Megabat is the first book my daughter has forbidden me to review – she loved it so much she said she was the only one allowed to say anything about it!
Author: Anna Humphrey
Illustrator: Kass Reich
Source: Tundra Books for review
Description from Goodreads:
A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader.
Daniel Misumi has just moved to a new house. It’s big and old and far away from his friends and his life before. AND it’s haunted… or is it?
Megabat was just napping on a papaya one day when he was stuffed in a box and shipped halfway across the world. Now he’s living in an old house far from home, feeling sorry for himself and accidentally scaring the people who live there.
Daniel realizes it’s not a ghost in his new house. It’s a bat. And he can talk. And he’s actually kind of cute.
Megabat realizes that not every human wants to whack him with a broom. This one shares his smooshfruit.
Add some buttermelon, juice boxes, a light saber and a common enemy and you’ve got a new friendship in the making!
What I Thought:
We picked this book up from the post office and Evelyn (6) read it as we drove around town doing errands, and finished it up that evening instead of sleeping (like we thought she was doing!) Haha. She really loved it! So much so that she forbade me from reviewing it and has insisted on doing it herself.
What Evelyn Thought:
Well one time a boy saw a mysterious puddle and there was no roof leak, it was really a bat that was crying! He said that he was dripping but not crying, which was funny. He wanted buttermelon but it was actually watermelon, which ALSO was funny. He lived on a different island but the boy accidentally cut his wingtip a little bit so he couldn’t fly home. He was sad he couldn’t go home but he did like living with the boy.
The light saber was actually a juice box straw! He tried to take it away from the bat but the bat said no so the boy said that was okay. That part was funny.
The sad part of the book was when the bat couldn’t go home. He wanted to go home because his bat family was there. He didn’t sneak away from home, he was carried away by a lady.
The characters were kind of cute. I liked how they were illustrated because Megabat had a heart-shaped nose and that was really adorable.
It was a nice book. Also kind of sad. But I still liked it. It was a nice friendship between the boy and the bat. It was a good book, I think other people would like it too.
Megabat releases on August 7th, so keep an eye out for this heartwarming story!
And for interviews with the author and illustrator, check out this post!