Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night

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Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night

By Rob Laidlaw
Juvenile Nonfiction Ages 8-12
ISBN: 978-1-77278-039-0
List Price: $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
HC with dust jacket, center-gatefold & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 22.86 x 25.4 cm / 9 x 10 in
Pages: 48

Publication Date: March 16, 2018

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

An innovative full-colour work about bats’ biology, habits, and history, and the bat conservation efforts of young people around the world

From the award-winning author of No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs and Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends comes an inspiring book about bats, their importance to a wide range of ecosystems, and the young “bat citizens” who are engaged in conservation efforts around the world.

In Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night, celebrated animal activist and biologist Rob Laidlaw sheds light on these famously shadowy mammals, from their habits and habitats to their importance for maintaining biodiversity. Bat biology is explored alongside human-bat relations, with facts to fascinate even the most savvy reader. Spotlight features on “Bat Citizens” make this an empowering book for children seeking their own expressions of global citizenship. With informational sidebars, colour photographs, a glossary and index, and a labeled center-gatefold bat illustration, Bat Citizens is a book that will both instruct and inspire.

Reviews:
“While those already entranced by these singular creatures of the night will be inspired anew, the succinct, well-researched text and interactive format—including a center gatefold of a life-size hoary bat—is sure to recruit a fresh legion of bat lovers, too. Bat citizens unite.”—Booklist

“[An] extensive introduction to the world of bats…Laidlaw debunks myths such as bats are blind and discusses threats to their survival…Particularly interesting are 10 profiles of ‘bat citizens’ from around the world who are helping conservations efforts…VERDICT Even readers who don’t actively engage in citizen science projects should gain a new appreciation of bats through this engaging overview. A good choice for most school and public library collections.”—School Library Journal

“Chock-full of bat facts and photographs, this nonfiction book for young readers makes the case for bat conservation, including challenges that face the species and possible solutions….The backmatter includes a nice section on practical ways to help…Look to this eye-catching book to be convinced of the wonders of the bat and how they are deserving of protection.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Because bats are a favorite topic for many young readers, there’s always room in the marketplace for another book, especially one that is comprehensive, based on the latest data, and written in an appealing, kid friendly style….The orderly layout of the book will engage readers and leave a strong impression….An exciting surprise awaits mid book: a huge foldout diagram of a Hoary Bat with key body parts labelled. The same poster graces the reverse of the cover….This is a most visually appealing book! Bat Citizens’ contents should readily satisfy the bat curious. Highly Recommended.—CM Magazine

“One of the ways that Rob protects animals and empowers others is by producing excellent information-packed books. Bat Citizens combines an impressive amount of research…Each chapter’s easy to read text is enhanced by colourful photographs, and side bars with catchy titles like ‘Batty Ideas’ and ‘Bat Facts’….This book is highly recommended for both school and public libraries.”—Resource Links

“[A]n inspiring book…”—Ingram Children’s Advance

“This jam-packed book of facts and fanatics is enjoyable for bat lovers and the uninitiated.”—Quill & Quire

“[A]n amazing book with lots of information, pictures and stories….The book offers bat facts as well as stories about members of the Bat Squad, kids who are doing their part to help bats. I think those stories were one of my favourite parts of this book.”—Book Time

“[A] great way for kids to learn more about bats and the different species that exist…This will make a great addition to public and school libraries, and, hopefully, engage more young people in defending bats and their environment.”—Canadian Bookworm