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Reviewed by Keyla Damaer for Readers' Favorite
As my first time as an adult reader of a children's book, I greatly enjoyed this story by Jonathan Walker. The Bat Cave tells the story of little Jack, a young bat living with his family: mother, father, and George, Jack’s little brother. Jack, grown up enough, goes out with his father and learns how to live outside the cave, while his mother and little George stay home. Arthur — Jack and George’s dad — teaches Jack how to hunt and prepares his son for a future in the wild and on his own, and Jack enjoys the experiences with his father. I believe children will find the easy reading of this light story entertaining and interesting, where even the sad concept of death is addressed in a delicate way.
The Bat Cave by Jonathan Walker is an insightful illustrated tale for children about the feared and hated bats. It explains, though, that there’s no reason to feel that way about these perhaps ugly but harmless beasts. Specifically, this story is about the Greater Horseshoe bats, an endangered species that lives in caves or dark, smelly and damp places typical of England and Wales. They eat dung beetles that live in cow poo. The story seems compelling for children, but I found interesting as an adult as well. The illustrations of Italian artist Rosaria Costa are so evocative, and their quality reminds me of a children's books about faeries I loaned from my favorite library; a perfect quality for a children's book.