Tuesday, February 26, 2008

11. Hello, Bumblebee Bat

by Darrin Lunde,
illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne

This is a 2008 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award honor book--according to the American Library Association website, “given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year…recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.”

Hello, Bumblebee Bat offers nine questions and answers about this inch-long bat’s environment and habits. Lunde’s repetitive question format, starting with the alliterative “bumblebee bat,” is reminiscent of Bill Martin’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and is appropriate for early readers. Wynne’s watercolor, ink, and colored pencil illustrations of this pig-nosed endangered Thai bat fill the right side of the double-paged spreads. Sometimes a frightening creature to small children, the bats in these drawings often appear to be smiling. The book’s patterns would make it a great read-aloud for younger children.

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