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There was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days—he kept waking up and looking at the world. Before long he began to see things differently from the other bats who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes. The Bat-Poet is the story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way.With illustrations by Maurice Sendak, The Bat-Poet—a New York Times BeThere was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days—he kept waking up and looking at the world. Before long he began to see things differently from the other bats who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes. The Bat-Poet is the story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way.With illustrations by Maurice Sendak, The Bat-Poet—a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book selection—is a collection of the bat's own poems and the bat's own world: the owl who almost eats him; the mockingbird whose irritable genius almost overpowers him; the chipmunk who loves his poems, and the bats who can't make heads or tails of them; the cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, and sparrows who fly in and out of Randall Jarrell's funny, lovable, truthful fable....

Title : The Bat-Poet
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ISBN : 9780062050847
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 43 Pages
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The Bat-Poet Reviews

  • Miriam
    2019-02-20 20:32

    The little brown bat stays awake when the other bats sleep, and when the weather cools and they move to the barn he stays on the porch, listening to the mockingbird and wishing he could sing, too. He can't carry a tune, but he finds he can describe the world around him with words. Does that make him poet? And will anyone else want to hear his poems?

  • Kerri
    2019-03-15 03:16

    I had no idea this book existed until a week ago when I was ordering another copy of The Animal Family as a gift (also by Jarrell/Sendack and one of my favorite little books ever), and I saw this in the "related books" section. I ordered it immediately.It's another beautiful little treasure. The words are sweet and simple but beautiful, and the illustrations (closer to illuminations, really) are complex and atmospheric, but again, simple at the same time.The story is lovely, and really there are so many ways to relate to it. It actually struck me as a designer, and I saw a lot of similarities to the client/designer relationships in the way the little bat interacted with the subjects of his poetry.Lovely little book. All you mamas must get it for your children. Or,if you're just a grownup like me, get it for yourselves.

  • Mo
    2019-03-21 03:16

    Had I been aware of this book as a child, I think I would have carried it around like a teddy bear, hugging it and nibbling on the corners. I love the matter-of-fact, believable dialogue between the creatures. There's nothing cutesy or after-school-specially about the animals. They just have these great discussions about life and art that include the kind of yummy tidbits about animal behavior that I've always geeked out to. Maurice Sendak's black and white illustrations are magical. Even the small drawings of bats in some of page corners are remarkably expressive and alive.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-05 23:07

    Spot-on portrait of the effort of writing poetry, including even the worry of its uselessness -- or, at least, its lack of audience. The Bat-Poet's poems come in at the moment you need them to, and surprise you with which rules they follow and which they don't. Sweet!

  • Rosemary
    2019-02-21 04:23

    What a beautiful book. I will be returning to this more than once, both by myself and with my children.

  • Victoria
    2019-02-23 03:36

    I was snooping at the librarian's desk in the Children's Book Room when I spied a copy of this book, The Bat~Poet, with a sticky note on it. Randall Jarrell is a fantastic poet but also the author of my favorite children's book, Animal Family. So I asked if I could check it out and reluctantly, she handed it over but noted that it was water damaged and old and I should be careful.What a find! A sweet, lyrical book written by a poet, for poets and observers of the world (children!) all. For children, the message is appropriately about independence and the process of finding, and accepting, one's own way of looking at the world. And then sharing that back with community and family. But for writers, this book is a tidy and lovely ode to becoming a writer and the writing process. And this goes without saying with a 5-star review - the writing is excellent. As a final endorsement, this book made me think hard about my Top Five: was it better than "Animal Family"? I finally decided, no, it wasn't, but the fact that it made me pause and reconsider the standing of one favorite books of all time speaks to it caliber.The Animal FamilyRandall Jarrell

  • John Mccullough
    2019-03-17 20:25

    In "test-driving" a book for use with my grand-daughter I found this short, charming book and read it. In it, a young bat prefers to keep sleeping in the rafters of the house porch rather than transfer to the barn for the summer. In his isolation he takes to thinking of poetry to describe his world, writing poems for the animals that surround him. He writes poems for the chipmunk, the mockingbird and even for the bats.This is one of the children's books written by Southern poet and author Randall Jarrell and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Yes, THAT Maurice Sendak. Both the story and the illustrations are charming. If you have a grandchild of about age 4 or 5 this might be a good book to read on a cold, lonely night. It is 42 pages and attention spans are short for so long a tale, but it can be broken up ion segments if you read ahead a bit.

