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A Boy Called Bat

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  107 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got on
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Walden Pond Press
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Joanna Marie
Mar 20, 2017 Joanna Marie rated it it was amazing
so innocent and full of character for the young ones. now i get it why my 10 y/o brother loved this book.
Mar 03, 2017 Chelsea rated it really liked it
A Boy Called Bat was a very quick and cute read. It can easily be read in one setting, but it is also a perfect book for reading a few chapters here and there, and not needing a refresher of what just happened. I think that this book is perfect for young children who love animals. I love the skunk and I really enjoyed how some facts about skunks were shared through this book. I really liked the illustrations throughout the story. They really added to the story.

One of the things I loved most abou
Michele Knott
I really enjoyed Arnold's upcoming book. I think it will be a hit with young readers, especially those who have a soft spot for animals.
I like that this book includes some diversity with the main character coming from a divorced family and is most likely on the autism spectrum, without the book being about that.
Sarah Levy
Oct 01, 2016 Sarah Levy rated it really liked it
A cute story about a boy (most likely on the autism spectrum) and a baby skunk. I imagine many of my 3rd graders enjoying this story.
Abby Johnson
Bat (Bixby Alexander Tam) is good at lots of things: he knows more than anyone in his class about animals. He is great at math.

But Bat is not great at making friends. When his mom, a veterinarian, brings home a newborn skunk kit, Bat is immediately smitten. It's so small and defenseless! So cute! Bat knows that he can be the best skunk caretaker that there ever was and he begs his mom to be able to keep him for good. But skunks are wild animals and his mom thinks it's best if they care for the
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
When I read the blurb of ABCB, I instantly remembered my younger brother and I want to admit that that’s one of the reasons why I want to read and review Elana’s book. Not only that, I’m an animal lover myself and even though Bat is way younger than me, it was not hard to feel for him while reading. But don’t let Bat’s age hinder you from reading ABCB. This book is genuine and very easy to read. That’s what I like the most. Arnolds writing was not hard to get in to and Bat’s story will make you ...more
Feb 06, 2017 Aeicha rated it really liked it
Bixby Alexander Tam, aka Bat, is a smart, curious, animal loving third-grader, who happens to be on the autism spectrum. When his veterinarian mom brings home a baby skunk, Bat is so excited to help take care of it. And as the weeks go by, Bat decides that he doesn’t want to give the baby skunk, now named Thor, to the skunk rescue people...he wants to keep Thor as a pet. But can Bat convince his mom that he’d be the best skunk caregiver ever, all while trying to understand his classmates and the ...more
Suzze Tiernan
Feb 08, 2017 Suzze Tiernan rated it really liked it
Cute middle grade novel about a boy, whose mom, a vet, brings home a skunk kit. Kids who like animals would really enjoy this.
Erin Kelly
Aug 02, 2016 Erin Kelly rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I loved Bat. He was such a well-developed character and the tone and voice of the novel is perfectly pitched for its audience. The illustrations were wonderful too. I really wanted to hold a skunk after reading this and I never thought I'd ever be in a position where I wished I knew more skunks.
Scott Fillner
Sep 11, 2016 Scott Fillner rated it it was amazing
A Boy Called Bat is such a wonderful story Elana K Arnold. The book just blew me away. Not only is the writing outstanding...but the illustrations really enhance the story. I cannot wait for it to become a book in the wild for others to read.

The book is ideal for any students entering 4th grade or any students B or above 4th grade.
Rachel Patrick
Mar 20, 2017 Rachel Patrick rated it really liked it
This review (and others) can be seen in all its properly formatted glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

3.5 stars!

If you know me, you might know why A Boy Called Bat piqued my interest at first sight: there's a boy called Bat, and the cover has a skunk on it. Sign me up! To further my intrigue, the synopsis itself wasn't too shabby--a boy's veterinarian mom brings home a baby skunk to foster, and the boy forms a friendship with said skunk and tries to keep him as a pet. Really, all of this
Ms. Yingling
Oct 29, 2016 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Copy received from the publisher

Bat's mom is a busy veterinarian who still devotes plenty of time to taking care of Bat and his older sister Janie. When she brings home a newborn skunk whose mother was killed in a car accident, Bat takes an immediate liking to the animal. Bat has his own challenges-- he is on the autism spectrum and doesn't like loud noises or bad smells. It is often difficult for him to read people's emotions, and he struggles to remember all of the polite words he is supposed
Mar 20, 2017 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Bixby Alexander Tam is a young boy who likes to go by the nickname Bat. Bat loves animals and knows all kinds of facts about animals. Bat's mom is a veterinarian and Bat would like to be a veterinarian just like her some day. However, Bat is still in grade school and must focus on that. It is hard for Bat to make friends since he doesn't like to look people in the eye and likes to flap his arms. One day, Bat's mom brings home an orphaned baby skunk that she plans on taking care of before giving ...more
Sandy Brehl
At 198 pages, with wide line spaces, larger font, and accessible language patterns, this registers as an early chapter book rather than a full fledged novel. As such, it makes a great read aloud with plenty of meat for discussion while not requiring endless weeks to complete. BAT, the young male protagonist, is somewhere on the autism spectrum, although that is never explicitly stated. His family and school "get" him and allow/encourage him to develop strategies for successful engagement with li ...more
Feb 26, 2017 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
A Boy Called Bat is a story about a boy who is very smart and a bit "awkward".
He lives with his sister, and mom who is a veteran. One day mom brings home a skunk kit who's mother was killed and needs to be cared for. Bat, who's never had a friend learns how to take care of the kit and sees what it is like to care for something other then his family. When a class mate shows interest in being friends Bat blows him off not understanding what Israel is really be Bat's first real friend
Lani Ferguson
Mar 05, 2017 Lani Ferguson rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an ARE of A Boy called Bat, and I really enjoyed it. Bat is such a great character, who is an animal lover, and also happens to be on the Autism spectrum. He definitely reminds me of my six year old son William. I definitely admire Bat, because he never gave up on what he was passionate about. He was passionate about making sure that his skunk kit stayed with him,and he did whatever it took, to make that happen. I'm really looking forward to reading the next Bat boo ...more
Bookworm LLC
Feb 26, 2017 Bookworm LLC rated it really liked it
Shelves: cindy-bookshelf
A Boy Called Bat is a story about a boy who is very smart and a bit "awkward".
He lives with his sister, and mom who is a veteran. One day mom brings home a skunk kit who's mother was killed and needs to be cared for. Bat, who's never had a friend learns how to take care of the kit and sees what it is like to care for something other then his family. When a class mate shows interest in being friends Bat blows him off not understanding what Israel is really be Bat's first real friend
Mar 17, 2017 Cynthia rated it really liked it

