Bat and the End of Everything, by Elana K. Arnold

Written by Elana K. Arnold, Illustrated by Charles Santoso

Bat is first introduced in A Boy Called Bat. His character is even more developed and lovable in this third book in the series. After becoming caretaker of a baby skunk whom he named Thor, Bat has become really attached to him. This book is the story of how he navigates the scary feelings of having to let him go when he is ready to be released into the wild. Changes seem to be happening all around Bat and he struggles to understand what they all mean. Yet, his open and honest questions help him find the answers he is looking for. I loved how Bat is portrayed. His character may be on the autism spectrum, yet that doesn’t make him hard to relate to at all. Loved this story!

Review by Merri Rygg, Truman Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 2-5

Bat and the End of Everything
Written by Elana K. Arnold, Illustrated by Charles Santoso
Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
184 pages
Release Date: March 26, 2019
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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