  • Masked
    2019-03-22 02:23

    i've read this a hundred times but got it out again because of something i overheard on the train. first of all, it's written by randall jarrell. then it's illustrated by maurice sendak. finally, and of course, it's for children. randall jarrell writes everything so pretty pretty pretty. but this story isn't like most kids books where the strange kid wins because everyone learns to appreciate his strangeness after a spate of cruelty and misunderstanding. this story breaks my heart because the little bat hero finds his voice and knows he's different but in the end goes back to doing what all the other bats do. he stops saying his little bat poems and goes to sleep. oh, little bat! no! at the end you'll feel stupid getting so worked up over an imaginary bat who says poems. but you won't really have any choice. damn you, randall jarrell!

  • Johnny Trash
    2019-02-24 03:16

    A children's book, illustrated by Maurice Sendak and written in 1963, it's a charming little story of a bat who learns to create poetry by imitating the mockingbird. Of course, the other bats don't really get it so he looks for another audience and has dreams of actually sharing his poetry with his mentor, the mockingbird.

  • Catherine Hart
    2019-02-24 22:26

    This is my absolute favourite book from my childhood. The Bat Poet is a beautiful Plato's-cave-like allegory about art's role in opening us up to new perspectives, if only we're willing to open our eyes.

  • Gerry LaFemina
    2019-02-21 20:26

    I did not know Randall Jarrell wrote a children's book, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, about the hardships of being a poet. The Bat-Poet is a delight, and not just for poets and their children (but it's sure to be loved by them).

  • Matt Evans
    2019-03-22 23:36

    Watch the Bat-Poet learn about poetry, write his own (middling) poems, and eventually become a master bat-poet. This is a fun, charming, lovely book.

  • Jacquie
    2019-03-06 21:18

    I read this every October to my students. It is such a inspiration for them to be an individual, to create lovely images with words, to be outdoors as look and see.

  • Lara
    2019-03-08 21:30

    A wonderful introduction to poetry for young people. Sweet and sophisticated.

  • Adrienne Harling
    2019-02-28 01:35

    An exceptional read. A fabulous choice for introducing poetry to children.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-07 01:30

    The illustrations are black and white ink drawings. The mockingbird looks like a mockingbird and the bats look like actual bats and the owl is dangerous and quiet like an owl and the chipmunk looks like a chipmunk and the look and movement of the animals is extremely expressive. The trees are gnarled and many-branched and beautiful. And it is very encouraging to see the progress of the little brown bat's poetic ability as the book goes along (the poems throb with the feeling of the forest). One of the all time greats right here.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-28 01:11

    What a sweet little book. I hadn’t known about this little gem, but I highly recommend it. As a writer, I can relate. :)

  • Alycia Kelly
    2019-03-04 03:32

    Awwww! Seriously, what a cute book. This was such a fun read, that I recommend all young children have read to them.

  • Hilary
    2019-03-21 02:21

    Not really for children? but for the adult sharing it with a child?

  • Diane Gurman
    2019-03-21 21:11

    Nice children's book about writing poems and animals' lives.

  • Hans Ostrom
    2019-03-14 04:10

    A charming book, nicely illustrated.

