Bat and Rat by Patrick Jennings

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Bat and Rat are two best friends living in the big city. Together these nocturnal pals enjoy their favorite things, like riding the subway, dumpster diving in Chinatown, writing songs, and playing in a band. One hot summer night, while tasting their favorite flavors of ice cream, like mosquito ripple, they find the inspiration for the perfect new tune—for they realize their favorite favorite is each other.
Written in a gentle, sweet style reminiscent of Arnold Lobel and Patrick McDonnell and with charming illustrations, Bat and Rat captures the tenderness of classic picture books with a hip, modern twist.

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“Cordell’s starry cityscapes combine with Jennings’ gentle text for an agreeable read-aloud—with a cherry on top.”—Kirkus Reviews

"The clever artwork perfectly complements Jennings's sharp, funny wordplay. Children will delight in this charming story."
School Library Journal

"Cordell’s images of jazzy patrons at the Twelve O’Clock Room add interest, while his consistent use of spotlights, streetlights, circular images, and stage lights accentuate and complement Jennings’ focused attention on a unique and caring relationship."
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About Patrick Jennings

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Patrick Jennings blasted onto the children's book scene with his critically acclaimed Faith and the Electric Dogs, which received numerous starred reviews and is now in film development. The author of many titles, including Lucky Cap and Guinea Dog, which was called "a very funny book [that]...would be particularly great for fifth-grade boys" by wired.com, Jennings has turned his focus to writing funny, easily accessible stories that will appeal to middle-schoolers. A former resident of Bisbee, Arizona, Jennings now lives in Washington State. Visit him online at www.patrickjennings.com.
 
Published January 15, 2013 by Abrams Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Amid the flare of emotion over the spill (Bat chastises Rat, then apologizes), Rat finds the creative key to the song’s lyrics: She has many favorite things, but her “favorite favorite is Bat.” Concluding spreads depicting enthusiastic fans of many species at the hotel’s rooftop Twelve O’Clock Ro...

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Publishers Weekly

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Bat and Rat are best friends and a musical duo: Bat is the composer/musician and Rat is the lyricist/singer.

Mar 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Bat and Rat

Bookalicious

One hot summer night, while tasting their favorite flavors of ice cream, like mosquito ripple, they find the inspiration for the perfect new tune—for they realize their favorite favorite is each other.

Dec 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Bat and Rat

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