Bats at the Beach

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Bats at the Beach is a New York Times bestselling picture book by Brian Lies. In the book, bats flock to the beach to spend a splendid moon-lit night on the sand and in the water, echoing what people do at the beach—but in a particularly batty way.

The message of the book is that bats are not bad. A portion of all copies sold went to Bat Conservation International.[1]


The book was read aloud on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday by host Scott Simon and writer Daniel Pinkwater on June 24, 2006. Pinkwater said, "Brilliant, brilliant paintings. . . just a whiz-bang summer book, anytime book. Everybody should look at this."

School Library Journal wrote: "Where the book truly soars is in the dark yet luminescent art, where bat wings glow in the light of the full moon and the sky is steely blue. The faces on the bats are furry and friendly. . . A grand adventure."

The book was reviewed by Chico Enterprise-Record.[2] A Common Sense Media review called the book "delightful".[3]

A review said that the rhyming "may falter a bit, but the paintings are warm and humorous".[4]


  1. ^ Pinkwater, Simon; Simon, Scott (June 24, 2006). "A Batty Beach Trip". NPR. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Bookshelf: "Bats At The Beach"". Chico Enterprise-Record. May 25, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bats at the Beach". Common Sense Media. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tuck some children's books into beach bag". July 11, 2006. Retrieved November 25, 2011.