Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies

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Hurry up!  Come one—come all!  
We’re off to watch the bats play ball!

You’ll never forget your first game: the green so green, the presence of heroes past, and togetherness with family and friends, rooting for the home team.

But you think humans are the only ones who enjoy America’s national pastime? Grab your bat—the other kind—and your mitt, and join these captivating bats as they flutter off to watch their all-stars compete. How about a mothdog?  Or some Cricket Jack?

In sweeping compositions that transport fans to the rightside-up and upside-down world of bats at play, Brian Lies treats us to a whole new ballgame.

 

About Brian Lies

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Brian Lies is the award-winning author-illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, and Bats at the Ballgame. In addition, he has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. Visit www.BrianLies.com to learn more about the author and his books.
 
Published September 6, 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gathering up “our buckets, trowels, / banjoes, blankets, books, and towels,” a family of bats flits out to the beach for a moonlit picnic of “yummy treats”—“Beetles, ants, and milkweed bugs, / crickets, moths, and pickled slugs.

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Previously Lies has given his bats nights at the library and the beach with great success.

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Baseball stadiums have an innate magic, never more so than in the hands of Lies, whose latest has the winged creatures gathering for an epic game, complete with beenuts and Cricket Jack, and an upsi

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Lies's (Bats at the Beach ) much-lauded bats are back and the library's got them—thanks to a window left open by an unsuspecting (or perhaps sympathetic) librarian.

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Baseball stadiums have an innate magic, never more so than in the hands of Lies, whose latest has the winged creatures gathering for an epic game, complete with "beenuts and Cricket Jack," and an upside down audience.

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The Roanoke Times

Lots of young teams went to see our local professional team play, so the calls for “mothdogs” and “cricket jacks” will tickle these aspiring athletes.

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"Mothdogs" and "Cricket Jack" instead of hot dogs and Cracker Jack are good for a giggle, and the vivid, old-timey acrylic illustrations and rhyming prose here evoke the sport's long history as an American favorite but reintroduce it with a silliness and imaginative flair that will make it seem f...

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