Written and illustrated by Brian Lies, the book describes the adventures of a band of bats that are lucky enough to discover that a window at the local public library has been left ajar. They fly in and explore the many books and adventures that open to them through the world of reading. From riding on the backs of charging stallions to pulling a magical sword out of a stone, the bats do it all.
They don't just stop at the books, though. These playful bats also have fun at the copy machine and water fountain, making a bit of mess and misbehaving like one might expect a gang of bats to do!
The illustrations are very skillfully executed, with stunning detail and a charming, imaginative quality that invites the reader right into the pages of the book. The bats are drawn fairly realistically, despite the impossible things they do throughout the story. The tones are generally dark, enhancing the cozy, close-up feel of Brian Lies art.
Brian Lies is an award-winning author and illustrator, and his earlier title Bats at the Beach was a New York Times bestseller. Bats at the Library was published in 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Company, and although it's a few years old, it's still well worth a look.