  • Julia
    2019-03-01 04:11

    The summary of the book is almost a bit off-balance since there weren't that much other birds fluttering around but the book was cute with the characters that were in it while catching the beauty of a natural world we don't take the time to stop and think about the way of its other inhabitants. I wouldn't suggest the book to young children since some of the words and concepts would go over their heads even though they would love the pictures. Instead this would be a good for a bit older audience, especially those who are learning poetry for the first time. The story covers the fact there is a colony of bats who roost on the roof of the porch. One day the rest of the bats get a wish to retire to an old barn while this little bat the color of coffee with cream just doesn't understand why. Instead of following the others he chooses to stay where home is for him. By not following the others of his kind he finds himself wanting to explore an unknown world that is full of beauty although also not making sense to him. And the little brown bat is also trying to find his place and a way of explaining himself to others. This is definitely one of those good coming-of-age stories.

  • Cath Van
    2019-03-21 03:33

    Don't forget to look up every now and then, on returning home in daylight. In spring or summer that is. A bat might be hanging upside down on your porch. A whole family of bats might be hanging upside down soundly asleep, cosy snuggled together. Not in winter though, they hibernate in your the barn then, you see. Also not in the dark, when they are hunting for their daily meal of insects. This I learned from Randall Jarrell. I wasn't aware before, I did know so little about bats. Jarrell's was a young bat not wanting to sleep during the day. A young bat hunting for sensations, impressions, vibrations of the heart, as he wants to be a poet. And he becomes one. A good one too. And after that he goes to sleep. Because it's winter and bats do sleep then. This treasure of a story comes highly recommended for adult children too.

  • Amy
    2019-02-27 22:25

    My father read this book to me over 40 years ago, and, once I found a copy, I read it to my four boys when they were young. It's a little bit magical, and a little bit "everyday"--a story of a bat who stays awake during the day and discovers another whole world to experience and composes poetry about it. Sadly,he never finds an appreciative audience for his poetry, and the book ends with him getting sleepy and going into hibernation, but I always felt hopeful that he would keep composing and reciting poetry when he woke up the next spring. This was a wonderful introduction to poetry and individuality for me and my children, and would be for any elementary-aged child.

  • Hairee
    2019-03-19 04:09

    It's like magic. By that I mean, you see it the rules of reality being defied and you know it can't be real, but it is real. It's seems to be a simple children's story of talking animals, but it's not simple and it's not for children at all. It's A and not A. Is there an idea more familiar and challenging to grownups than the contradictions of life? I'm still not sure what it's about. And there's the other familiar and challenging aspect of life: ambiguity, acceptance of the unknown, especially the ending of things.

  • Loraine
    2019-02-26 02:14

    Awwww! And then more seriously, what a wonderful book, one that introduces some of the mechanics of writing poetry, the angst of a poet, the wonders of the natural world. And all of it seen through the eyes of a little brown bat, who follows his own muse and writes poems describing his neighbors--chipmunks, mockingbirds, blue jays, chickadees. That is, until hibernation lures him back to his family.And the illustrations by Maurice Sendak are mesmerizing!

  • Colin
    2019-02-21 20:31

    Quite lovely. Event if you're one of those awful people who won't read children's books ever, you should really make the effort and crack this one. The drawings alone are worth it, and I love the poems, and the cast of woodland creatures all struggling to understand what the little bat is talking about.

  • Angela
    2019-02-25 02:28

    The Bat-Poet is a charming little book. So much so that I was tempted to use the phrase "filled with wonder." Great exploration of the elements of poetry and how words evoke feeling. And techniques poets use - rhyme, rhythm, beat... I would use the poems as inspiration for children's own animal poems. Or say them with actions. All good fun!

  • Angela
    2019-03-11 21:15

    I love bats and wish people would stop instilling irrational fear of them in each new generation. They are such cool creatures and they eat like a billion skeeters. This is a cute story and may help kids feel a little more sympathy toward bats....with illustrations by one of my all time favs (Maurice Sendak).

  • Ellice
    2019-03-07 03:12

    A wonderful book about a bat who fancies himself a poet, by the real and brilliant poet Randall Jarrell. The bat's poems, and his successes and failures in sharing them with other animals make for a great kid's book, with even better illustrations by Maurice Sendak. A marvelous way to introduce young children to the idea of poetry.