Perfect Picture Book Friday! It’s Raining Bat’s & Frogs by Rebecca Colby

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun Halloween read.

Bats-and-FrogsIt’s Raining Bats & Frogs
Written by Rebecca Colby
Illustrations by Steven Henry
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 11th, 2015

Theme/Topic- Halloween

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Every year, Delia looked forward to flying in the Witch Parade. This year was no different, despite the black clouds hovering overhead.”

Synopsis: From Goodreads; “Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Halloween Parade. But parade day brings heavy rain. So, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. But that doesn’t work too well! Then hats and clogs. That doesn’t work, either! Each new type of rain brings a new set of problems. How can Delia save the day?”

Why I liked this book- This is a really fun Halloween book. Ms. Colby has written a great rhyming, whimsical story about how one little witch tries to do good, and ends up making it worse! The illustrations are hilarious and make you smile. There are little word-bubbles on the spreads that add a lot of humor – “I never met a cat I didn’t like.” “Dognabit! Give me my broom back!” – that kids (or parents) will love! I really like how Delia has a familiar (a witch’s magical animal, like a black cat) – which is a raven. Ms. Colby and Mr. Henry have created a great Halloween book!

Activities and Resources- Ask your child/student if they can think of any more things that rhyme with Bats & Frogs that would cause mayhem if they rained from the sky? (Or just ask them about things that could “rain”, if they are a bit too young) What would you [they] do if whatever “rained”? What would happen?

Put on your own Halloween Parade! Who came?

For more Perfect Picture books, please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

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22 replies

  1. Sounds like a sweet book! Great review, Erik!

  2. How nice. I’ve been looking for newer Halloween books. Thanks Erik

  3. Good thing Delia didn’t change the rain to gnats and logs. That could hurt somebody!

    Love and licks,

  4. This sounds cute! A great way to practice rhyming with students!

  5. Hey, a fun Halloween book for the little ones!!

  6. A batty fun Halloween book!

  7. Yes! Yes! Yes! I LOVE this book!

  8. perfect book for halloween!

  9. Thank you for choosing it, Erik! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  10. We heard this book read at a reading last week and my son was on the fence about it. After reading it a few times and being able to see the illustrations and hear the story closer, we’ve read it several nights (a sign he’s off the fence on this one). Thanks for sharing it Eric.

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