Bats at the Ballgame

By Brian Lies
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780547249704, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 6, 2010

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“Someone heard my chants of 'MORE BATS! MORE BATS!' Lies brings back his nocturnal charmers, this time for a rollicking trip to a baseball game. Grab a mothdog and some Cricket Jack and settle in for a wonderful time.”
-- Melissa Posten, Pudd'nhead Books, Webster Groves, MO


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 the Author

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. He has loved libraries and books since he was little, and when he travels, he rarely misses an opportunity to explore the local library. Visit to learn more about the author and his books.

Praise For Bats at the Ballgame

"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" —Publishers Weekly, starred review "The visual effect is quite stunning, with some fantastically disorienting upside-down spreads to reflect the fans' hanging position, and much of the language is utterly delicious."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Careful readers will find plenty of inventive details to make this latest outing to the bats’ nocturnal world worthwhile." —School Library Journal

Praise for Brian Lies’ New York Times best-selling books:

Bats at the Beach 

"Brilliant, brilliant paintings . . . just a whiz-bang summer book, anytime book. Everybody should look at this." —Daniel Pinkwater, NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday

"Perfect for sharing with younglings of the wingless sort." —Kirkus Reviews

"The book truly soars in the dark yet luminescent art. . . . A grand adventure." —School Library Journal

"Fetching . . . [A] wonderful read-aloud." —Newsday

Bats at the Library

"The library-after-dark setting works a magic all its own, taking Lies and his audience to an intensely personal place." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[Lies] brings a sure, expressive and transporting hand to this story of a colony of bats paying a nighttime visit to a small-town library." —Kirkus Reviews

"Illustrations teem with bats so charming they will even win over chiroptophobes." —Booklist

"Another tale of bat mischief . . . the charm is all in the story itself." —New York Times Book Review

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