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Owl Bat Bat Owl

Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Illustrator)


List Price: 15.99*
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Can two very different families find their space in the world together? A wonderful wordless picture book offers stylish art, humor, and charm.

A mother owl and her three little owlets live happily on their branch. That is, until the bat family moves in. The newfound neighbors (owls up top, bats hanging below) can’t help but feel a little wary of one another. But babies are curious little creatures, and that curiosity, along with a wild, stormy night, might just bring these two families together. With subtly and hilariously shifting facial expressions and gestures, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick brings her accessible graphic style to a warm and ingenious wordless tale that is sure to bring smiles to readers of all ages.

Praise For Owl Bat Bat Owl

This is a delightful picture book for children...the book offers parents a powerful opportunity to teach children about tolerance and getting along with others.
—National Speleological Society News

In this charming wordless tale, a family of snoozing owls quietly perch on top of a branch until a family of bats arrive and hang directly below them on the same branch, interrupting the owls’ slumber...A warm and clever tale celebrating tolerance and friendship. Best shared one-on-one or with a small group.
—School Library Journal

In this tender wordless tale, two nocturnal animal families look for a few extra winks before moonrise—and inadvertently find new friends...Successful characterization is achieved through subtle shifts in body language and the owls’ large, expressive eyes. Readers will want to regularly flip the book upside-down for the bat family’s perspective.
—The Horn Book

Candlewick, 9780763691615, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2017

About the Author

Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is a Dublin-born, award-winning author-illustrator who has been published in more than fifteen countries. Her picture books include The New Kid and There, which was named an Eric Carle Museum Best Book of the Year and a Bisto Book of the Year. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick lives in Ireland with her husband, author-illustrator Michael Emberley.