Publisher's Note:  

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic?dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty year old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!

This volume: In Bats, we follow a little brown bat whose wing is injured by humans on a nature hike. He is taken to a bat rehabilitation center where he meets many different species of bats. They teach him how they fly, what they eat, and where they like to live.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by First Second Books

Science Comics: Bats: Learning to Fly

by Falynn Koch

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Who knew bats are so cool?! Publisher First Second adds another awesome book to their Science Comics series with Science Comics: Bats: Learning to Fly

With two to five full color panels on each page, illustrator Falynn Koch, engagingly exhibits a Little Brown Bat’s escapades. Facts are pleasingly integrated with the storyline when an accidental injury sends this Little Brown Bat to a rehabilitation center specializing in bat care. 

It’s here that the Little Brown Bat and reader meet different species of bats, learn where they come from, how they survive, and all the awesome things they can do, especially their helpful contributions to their local environment. 

Interesting facts located at the end of the novel, along with a glossary of terms and suggested reading to learn more about the subject of bats, help top off this fun and informative graphic novel. 

A great read, this engaging novel is perfect for elementary-aged to middle grade children keen on learning about different species of animals. 

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Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Mention of animals being predators; animal is swatted out of the air, resulting in injury; extended scene (about 2 pages) animal reports being attacked by another animal, resulting in injury; pictorial of an animal eating a large insect; mentions of animals hunting for food; report of an animal that drinks animal and human blood.

Sex/Nudity:  Report of animal attracting a mate; animal is portrayed as being attracted to another animal. 

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Reviewed By MaryLou
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