A Boy Called Bat

A Boy Called Bat

eBook - 2017
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When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has austim, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062445841
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (198 pages) : illustrations
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Additional Contributors: Santoso, Charles - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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jcljessicaj Apr 23, 2020

The start of an early chapter book series featuring a main character on the autism spectrum. A fun and relatable read about really, really, really wanting to keep that pet.

OPL_KIDS Apr 15, 2020

This book is told from the point of view of Bat, who is autistic, though the story never explicitly states this. There are more books than ever that feature children on the spectrum, but they usually position the allistic (not on the spectrum) sibling as the protagonist. Arnold does a good job overall at showing Bat’s thought processes, habits, and challenges in a way that feels genuine to autistic experiences. Bat’s special interest is animals, and he frequently shows off his dedication to the subject (though sometimes at inappropriate moments). We get to see him work through real situations that can be difficult for people on the autism spectrum in a way that’s positive, constructive, and believable. Though the “kid enacts scheme to convince parents to let them buy/keep an animal” plot line isn’t new, actually following Bat along to mom’s veterinary clinic and caring for the skunk kit—dubbed Thor—throughout the day makes it more interesting. Arnold takes care to reiterate that little Thor will ultimately need to be returned to the wild. That said, it’s Bat’s relationships with his teachers, family, classmates, and friends at the clinic that really sell the story.

Reviewed by Miss Kristen

Jan 08, 2019

I liked this book. It was a good read. I liked Bat. And I liked that the animal he fell in love with was unusual (instead of a kitten or a guinea pig). I would be curious to know if he lost interest in the skunk when it stopped being a baby. I do not understand why parents in books always (without fail) give in.

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Aug 20, 2020

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May 26, 2019

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Apr 25, 2018

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