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Bailey the Bat and the Tangled Moose

by (author) Grant Lawrence

illustrated by Noémie Gionet Landry

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
English Language Arts, Science
Grade Levels
1 to 3
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
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Descriptive Review

Bailey the Bat can’t sleep, and though mama has warned all the little brown bats not to go out during the day, Bailey flies off to investigate a sad sound coming from the forest. Bailey finds a young bull moose tangled in a rope and tries to help, though eventually needs to summon the rest of the bat colony to help rescue this new friend from the circling wolves. The suspenseful text of this colourfully illustrated picture book would encourage discussion of rules and safety, friendship, and asking for help, as well as different animal features. It would make a good read-aloud or independent reading choice for students getting ready for chapter books. Illustrator Noémie Gionet Landry captures expressions of emotion in simple images. | This is the first children’s book by Grant Lawrence, CBC host, musician, and award-winning writer. Also available in French, translated by Rachel Martinez.

48 pp., 6.5 × 8.5", colour illustrations

Source: Association of Book Publishers of BC - BC Books for Schools (2021-2022)

About the authors

Grant Lawrence is an award-winning author, CBC personality, singer, columnist and live event host. He is the author of three best-selling books for adults: Adventures in Solitude (2010), The Lonely End of the Rink (2013), and Dirty Windshields (2017). Bailey the Bat and the Tangled Moose, his first children's picture book, was released in 2021. Grant Lawrence is the first author in the history of the BC Book Prizes to win the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice twice. Grant is also the host of the CBC Music Top 20, the lead singer of The Smugglers, a Canadian Screen Award winner, and a columnist for the North Shore News and Powell River Peak. He is also a goalie for the Vancouver Flying Vees beer league hockey team. Grant Lawrence is married to musician Jill Barber and they live in Vancouver with their two children, Josh and Grace. Return to Solitude is Grant's long-awaited sequel to Adventures in Solitude.

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Noémie Gionet Landry a grandi devant l’océan, dans une petite ville côtière du Nouveau-Brunswick. Petite, elle rêvait de devenir soit médecin soit illustratrice de livres pour enfants. Au beau milieu de ses études de médecine, elle a décidé d’embrasser les deux carrières. Elle partage maintenant son temps entre l’hôpital où elle pratique la rhumatologie et son atelier à la maison où elle dessine et peint. Elle habite à Moncton avec sa femme et leur fils.


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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools

Editorial Reviews

“Perfect for readers on the cusp of enjoying graphic novels. This will find a home with adventure-loving independent readers who like a little science with their stories.”

School Library Journal

“Beautifully written, suspenseful…An ideal shared read with younger students, one which provides opportunities to discuss themes, while also being an independent read for more advanced young readers.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Kind, brave, and resourceful...A satisfying adventure with a hint of more to come. Hooray for Bailey.”

Kirkus Reviews