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The Bat
By (author): Elise Gravel
9780735266483 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Nocturnal Feb 04, 2020
$12.99 CAD
Active 6.25 x 8.5 x 0.39 in 32 pages FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT Tundra Books
Hilarious illustrated nonfiction about bats perfect for beginning readers. Conversational text and silly illustrations will have you up all night reading about the only flying mammal on Earth!

Fast bat facts:

Distinctive trait: The only flying mammal

Diet: Insects, fruit and even animal blood

Special talent: Sleeping upside down

The Bat covers habitat (bats live everywhere except Antarctica!), species (there are over 1,200 kinds of bats), echolocation, hibernation (bats hibernate just like bears!), conservation (don’t disturb a sleeping bat!) and much more. Although silly and off-the-wall, The Bat contains factual information that will both amuse and teach at the same time.

Series Overview: Each book in the Disgusting Critters series is a clever and very funny look at a particular insect or animal (fly, worm, slug, toad, head lice, rat, spider, bat and cockroach). The off-the-wall humor and fun, strangely adorable graphic approach by a Governor General’s Award - winning illustrator set this series apart from traditional non-fiction treatments.

HUMOR: Funny, cute, graphic-style art with easily digestible non-fiction content.

HUGE KID APPEAL: Kids love the gross and disgusting!

UNIQUE SERIES: There are 7 previously published titles (list on back) available in hardcover and trade paperback—collect them all! The books don’t need to be read in order, making this a flexible series.

DYNAMIC AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Award-winning author-illustrator whose profile continues to rise.

PERFECT FOR BEGINNING READERS: Easy-to-read text is ideal for newly independent readers.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Life science, animals, language arts, early reading.

ELISE GRAVEL is an award-winning author-illustrator from Quebec. She has won a Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration in French, and is well known for her original, wacky picture books and graphic novels. After completing her studies in graphic design, Elise found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Her old design habits drive her to work a little text here and there into her drawings and she loves to handle the design of her assignments from start to finish. She is inspired by social causes and likes projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity.

Author Residence: Montreal, Quebec

Author Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Marketing: Pre-pub

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Trade advertising with contest element

NCTE 2019 contest & promotion

Deluxe sell-in packages available for major account previews

At Pub

Series shelf-talker available

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Bookworm tote bag

Organization for the Defense of Disgusting Critters Club Activity kit

Major trade show presence

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TLA Blue Bonnet gift bag & tote contest

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Post Pub

Include select titles in Tundra Bugs Campaign in summer 2020

Consider advertising in regional holiday catalogues

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Publicity: Pre-pub

US IBBY Regional Conference- panelist (Austin, Oct 25-27)

Author Website:

Author Social Media: Instagram: @elise_gravel

PRAISE FOR the Disgusting Critters series:

“Gross-out potential, for sure—but also likely to give larval entomologists a mild buzz.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Each page has incredible visual appeal and is very eye-catching…. Gravel’s ability to turn the most disgusting fact into an adorable drawing is remarkable…. This series is a must-read for children who like the world’s most unlikeable creatures. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“The interplay of text and illustration should strike all the right notes of gross-out loving young readers.”—Quill and Quire

“These easy-to-read entrants feature caricature-like cartoon illustrations that appealingly depict worms and flies. The brief text imparts information and is accompanied by chatty asides from the subjects…. Readers will find these titles fun to peruse and will pick up some useful material on the subjects, along with a tasty soupçon of icky-ness.”—School Library Journal


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