Happy book birthday to BAILEY THE BAT by Grant Lawrence and illustrated by Noemie Gionet Landry, out today from Orca Book Publishers!

“Beautifully written, suspenseful…An ideal shared read with younger students, one which provides opportunities to discuss themes.”—CM Reviews

The sun is up and it’s time for bed, but Bailey the Bat just can’t sleep! Defying Mama Bat’s orders, Bailey sneaks out of their hollow tree to follow a mournful cry coming from somewhere deep in the forest. Flying over to the sound, Bailey discovers a young bull moose tangled up in an old fence. On one side of the fence, hunters roam. On the other side, a wolf pack is hunting. Both parties are looking for an easy dinner. Can a tiny brown bat save a big tangled moose?

A debut picture book from award-winning radio host and journalist Grant Lawrence, Bailey the Bat and the Tangled Moose is a suspenseful story and the perfect adventure for children moving towards early chapter books. Fully illustrated and longer than a standard picture book, this is an excellent choice for newly emergent readers.

Grant Lawrence is a popular CBC personality and the author of three books for adults: Adventures In Solitude, The Lonely End of the Rink and Dirty Windshields. His first two titles won the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award at the BC Book Prizes, marking the first time that the same author has won this prize twice. Grant is also a Canadian Screen Award winner, the lead singer of the Smugglers, a columnist for the North Shore News and the goalie for the Flying Vees beer league hockey team. He and his wife, Jill Barber, live in Vancouver with their two children. Grant is represented by Samantha Haywood.