A Boy Called Bat

Written by Elena K. Arnold, Illustrated by Charles Santoso

Bixby Alexander Tam, also known as Bat, has autism and loves animals. He loves that his mom is a vet, loves his class pet, loves reading about animals, and loves that his mom brings home an orphaned baby skunk. Bat instantly falls in love with the kit but is saddened to hear that his mom is going to call a wild animal rescue center in a month to take over the care of the skunk. Bat is determined to show his mom that he can be a responsible pet caretaker and hopefully get to keep the kit for longer.

This story is really sweet and it slowly introduces some of the challenges that those with autism face. I loved that the author chose an animal that most people shy away from and didn’t over complicate the story.

Review by Allyson Rolfe, Granger El Media Center
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-5

A Boy Called Bat
Written by Elena K. Arnold, Illustrated by Charles Santoso
Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
198 pages
Release Date: March 14, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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