PAN MACMILLAN (2018)
3+ (also suitable for younger kids)
I Am Bat
I find the story genuinely hilarious – like, stop reading because I'm giggling too much. It's a simple tale of a bat whose only plea is for no-one to steal their cherries, which they like very much. Spoiler: The cherries might get stolen.
The artwork is just fabulous – pop-bright colours, lovely touches of texture, and bold illustrations that are so expressive. Bat goes through a lot of emotions throughout this cherry saga – at various turns wary, grumpy, joyful and utterly, hopelessly bereft.
Oh, and by the way, don't think that you're beyond suspicion of cherry theft just because you're reading the book. Bat doesn't care about the fourth wall. Just cherries.