Going Batty by John Agard

Going Batty

Written by John Agard
Illustrated by Michael Broad

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Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Shona hates bats, horrid night-time beasties with their fluttery mouse-heads! To her they seem spooky and up to no good. But bats are part of her life whether she likes it or not. First one appears in her sitting-room disturbing her family’s cosy evening; then her teacher, who loves bats so much she has the Chinese symbol for bat as a tattoo, decides Shona’s class Hallowe’en assembly will be on the little creatures. The more she learns about them, the more Shona realises how lucky – serendipitous Miss Bates says – it was that bats moved into her house. John Agard cleverly mixes together natural history, myths about bats and Shona’s own family stories, and this charming little book teaches us that people, like bats, don’t fit the labels we give them. ~ Andrea Reece

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Going Batty by John Agard

A warm, charming and ever-so-slightly batty celebration of family love, inspiring teachers and the great characters who make all our lives more interesting. Featuring the same family as 2014's All Sorts to Make a World.

Shona likes most creatures in the world but for some reason she's terrified of bats, and so she's a bit concerned when her new teacher announces they're about to begin a bat project. But that's nothing to how she feels when a colony of the pesky flappers turn up in her own attic! Luckily Miss Bates turns out to be a bat expert and she's soon on the case.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

About the Author

John Agard

John Agard is a playwright, poet and children's writer from Guyana, who moved to the United Kingdom in 1977. He worked for the Commonwealth Institute from 1978 to 1985, travelling throughout the United Kingdom as a touring reader promoting the Caribbean culture to over 2000 schools. He currently resides in Lewes, near Brighton with his partner, the poet Grace Nichols. He became the first Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre in London and became Poet in Residence at the BBC in London as well. He has won a total of five awards for his works, including the Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry in 1997 and the Cholmondeley Award in 2004. John was Poet-in-Residence at the National Maritime Museum from August to November 2008.

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64 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th February 2016




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