Bats at the Ballgame

Bats at the Ballgame 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

  • Title: Bats at the Ballgame
  • Author: Brian Lies
  • ISBN: 9780547249704
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 batHurry 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.

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    About “Brian Lies

    • Brian Lies

      I was born in 1963 in Princeton, New Jersey, which back then was a quiet college town, surrounded by old farmland slowly giving way to housing developments I spent a lot of time building dams and forts in the woods across the street with my best friend, inventing things, and writing and drawing with my older sister At various times during my childhood, we had newts, gerbils and rabbits as pets When I was in fifth grade, an author and illustrator visited my school, and I was amazed that one could have a job writing and drawing I wished it could be my job But I didn t think I was good enough at either writing or drawing to even try.I had always liked to draw, though, and kept doing it just for fun During high school, I also painted with oil paints and made stained glass windows I actually sold some, too my first taste of self employment I went to Brown University after high school, where I studied Psychology and British and American Literature I began to think about what I really wanted to do for a career, and what I really wanted was something that involved art So after graduation from college in 1985, I moved to Boston to study drawing and painting at the Boston Museum School also known as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.At the Museum School, I started getting paintings in exhibitions and won a few prizes, and then was able to get political illustrations published in the Christian Science Monitor and the Boston Globe.Suddenly I had a career as an editorial and political illustrator, working with a lot of magazines and newspapers In 1989, I illustrated my first book, Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye, with Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston.Since then, I ve illustrated some twenty books, including my newest one, Bats at the Library, which I also wrote My other three written and illustrated books to date are the New York Times bestseller, Bats at the Beach, Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite, and Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle.I also get lots of work published in Cricket, Spider, Ladybug and Babybug magazines, and I enjoy visiting schools to work with students on writing and illustrating stories.I live in a seaside town in Massachusetts with my wife, my daughter, two cats and a hamster My hobbies are bicycling, woodworking, and tending a big vegetable garden behind the house I m very interested in old fashioned food preparation, too, and sometimes make my own cheese, kimchi and other things including a drink called switchel, which I kind of liked but which everybody else in my family thought was nasty.I also read a lot, which I think is important it keeps my imagination going, and leaves me feeling much relaxed than television does

    145 thoughts on “Bats at the Ballgame

    • I'm not that interested in baseball. This is a cute book about two baseball teams (made up of bats!) play a night game against each other.“Get it going! Throw a strike!”We flap and howl and frown.The seventh-inning stretch arrivesat last, to cool us down. We shake our feet and raise our wings.In voices high and strong,together, all the fans belt outthe famous bat-ball song.Then back at bat, our batters swing,but can't gain any ground.There doesn't seem to be a way to turn this game around!ii [...]


    • Although I collect illustrated children's books, this is the first Bats At book I purchased. Intrigued by the artwork and the simple concept of bats playing the American pastime, I did enjoy the obvious devotion to the concept.In our dreams, that perfect green,our refuge from the drab routineof headlong flutter, flurried flightuntil another baseball night.The pictures are fun, especially when grandpa bat starts reminiscing about the great bat players. Yes, there is a Lou Gehrig bat standing at t [...]


    • This is a worthy book in the Bats series and the third “Bats at the…” book that I’ve read. I love baseball so this one was really fun for me to read. I particularly enjoyed the Bat’s version of the famous “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” song, though it wasn’t shown in its entirety. Fine, rhyming story. Marvelous illustrations. I like bats but even those who are fearful of them or repulsed by them might very well enjoy this/these books.


    • Do you like bats? Do you like baseball? Well, even if you don't, you're sure to like this book! Brian Lies DEFINITELY likes bats, since this is his third VERY COOL bat book. He also DEFINITELY likes baseball, and it comes through loud and clear. I'm not a huge baseball fan, but reading this makes me feel a bit of nostalgia for the golden days of baseball. I would love to see a game like this - especially if it were bats playing! Only the refreshments such as Cricket Jack and Mothdogs don't reall [...]


    • I really like the previous two Bat books by Brian Lies. And I have a soft spot for books about baseball. for some reason, the subject brings out a poetic and nostalgic warmth that other topics don't elicit from the same writers. Lies got all that, and some very amusing little jokes in, as well. "Cricket Jack" amused both the PandaBat and me.


    • In our house, we love baseball and we love bats - so what could be better than a book about baseball-playing bats?? Not much!The story of a grandpa bat taking his grandbat to a ball game is sweet and funny by itself, but the illustrations here make the whole book - the little bat with his "mothdog", the old-timey memories of the grandpa, the emotional reaction of the bat crowd to the game - it was all wonderful. One of the best books I've read for awhile. Very much recommended.


    • L and I went to the library the other day and after she picked out her books we picked out a few books we thought her big brother would enjoy. I grabbed this off the shelf because a) my son is very interested in baseball at the moment and b) I thought the bats would be fun since it's almost Halloween. When my son (4.5) picked this up and started paging through it, the first thing he said was, "I think bats are creepy" He sounded a little tearful, but I told him, "They're baseball teamer* bats! L [...]






    • Night is falling and the air crackles with excitement. It’s time for the annual bat baseball game! For years this bat team has been defeated by the same rival team, but this year will be different. The grounds crew preps the ground and the national anthem is sung. Soon the game is in full swing, but the innings pass and the score remains at 0-0. Will the bat's team win or will they be beaten once again by their rivals? Grab a mothdog and some Cricket Jacks and find out!Lies’ rhyming text and [...]


