Owl Bat Bat Owl

By Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

A family of owls become neighbours with a family of bats ... just how will the night unfold?

"Intensely expressive, humorous and touching" Guardian From award-winning author and illustrator, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, comes a stunning wordless board book that celebrates family, friendship and the power of togetherness. Mummy Owl and her three little owls live happily on their spacious branch. That is, until the bat family move in. And the new neighbours (the owls up-top, the bats hanging below) can’t help but feel a little wary of one another. Owls just don’t mix with bats and bats don’t mix with owls. But babies are curious little creatures and this curiosity, and a wild, stormy night, might just bring these two families together…

  • A board book edition of a beautiful silent story – it's perfect for the very youngest children, who can understand the narrative events simply by reading the pictures.
  • There is a wealth of visual humour (every bat and owl expression conveys so much sentiment) and the dramatic night-time palette is stunning, with each scene gradually getting darker until the full moon rises in the final spread.
  • Incredibly universal – the story conveys that there is nothing stronger than a mother’s love, and that children are intuitively kind and non-judgemental towards children different from themselves.

About the author

Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is a Dublin born, award-winning author and illustrator who has been published in over fifteen countries around the world. Her picture books include The New Kid and There, which was an Eric Carle Museum Best Picture Books of choice and Children Book Ireland’s Bisto Book of the Year – an award she has won three times. She lives in Wicklow, Ireland with her husband, author and illustrator Michael Emberley. Find her online at, and on Twitter as @marielouisefitzpatrick.

ISBN: 9781406377408
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Board Book
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Dimensions: 180 x 140mm, 30pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $12.99
New Zealand RRP: $14.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 03/10/17 at 09:24:55
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