Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416978862, 48pp.
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
"Sense is the song you sing out into the world, "
"and the song the world sings back to you.
"With these words, Chiro's mother sends him off into the night for the first time alone. It's an adventure, but how will he find his way? And how will he find his way home? As the young bat discovers, navigating the world around him is easy as long as he uses his good sense.
This beautiful and touching coming-of-age story, with mesmerizing artwork from New York Times "bestselling illustrator Loren Long and lyrical text from Ari Berk, conveys a heartwarming and universal message: No matter how far away you go, you can always find your way home.
Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama s "Of Thee I Sing"; the newest version of "The Little Engine that Could"; Madonna s second picture book, "Mr. Peabody s Apples"; "Nightsong" by Ari Berk; and" "the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt s "Angela and the Baby Jesus" and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka s Trucktown series. Loren s work has appeared in "Time", "Sports Illustrated", "Forbes", "The Wall Street Journal, " and "The Atlantic". He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.
* "Exquisite design coupled with evocative illustrations enrich this charming tale of a little bat taking his first solo flight and how he learns to “see” with his “good sense,” otherwise known as echolocation.... Young ones will relate to Chiro and cheer as he gains confidence with his newfound skill and will be deeply satisfied flying along on his sensory-rich journey."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"There is nothing at all cute about bats, but don’t tell that to the talented Long...who has managed in the past to make even a tractor endearing.... Berk’s able storytelling enriches and elaborates...."
"Ari Berk's (The Secret History of Mermaids) lyrical text and Loren Long's acrylic-and-graphite nightscapes re-imagine the classic tale of a young one leaving its nest as a journey of not only independence but also of creativity.... This lyrical, sumptuous picture book about a small bat taking his first solo night flight will inspire confidence in any child trying something new--and independently--for the first time."
* "Not since Janell Cannon’s Stellaluna...have readers been introduced to such a charming young bat learning to navigate his world.... Acrylic and graphite illustrations reveal a dark night and a sweet, cuddly bat with a freckled nose and long pointed ears. Children in groups or one-on-one readings will enjoy hearing about this endearing character’s adventure."