. We both share a fondness for the beach. Young bats enjoy playing with family and making friends. They make sand sculptures, play volleyball, surf, have a picnic, and even roast marshmallows. Older bats relax and even hum a few songs they remember from their youth. As the families return to their home, young one fall asleep nestled into the chest of a parent. ...more
Dec 26, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing
The family beach excursion is a universal experience for coastal New Englanders – kids packed in the car; the food, fun, surf and sun to excess followed by a sleepy trip home. Bats at the Beach is an imaginative take on the trip; how do nocturnal creatures enjoy the beach? By moonbathing under the full moon, of course!

The unique character choice allows Lies to play with perspective – angles from the air, and one upside down at the snack bar picture with phenomenal reproduction of a bare lightbul
Jan 07, 2013 Sandy rated it liked it
The story "Bats at the Beach" is a rhyming one about the fun times that a group of bats have when they take a trip to the beach. Since bats are only awake in the nighttime, they use "moon-tan lotion" and go moon-bathing. When they visit the snack bar on the beach, they enjoy the insects that are attracted to the outside lights. They even take turns at BEING kites, and roast bug-mallows. I loved the creativity in this tale and very much enjoyed the illustrations. If you like clever ideas and ...more
This is another poetry book where the story is about bats visiting the beach in the moonlight. They spend their time like any family would, cooking out, making s'mores, singing by the campfire and playing beach games, they are just done with a little twist. The poems are rhythmic which make it a fun and easy read for kids.

This book is appropriate for ages 6+

I really enjoyed this book and I think it would be great to use as an introduction to poetry. You could use it to get kids thinking about
Wendy Daniel
Nov 04, 2013 Wendy Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: lis-4510
Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Brian Lies. He began his career as an editorial and political illustrator in Boston. He began illustrating books in 1989. He has also written and illustrated five picture books.

The upside-down world of bats takes on a whole new meaning when heading to the beach for an evening adventure.
• Show the familiar activities
• Nocturnal creatures reverse
• Words have a nice rhythm
• Allow the kids to be surprised by the illustrations
• The author’s photo

My family a
Kristine Hansen
Oct 10, 2013 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture-book

OK, I enjoyed this a lot. I remember how when evening came back at the house in Minnesota, we'd see the bats coming out at dusk. It was a pleasure to watch them dart after mosquitos on the warm summer nights. The idea of them enjoying the their own delightful.

I loved the illustrations - the swim wings over their regular wings is adorable. Sleepy bats falling asleep around the campfire just sweet enough. I laughed when I realized what dessert was at the snack bar.
Oct 08, 2007 Deana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Childhood fears can seem insurmountable and being afraid of the dark is an especially pernicious one. Children’s imaginations can work overtime at night supplying monsters that must be making all the noises that they hear at night. This marvelous book turns the night into a playtime for bats. The bats do everything kids would at the beach with their parents. Told in rhyming couplets the story helps to demystify the night and fill it with fun things to imagine. The illustrations are beautiful and ...more
Samantha Zapata
Sep 01, 2016 Samantha Zapata rated it it was amazing
This book was too cute! It showed different kinds of bats that met up together, which could be valuable information if you're studying about different kinds of bats or animals. The illustrations in the book were a little dark and you would need well lit room to see the pictures throughout the book. Each page had rhyming with the last word in each sentence, which was very fun to read! In the middle of the book there are old bats who are singing before they were winging and the song they're ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-kiddos-reads
Bats at the Beach is a silly and also wonderful story of well, bats going to the beach. They are busy and doing all the same things humans do at the beach, only at night! The poetry makes it fluid and lovely to read aloud to sleepy little ones, but the nighlight needs to be a tad brighter since the story, pages and letterin are quite dark. These nocturnal creatures are a favorite wihtin my family so to read of them doing some funny, and sometimes gross things at the beach made for a good laugh. ...more
Taylor Walczak
Sep 28, 2015 Taylor Walczak rated it liked it
This is just a cute story that's fun to read. There really isn't a 'moral' to this one unless you want to say it's about remembering to spend time with your family because it's often the little things that mean the most. My only dilemma about giving this one four or five stars was that the illustrations are very dark, so it would be difficult if you were planning on using this as a bedtime story. Other than that, it's a fun rhyming story that shows us how the Bats spend a 'day' at the beach and ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Ronda rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My students seemed to enjoy the story and the rhyming words, but I found that the pictures were very dark and difficult to see for the students in the back rows. If our library had better lighting or if the pages were bigger, this might not have been an issue. The story also let me lead in to the idea of sequels and what a sequel is, but explaining that these bats visit a library next. Didn't think about it, but it would have been good to pair this one with a non-fiction book showing photos of ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Luann rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2008
The rhyming text is okay, but what makes this book special are the illustrations. Make sure you spend time just looking at the pictures and noticing all the funny details of the bats' trip to the beach. I can't even choose a favorite, every page has something that makes me laugh.

And don't forget to check out the next book: Bats at the Library. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but hope to soon.
Michele Knott
Jun 13, 2014 Michele Knott rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this sweet picture book. Young children will enjoy the concept - nocturnal animals and what they do at night - and the similarities to what kids do during the day will have young readers saying "I do that too!" I loved the little details - the bat bringing the paper umbrella for the beach umbrella, the bats putting on moon tan lotion, the elderly bats falling asleep while "laying out" in the moon. The illustrations were spectacular which will have young children asking to hear the ...more
Kevin Wright
Mar 29, 2014 Kevin Wright rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-ya
Brian Lies is an exceptionally accomplished and multi-talented artist. The painted illustrations are impressive, but where Lies really excels is in his character design. He manages to draw bats who are somehow hyper realistic and super cuddly. He's also a talented writer, crafting an inventive narrative verse that rolls effortlessly off the tongue. Visually, this is the best entry in the Bats series to date, with page after page of panoramic, moonlit ocean vistas. But as elegant as the ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Peanut rated it it was amazing
MOMMY: I'm always amazed that these are written and illustrated by the same person. Brian Lies is truly talented. The text and pictures are equally detailed and interesting. The book is a pleasure to read aloud and as witty as I have come to expect from him. I love that as the Peanut grows he'll only grow to understand and enjoy the book more.

PEANUT: Bugmallows! Bat surfing! All sorts of fun things to look at and listen to. Peanut loves these books and always finds something new on the page.
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I was born in 1963 in Princeton, New Jersey, which back then was a quiet college town, surrounded by old farmland slowly giving way to housing developments. I spent a lot of time building dams and forts in the woods across the street with my best friend, inventing things, and writing and drawing with my older sister. At various times during my childhood, we had newts, gerbils and rabbits as pets. ...more
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