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The Magic School Bus Going Batty: A Book About Bats [Paperback]

By Joanna Cole (Author)
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Driven batty by their lessons on nocturnal animals, the students in Ms. Frizzle's class participate in a nighttime adventure that is complicated by the bus's new wings and a rumor that Ms. Frizzle is a vampire.

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Studio: Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 7.7" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.17 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 1996
Publisher   Scholastic Paperbacks
ISBN  0590738720  
ISBN13  9780590738729  

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More About Joanna Cole

Joanna Cole Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.

I discovered in the fifth grade that I enjoyed explaining things and writing reports for school. I had a teacher who was a little like Ms. Frizzle. She loved her subject. Every week she had a child do an experiment in front of the room, and I always wanted to be that child. Grade school was very important to me maybe that's why I ended up writing books for children as an adult.

After graduating from college, I worked as an elementary-school teacher, a librarian, a children's book editor, and a writer. My first book was Cockroaches. An article in the Wall Street Journal inspired me to do some research. I discovered that there had never been a children's book written about cockroaches before. So I thought, why not? Plus, I had ample time to study that creature in my low-budget New York apartment!

Since then I have written both nonfiction and fiction books for children. In my science books, including The Magic School Bus books, I write about ideas, rather than just the facts. I try to ask a question, such as how do scientists guess what dinosaurs were like? Then I try to answer the question as I write the book.

Writing is hard work, but it's the greatest fun in the world.

Joanna Cole currently resides in the state of Connecticut.

Joanna Cole has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Magic School Bus (Hardcover)
  2. Magic School Bus (Paperback)
  3. Magic School Bus (Pb)
  4. Magic School Bus Movie Tie-Ins
  5. Magic School Bus Presents
  6. Magic School Bus Science Chapter Books (Paperback)
  7. Penguin Young Readers: Level 2
  8. Penguin Young Readers: Level 4
  9. Ready, Set, Dogs!
  10. Scholastic Reader: Level 2
  11. Step Into Reading - Level 3 - Quality

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
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3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Popular Culture
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4 1/2 * Ms. Frizzle Leads the Way  Apr 27, 2001
A fun book in the "Magic School Bus" series, this is a fact- and pun-filled account of Ms. Frizzle's students (and parents) going on a field trip to learn more about bats. Some of the kids are a little nervous at first: Ralphie believes that bats are really vampires! The field trip shows otherwise, as bat-facts are presented in a creative and interesting manner.

The famous bus does do some magic here: Turning into a "bat bus" to demonstrate echolocation, and then turning the children into bats (temporarily!) so they can learn about bat food, bat predators, bat flight speed, and general "hanging around (upside down from the branches of a tree)." Facts replace suspicion (Is Ms. Frizzle herself a vampire? Did she turn the parents into vampires?), and the story ends with yet another pun. (Be your own judge about whether this story might be too frightening for the very young). With bright, colorful (but not extraordinary) illustrations on each one of the story's 28 pages, and two pages with letters about bats and bat facts. Probably not as exciting as Batman, but fans of "The Magic School Bus" and nature facts should love it.


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