All the young wild animals think Bat is mad. How can she say a tree has the trunk at the top and the leaves at the bottom? Until, that is, they consult wise Owl who suggests that if they just try looking at things from Bat's point of view, they might see thing very differently.


Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children's picture book authors. She also writes for television and video companies, and has two children. Amongst her many other prize-winning books, she has written Who's in the Loo? which was shortlisted for the Nottingham Children's Book Award, won the Red House Picture Book Award and was the overall winner at the Sheffield Children's Book Award.

Tony Ross has illustrated over 800 books, which are published all over the world. Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and Tadpole's Promise won the Silver medal in the Smaries Prize 2003. He was the British choice for the Andersen Medal 2004. The Nanny Goat's Kid was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. A major animated series of Tony Ross's Little Princess is curently showing on Channel 5's Milkshake. He lives in Oxfordshire.


An innovative picture book for children that is great fun to read aloud.

Independent on Sunday

Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross won’t let you down

Independent on Sunday

A good book to share with a group and could be used as part of the PSHCE curriculum.

Write Away

Appeals to everyone’s sense of humour

Books for Keeps

Readers old enough to ‘twig’ the mismatch in perception between bat and the others before being confronted with the pages of upside down print will revel in the sustained joke with the author

Books for Keeps

Astute, humorous and altogether first class.


A fantastic book that will make you look at life from a different point of view.

Nursery World

Ingenious and amusing

Full of life and humour

Northern Echo

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