    • A moderately successful storytime selection, Bats at the Ballgame is another children's book that I think I enjoyed more than the kids did. The painted illustrations are amazingly skillful and luminous and the brilliant character design for the bats somehow makes them simultaneously super realistic and super cuddly. It's not often that a top-notch artist also excels at writing, but Lies verse narrative is lively and dramatic, with great turns of phrase and inventive yet accessible language. I al [...]


    • 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 comp [...]


    • This is a cute story where rhyme is used to tell about a baseball game with bats. It is nominated for a California Young Reader Medal for 2013. The story is easy to read aloud and has some great humorous moments. I fear that some of the humor might be over the heads of some of its intended audience. I found that my older students, age 10 and up, were able to laugh along more than the younger ones. There were several times where I had to explain why something is funny for the primary students. It [...]


    • After reading Bats at the Library I sought out the other "Bats at" books. This one is as much fun and as beautifully illustrated as the first. Once again, it's not meant for the very young. There are a lot of amusing details in the illustrations that a young child would miss - a "batly" take on the old song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" becomes "Hang me up in the rafters," for instance. Also amusing were the bat raking the pitcher's mound with a fork and two bats rolling the foul lines with powd [...]


    • 3.5 if I could. Endearing illustrations with wonderful, funny realistic details (if I can call bats playing baseball "realistic"?). See the bats raking the field with forks, and making the baselines with powdered sugar, for example. And don't miss the edited concessions sign, featuring "garlic flies" and "gnatwurst." The tale of this secret night game is told in rhyme, with extra points to Lies for getting meter right. (Verse with bad meter is a pet peeve of mine.) It feels a bit long for its ta [...]


    • This is a fun book that exposes children to the excitement of going out to a ballgame--but in this case it's a parallel world of "bat ball". Still, there's the crackling energy of the crowd in the stands, the call of the food vendors, the tension at home plate, and the exhilaration of your home team winning. I liked that it teaches children some of the basics of baseball, through a charming and engaging story. My daughter was pulled right in. And the illustrations are gorgeous. They are richly d [...]


    • I love Lies' "Bat" books. The writing has a flow to it that is very soothing to the reader. It is so great for children to imagine this world that comes alive while they're sleeping. They aren't sure if they should believe it or not since that bats all go home when the world starts to wake up. Children can also relate to the experiences the bats have because they are doing human things and expressing emotions children are familiar with. The subtle changes the author makes to the "bat world" are [...]


    • I really enjoyed the overall concept of this book, the author took an animal that most don't find appealing and turned it into something fun and relatable. This story would be great for boys, and especially kids that love baseball. You could incorporate this story into a history of America and how one of the greatest love sports in this country is baseball. There were rhyming words and colors that you could go over with children.


    • This is a fun fiction book about bats playing baseball. There are some non-fiction elements within the story, for example, the bats have to wait until nighttime to go out and play, and the umpires don't stand on the field, they hang from above upside down. Great book for read-aloud. The first graders I read it to loved it. They already had a lot of schema for bats as that is what they are working on at this time.


    • Since it is October, the boys of summer are starting to wrap of their year, and seasonal decorations often include bats, so this book with it's bat baseball players is perfect. The little ones will love the rhyming, and older poets might compare the parts of story line to "Casey at the Bat." Acrylic was used to create the artwork. Of note is the message on the back cover that a portion of the proceeds from the book goes to Bat Conservation International.


    • Saw this one at the bookfair, too.LOOOOOOOVE his illustrations. I like the stories well enough (this is a must have for a baseball fan). I think my favorite one will of course be Bats at the Library but that doesn't mean this one isn't fun.Favorite scene possibly the bat food vendors.


    • "Bats at the Ballgame" is an imaginative story about one of the things that bats do at night while everyone else is sleeping. Of course, one of the things bats do is go to a baseball game to watch the other bats play! This is a great book that children who love animals, like bats, or love sports will enjoy reading. Publication Date: 2010Age/Grade level: Kindergarten to 2nd gradeFormat: Print Book


    • Just realized I'd never rated this one. We have all three of his bat books. Bats at the Beach is by far our favorite - but the others are cute. Love some of the little details here, especially the concessions. I am not a huge baseball fan and Bea doesn't really understand the game - so the details of this story are a bit lost on her Illustrations are insanely good though, as always.


    • Bats playing baseball. Hmmm. Okay. I can't tell if I was bored by the poetry or because I hate baseball. I'm giving it an extra star because the illustrations were well done. Also it was annoying to have to turn the book upside down every other page so my three year old could see the bats right side up.


    • Title: Bats at the BallgameAuthor/Illustrator: Brian LiesPublisher: Houghton Muffin Books for ChildrenDate: September 6, 2010Genre: fictionWonderful use of rhyming text and imagery. Draws in audience. Mainly for boys in the classroom, but can be for both genders. Beautiful double page spreads artwork. Very relatable for young children.


    • My wife bought this one for our grandaughter, and it's a lot of fun! The illustrations are stunning, and the story is funny and entertaining. As a life-long Yankees fan I couldn't approve of a couple of the nods to Boston but, seriously, I believe that it would make a great gift for younger kids.


    • This is a fun, fun book. The illustrations are great, and even though it's written in rhyme, it still captures some of the excitement of the game. In fact, this book may even be MORE exciting than a real baseball game. Brilliant!Your kids will love this book, whether or not they love baseball.(Once a month I read picture books to a 2nd grade class. This one made the cut.)


    • This is such a fun little book for all ages. The bats go to their local baseball field and use powered sugar to make the lines, packs of sugar for the bases, and serve mothdaogs and cricket jacks. The illustrations are fabulous and very vibrant. It's a heart stopper to see who wins the game. When the sun starts to come up, they pack up and go home. Very cute, especially if you like bats!


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