Book review: Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel, by Paul Meisel

Meisel, Paul. Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel. Boyds Mills Press, 2016. $16.95. ISBN 9781629794952. 40 pages. Ages 4-8. P7 Q8

Bat needs a home. He asks several animals but none of them have room for him. He spots a home that he thinks looks perfect. Squirrel wakes up and finds Bat in her home. Squirrel leaves a note for Bat to leave. Bat misunderstands the letter, responds kindly and sets off for the day. Several exchanges of squirrel leaving unkind notes for Bat and Bat misunderstanding the note, then responding kindly and doing kind deeds for squirrel. By the end of the story, squirrel realizes how kind Bat is and starts to miss him. Squirrel invites Bat to live with him.

Verdict: This is a fun book that shows the innocence of Bat, not realizing he is bothering Squirrel by living with him. It is a good book that shows friendship between the two animals. I recommend this book for elementary libraries.

December 2016 review by Tami Harris.


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