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I Am Bat

Written by Morag Hood

Illustrated by Morag Hood

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I Am Bat Review

Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers Funny

Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 2019 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017

This must be one of the brightest and best picture books of the year. With minimalist illustrations – simple shapes against blocks of Day-Glo colour – and short lines of text, Morag Hood tells a story that will dazzle and entertain all readers. Cherries, Bat tells us, ‘are my favourite things’, following this up with a fiercely delivered threat: ‘Do not take my cherries.’ In later pages though we see the cherries being stolen. Bat is inconsolable until one of the thieves leaves a pear in their place. Bat’s emotions – joy, anger, confusion, despair, surprise and joy again – are rendered brilliantly in the tilt of an eyebrow and the angle of the head while the intensity of those emotions will be hilarious yet recognisable to child and parent alike. Superb!

Andrea Reece

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I Am Bat Synopsis

The perfect funny book for Halloween! Bat's cherries keep going missing. One by one, they are whisked away by mischievous animal tricksters behind Bat's back. Will the cherries ever be restored to their rightful owner? In the hilarious I Am Bat, super-talent Morag Hood cleverly draws the reader into the story as Bat attempts to track down the guilty cherry thief. Everyone's a suspect - including you! This eye-poppingly colourful, comic book is an instant winner with children and adults alike. The adorably grumpy Bat is quite irresistible.

I Am Bat Press Reviews

Children will love this simple story and adults will appreciate Hood's unique illustrative style and wry sense of humour  The School Librarian

This brilliantly funny book captures the fickleness and changing whims of childhood    Booktrust

Bat is an irresistible character, destined to be loved by all

Quirky, colourful and joyously entertaining    Lancashire Post

This must be one of the brightest and best picture books of the year   Lovereading4Kids

Definitely a story to cuddle up and share    Parentsintouch

A simple, charming story    South Wales Evening Post

Simply and beautifully done, this story made me laugh out loud, and is quite joyous to read    The Bookbag

It will give toddlers a happy Halloween   Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9781509834624
Publication date: 06/09/2018
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781509834617
Publication date: 21/09/2017
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509834624
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: Morag Hood
Illustrator: Morag Hood
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Funny

About Morag Hood

Morag Hood has a unique voice. Her idiosyncratic, wry humour permeates everything she does, creating books of style and irresistible charm. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea was a runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration, marking a glorious picture book debut. Morag spent her childhood writing stories, painting, and dreaming of having a pet duck. Following a degree in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Art, and an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, Morag returned to live in her native Edinburgh with her husband. She still likes making stories, printing, cutting and sticking, ...

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