Batty by Sarah Dyer


Written by Sarah Dyer

3+ readers   

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A touching story about what it feels like to be an outsider and how you can make friends. Batty longs to have fun with some of the other animals in the Zoo. He tries to join in but, splashing in the penguin pool is far too cold, sunbathing with the lions hurts his eyes and, although the birds in the Tropical aviary are very beautiful, the noise they make hurts Batty’s ears. Sadly, Batty learns to accept himself for what he is only to discover that some of the animals want to be like him! An entertaining look about fitting in.


Batty by Sarah Dyer

Batty's efforts to impress visitors at the zoo fail, but he is determined to be popular like the other animals. First he goes to the penguin pool but the water is cold and he doesn't like fish. Then he tries the gorilla enclosure but he doesn't have any fleas for the gorillas to pick off him. He tries to laze in the sun with the lions but its far too bright for his sensitive eyes. When eventually he returns to his bat cave he finds that everyone else is trying to be like him, hanging upside down. This clever and witty story is brought to life with Batty's upside down view of his surroundings, involving the reader in turning the book upside down with him. With its warm-hearted theme it is sure to delight readers young and old.


Suffused with humour... A warm-hearted, humorous exploration of acceptance that used the form of the picture book to full effect and shows different ways of looking at the world. Bookseller A touching story about what it feels like to be an outsider and how you can make friends...An entertaining look about fitting in. Lovereading Sarah Dyer's sweet tale shakes off the spooky associations, portraying an adorable and endearingly insecure fella who's desperate for a little attention. In the zoo where he lives, it's always the 'wow

... In a novel twist, the illustrations alternate between being topsy-turvy abd the right way up. All those changing perspectives make for some dizzying, page-flipping fun. And savvy, eagle-eyed readers will soon pick up another narrative unfolding in the background... Junior Sarah Dyer's humorously distinctive pencil and pastel illustrations show much of the action from Batty's upside down perspective so birds appear to perch on the underside of branches, lions to snooze on the underside of ceilings and penguins to plunge upwards into their pool. Signs notices and bird calls provide added wit and interest to the quirky pictures which themselves require a degree of sophistication to interpretation. Books for Keeps The charm of this picture book lies in the lively and detailed illustrations, some of them printed upside down to show Batty's view of the world. It is a book to be looked at together as children will enjoy turning it around to study the pictures the other way up. School Librarian All great fun. Carousel This brilliant book teaches you how to look at the world from a bat's point of view. Don't waste time hanging around - go out and read this book! Gabrielle Carey (aged 10) Ibby Link

About the Author

Sarah Dyer
Sarah Dyer was born in Brighton in 1978. She studied her A levels at Bhasvic sixth form and then went on to do a Foundation course at Brighton BTEC. She has always lived near the sea until recently when she moved up to London to study a BA in Illustration at Kingston University where she obtained a 2:1 and loved every part of it. Her first book Five Little Fiends started as a project in the second year of University. She always tries to get the chance to get back home to see her family and friends still living in and around Brighton.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 3-6


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

3rd February 2011




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