The tube-lipped nectar bat is the pollinator of a pale, bell-shaped flower found in the Ecuadorian cloud forests. First discovered in 2005, the bat is the only known pollinator of a pale, bell shaped flower called Centropogon nigricans . Due to the length of the bloom, no other animal can reach the nectar which rests at the flower’s base. This is the story of one such bat and her nocturnal search for this rare flower whose nectar sustains her.
Carly Allen-Fletcher is a freelance illustrator living and working in the Midlands, UK. She studied Illustration at Loughborough University. Her work explores the combination of digital painting and traditional media, creating images by layering graphic shapes with painted textures and handmade elements. She is inspired by nature and geometric forms. She has illustrated Theseus and the Minotaur and Children’s Classic Bible Stories for Quantum, division of Quarto, and in 2015 she won a silver prize (1,000 pounds) from the UK Association of Illustrators in the “London Spaces and Places” category. Carly is also the author/artist of two board books, Goodnight, Seahorse and Goodnight Forest. View her work here: http://carlydraws.com/
Gordon McMillan is an artist and writer living near Nashville, Tennessee who looks at everything from board games to textbooks as sources of inspiration. He is the author/illustrator of the children’s book Scout, published in 2021.
NetGalley Review 5 stars
Last updated on 23 Jun 2021
"I loved the artwork! The story was simple enough for littles to enjoy, while supplying more info for older children to learn about this newly discovered bats! I wish the book had downloaded better, but I loved what I could see and read. I look forward to finding a hard copy of this book! I think young bat lovers will enjoy it!"
—Catherine Hankins, Consumer reviewer
NetGalley Review: 4 stars
Last updated on 26 June 2021
"A big thank you to NetGalley and Rowan & Littlefield/Muddy Books for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is a children's book. The illustrations are beautiful. The words are simple and the story is simple. The beauty of bats and their world is shown to young children and will hopefully encourage them to learn more about bats. 4 stars."
—Susan Underbrink, Reviewer at Romantic Daily News
Last updated on 02 Jul 2021
"Beautiful illustrations in this picture book. My daughter was in awe of the bright colored flowers in contrast with the gorgeous night sky. I think this book maybe would have benefited from a bit more story. We were a little sad that it ended so quickly and was mostly just illustration. Lovely concept though, especially on a misunderstood creature of the night!"
—Victoria Waters, reviewer at @hownovelofher or @the.little.bookling
NetGalley Review: 5 stars
"This was such a stunning children’s book! The art and the colours used really shone despite the darkness and really captured my attention.
The story about the bat was so informative but in an easily digestible way so that anyone of any age could learn about this particular species!
I definitely recommend this to anyone- whether you have kids or not!"
—Hal, reviewer at hdsreadinglife
last updated on 04 Jul 2021
"My son loves bats, so naturally I was super excited to read this to him.
He was so excited for this book and he loved looking at the illustration! Personally it felt very short to me but my son absolutely loved it and I definitely think I will have to buy a physical copy so he can add it to his book collection.
Thank you Netgalley, Carly Allen-Fletcher and Gordon McMillian for this e copy of Bat's Moonlight Feast."
—April Bolla, Consumer Reviewer
Last updated on 08 Jul 2021
"I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. I loved this book about a newly discovered bat looking for a midnight meal. Loved the illustrations too."
—Tara Hutson, Librarian at Fairfield County District Library
Last updated on 18 Oct 2021
"Such a cute book that follows the tube lipped nectar bat that drinks the sweet nectar of the tube shaped flower called the Centropogon nigricans. Love the illustrations in a wonderful picture book. I highly recommend it. Thanks to netgalley for the early review copy."—Becky Pennington, reviewer at Morticia's Books
Last updated on 05 Nov 2021
"Bat's Moonlight Feast is a nonfiction picturebook written by Gordon McMillan and illustrated by Carly Allen-Fletcher. It is currently scheduled for release on November 1 2021. The tube-lipped nectar bat is the pollinator of a pale, bell-shaped flower found in the Ecuadorian cloud forests. First discovered in 2005, the bat is the only known pollinator of a pale, bell shaped flower called Centropogon nigricans . Due to the length of the bloom, no other animal can reach the nectar which rests at the flower’s base. This is the story of one such bat and her nocturnal search for this rare flower whose nectar sustains her.
Bat's Moonlight Feast is an absolutely beautiful book. I thought the artwork was extremely well done and did a great job of showing the details of the subject matter. The backgrounds were just as beautiful as the work done on the bats and flowers. I looked through the images several times simply to enjoy them. I also thought the text was well done, and easy to understand without being dumbed down. I liked the additional text that gave more information on the newly discovered bat and what we have learned about it. I think young readers will love this book, and animal and nature enthusiasts of all ages will as well."—Sharon Tyler, reviewer at Sharon the Librarian/UConn Health Library