I am going to say, “Just read any of the First Second Science Comics. I don’t need to tell you about them, just do it! They are great. And not just me recommends them, but every kid I have talked to/hear about reading them agrees.” But I do have to write 250 words about Science Comics: Bats: Learning to Fly by Falynn Koch. So, here it goes!
When I read nonfiction, especially something science based, my first thought is, “How much have things changed since publication?” But since this book is about the how and what bats fly, eat and sleep, that has not changed much. There might be a few small details (the number of bats in an area, maybe a tourist area has been affected by a storm or current events) but overall, this around 3-year-old book seems updated.
Koch created a fun story about bats first. Their story is told by the bats themselves. They speak of what they do, see, eat in the wild and while they are being treated for their injuries. Koch uses both facts and fiction (the fiction being that bats of different species communicate in English words and bats have hearts when crushing on another bat come from their eyes) to show the world of bats.
There are mostly realistic images (as they are cute and at least one bat is an odd color that I do not think is natural). But scientific images are used as well. These are set in a side box, on the bottom, side or top of the page and the story has their own panels). All images are drawn and simple, but not simplistic. They cover basics without being overwhelming to the targeted age of (strong) 8 to about (younger) 12. But adults can enjoy as well (I learned as I was entertained). Everything from myths being debunked to white-nose syndrome is covered. This is a great introduction to bats and would be great for the classroom or the curious child who likes animals, might fear bats (hello, vampire bat anyone? And this is touched on, but not overly explored and tastefully done) or perhaps you have a bat in your belfry.