Bat loves animals, and fittingly, his mother is a veterinarian. When she brings home a baby skunk,Bat becomes obsessed with its care and hopes to keep it. Throughout the book, Bat navigates through family and school relationships, and his experience with the skunk helps him find his way. A solid middle grade with an endearing main character.
Mr. Steve
Mar 14, 2017 Mr. Steve rated it really liked it
Really cute story about a boy whose vet mom brings home a baby skunk that needs care. The boy "Bat," who is obviously on the spectrum, is a sweet soul with a love for animals. He spends the story trying to convince his Mom to let him keep the skunk permanently, while navigating the difficulties of life - such as making friends and dealing with his sister.
Emily Lanpher
Nov 21, 2016 Emily Lanpher rated it it was amazing
Great, great read! This book tells the story of a boy that is on the autism spectrum and a skunk kit that he is determined to make his pet. This book gives a glimpse into the mind of someone on the autism spectrum, as well as ties in typical grade-school "growing up" problems.
Jan 02, 2017 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
I read this book aloud to my kids and they really enjoyed it. Bat was a great character. The kids drew similarities to how Bat was kind of a different kid and he wanted a skunk (a different animal) as a pet.
It was a nice, happy read.
Mar 03, 2017 Tracey rated it it was amazing
The author did an excellent job portraying the protagonist, a young boy with Asperger's. And rescuing a baby skunk? Can you get any cuter than that!
Mar 22, 2017 Melanie rated it really liked it
I remember reading aloud Joey Pigza to my class to help them understand a certain student. The best memory is that student yelling out, "Hey! Joey Pigza is a lot like me!" I was reading it to help others with empathy and it had an unintended result: it was a book that helped a student not feel so alone. I think A Boy Called Bat will be that book for many students and many classrooms.
Mar 15, 2017 Sabrina rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I was instantly drawn to Bat the main character as we both have a love for animals and I just loved his nickname as I am a huge lover of bats plus he gets to help care for a baby skunk which I have always wanted a pet skunk. Even though this book is for younger kids in elementary school I still very much enjoyed the story and all the characters. My niece who is eight and loves to read also kept at me to read this book and she finished it in 2 days and loved it also. S ...more
Mar 15, 2017 AK rated it really liked it
This book made me cry happy tears! It was so sweet, and so very intuitive. As a mother of a child who sees the world differently, it is immensely refreshing to find new authors writing characters of the same ilk. Characters who are singularly focused on one goal, but take a very odd route. Or those who eat four things and don't you dare offer them anything different.
A Boy Called Bat wasn't just touching, it was a lot of fun! Adventurous and full of adolescent curiosity, it's a great book to read
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A Boy Called Bat is one of those quiet yet impactful books that will find a special place in many hearts. The story is about Bat’s Asperger’s and his parent’s divorce without it being about that at all. The main character, Bat, is one of those special characters that as I was reading about him I knew that readers getting to know him will make them grow as people and that their empathy to fellow kids who may seem different w
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Mar 05, 2017 Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog rated it it was amazing
A Boy Called Bat is a book for readers from 6-10 about a young boy who wants to adopt a skunk. What makes this story a little different is that Bat is on the autism spectrum, so reading his character is very different than reading others. Bat is very literal and likes facts, he does not like when things are not the way he prefers them, and he sometimes makes blunders of social interactions. But this story is about him growing and learning more about himself and other people.

The story follows Bat
Ashlee Willis
Mar 14, 2017 Ashlee Willis rated it really liked it
Good book for children ages 7-10. I wasn't 100% sure that making the main character autistic actually added anything to the plot or taught the potential reader anything, but the book was simply written and a good, quick read either way.
Rachel WritesThings
Mar 14, 2017 Rachel WritesThings rated it liked it
Quick and easy chapter book about a boy on the autism spectrum who loves animals and wants to be a vet like his mom when he grows up.
James Spears
Mar 10, 2017 James Spears rated it it was amazing
I work with many kids with autism spectrum on the high school level. The author captured the behavior and situations perfectly. I enjoyed the story very much. I finished it in one setting. I am donating it to a teacher who has students with low reading level.
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