Of the three science comics I received for review, Bats, Learning to Fly was my five-year-old son´s favorite. Although these graphic novels are developed for children aged nine and older, my five year old son read with rapt attention and asked repeatedly for me to resume reading when we had to stop for awhile. He also asked me to read it again a few days later, and then flipped through it on his own.
Through the viewpoint of Little Brown Bat who became lost in the desert, injured by careless humans, and then rescued by a kind vet, my son and I learned about different kinds of bats and their role in reforestation, pollination, or insect control. We also found out how bats can hang upside down without falling or getting dizzy and how bat flight differs from bird flight. The comic outlined some of the problems bat populations face and some solutions to those problems.
The engaging drawings, although cartoons, clearly show the unique faces and body shapes of many varieties of bats. We could see the comparison in body size as well. Included throughout the pages are neatly drawn fact boxes that explain a variety of scientific concepts related to bats.
When we finished reading, my son eagerly began to plan what bat house we would make, and a few nights later commented that it would be a good time for us to look for bat friends. Author and illustrator Falvnn Koch did well in Bats, Learning to Fly both teaching facts and encouraging readers to respect bats and their multiple roles in our world.
At the end of the graphic novel there is a list of additional reading, a resource for readers interested in bat-related careers, and an explanation of how to build a few simple bat houses.