Staff Review: "A Boy Called Bat"
Nine year-old Bixby Alexander Tam - also known as Bat - loves animals, struggles to get along with his big sister, and also happens to be on the autism spectrum. Author Elana K. Arnold allows us to experience Bat’s world first hand, and we find ourselves rooting for Bat as he cares for an orphaned baby skunk and learns to navigate his first friendship. I can’t overstate the importance of a book that tenderly – and accurately – shares the heart of a child with autism while being accessible and enjoyable to readers from ages six and up. The beauty of this tale is in how Arnold highlights all of our shared similarities, rather than our differences, with a gentle message of acceptance. We can all benefit from getting to know and understand Bat – and I have a new respect for our sorely misunderstood skunk population, too!
If you love A Boy Called Bat, you’ll be pleased to know that there are two additional books in the Bat series – Bat and the Waiting Game and Bat and the End of Everything.