From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-This takeoff on American Bandstand adds a twist to learning-to-tell-time books. Click Dark, the bat-version host of American Batstand, leads the 12-hour dance program. A rhyming verse teaches children how to tell time while dancing to the oldies. The enthusiastic bats jitterbug, do the swim, the locomotion, the twist with "Chubby Checkers," the hootchi-coo, and the bugaloo. At the bottom of each page, a mouse holds a clock that advances from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight as the show progresses. In a satisfying conclusion, as the TV audience awaits the "final demonstration," a solitary bat leaps out-in blue suede shoes. The rhymes are delightful and the narrative jives right along. Children will love them.Wendy S. Carroll, Montclair Cooperative School, NJ
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From Kirkus Reviews
Lights, camera, action; its American Batstand, a 12-hour marathon of nonstop shake, rattle, and roll hosted by the ageless Click Dark. Captivating cartoon critters decked out in their best disco duds shimmy, shrug, and swim to a beat that changes every hour on the hour. Rhyming text carries the reader through a musical repertoire from jitterbug to jive. There was rockin in the rafters / there was dancin in the street. / Then they did the locomotion / and they boogied to the beat. Or They twisted left and twisted right / until the hour of seven. / There was shakin, there was shoutinit was rockin rollin heaven! Some of this may fly right over the heads of the intended audience, but they will certainly enjoy the rhythm of the poetry and the chance to dance the bop. And they might learn a little bit about telling time, too, since a mouse holds a small clock on each page with a time change. This is the third bat math book from this team and they seem to have the formula stirred just right. Boogie down. (Picture book. 4-6) -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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