Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
This is the second time in as many months that we’ve checked this title out from the library. Uproariously funny, Bats at the Beach is a total score for any kid who finds grossness the highest form of humor. The bats roast bug-mallows, munch on salted 'skeeters, and hit the snack shack for desert, where they are sure to find a few delicious moths fluttering about. “Eeeewww grody!” Silas will laugh, “And bats like to eat slugs too!”
The charm of this book extends beyond bugs-as-food jokes, however. The idea of bats flying off to the beach for a midnight picnic is so novel, and the rollicking rhymes so playful and upbeat, you can’t help but want to crash the bat’s party. They certainly know how to have a good time, from digging sand caves to sailing in the wing-boat races; although, if you're not keen on eating food with 6 legs, you may want to bring your own vittles.
Not only is this book on Silas’ current list of favorites, but due to our recent run-in with our own pair of bats, discovered when we began dismantling an out-building on our property, it is a timely choice as well.
Silas’ interest in bats was piqued by his close proximity to the real thing, and this book was actually a nice way to introduce the idea that bats are worthy of our respect. They eat bugs at enormous rates, after all, and although we are happy that our pair decided to move out of our shed so that demolition could continue, we are still hoping they haven’t gone far.
So, in honor of our little brown bats, and, in the hopes that beach season is right around the corner, I give you, our June BOTM.