Jul 112012

Published By: Katha / Katha World Library

Story and Illustrations: Antje Damm


Fledolin was the world’s happiest bat child, as long as he was upside down.




In a Sentence: A clever clever book that tells us ever-so-gently that it is perfectly fine to be different, as long as you are comfortable being so.


What is it About: Fledolin, a little bat, is happiest when he is hanging upside up, which for the bat-world means upside down, which in simple human-terms means that he just loves being straight up, which in simple bat-terms means being straight down! Confounded? So is Fledolin himself, as are the others around him. Read through this intelligently created book to see how Fledolin’s family and friends try and make sense out of his upside down world.


Form and language: I like the gentle rhythm of the sentences (prose) in this story – But he grew and grew and remained just the way he was. Or, As night fell, the bats flew out into the open and hunted for flies and moths. The words flow naturally, nothing is forced.


What makes it snuggly: Fledolin, in his dotted chaddis (!); and the book having to go upside down, page after page after page. It’s fun!


What Stands Out: The visual orientation of the book. We ‘see’ the world from the bats’ perspective – straight, up the right way, and oh-so-normal. To see what Fledolin’s world looks like, flip the book over.


Will be best enjoyed by: Bats and brats and mammas and papas sharing Fledolin’s predicament of not being ‘one of them’. Also by all bats and brats and mammas and papas who are pretty much one of them.


From snuggly to snugglier: Talk to the young one and tease out instances she remembers where she found herself behaving differently than the rest. And try recreating many more aspects of the upside down world of bats which Antje Damm might have missed depicting in her picture book.


Love ratings?

Ha Ha! Quotient: 3

Touches The Heart: 4

Cuts Through The Clutter: 5

Visual Appeal: 4

Real-world dream-world balance: 5

Encore Quotient: 4

Thank God it’s not moral science: 5

Show, don’t tell: 4

Hey, this is a really important book!: 5

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