HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Whizzer Bat
Author: Gill Davies
Illustrator: Susi Adams
Publisher: Readers Digest, 1997
ISBN-13: 978-1857244441 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1857244443 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1575841670 (Board book)
ISBN-10: 1575841673 (Board book)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-6
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Davies, Gill. Whizzer Bat (published in 1997 by Readers Digest Children’s Books). As the only mammals capable of true flight, bats are fascinating creatures. Through the years, we have visited many caves and caverns with bats in them and also participated in some bat programs at nature centers. When our older son Mark was studying science in second grade homeschool, one of the featured animals was the bat. We liked to check out books from the library to accompany our boys’ studies of different subjects, not only non-fiction but also related fiction.
In this cute Little Spooky Window Book from Reader’s Digest, shaped in the outline of a bat, Whizzer Bat is a helpful bat who delivers spells for a witch by keeping them under his hat — but his hat keeps falling off! These spooky Halloween stories with see-through windows and foil acetate covers are intended to cast a powerful spell on young trick-or-treaters! Unfortunately, it no longer seems to be in print, but it was available both in a regular hardcover edition and as a board book.