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Brian Lies : Gone Batty

Selections from Bats at the Library and Bats at the Beach

BOOK SIGNING Sunday, November 2, 1:30 pm

Bats at the Library, Brian Lies


Bats at the Library News!

#7 New York Times Children's Books Best Seller
Published September 28, 2008

Sunday Book Review
New York Times
By Julie Just, September 12, 2008

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Hang out by a lamp instead, to talk about the books we’ve read
, 2008
acrylic on illustration board
Courtesy of the artist

IN THE CHILDREN’S GALLERY, 2nd FLOOR OF MUSEUM

September 6, 2008 — November 2, 2008

Opening Reception Saturday, September 13, 6 - 8 pm


About the Artist

Brian Lies

Brian Lies (pronounced Lees) is a wonderfully prolific and talented illustrator.  He grew up in Princeton, NJ, and fell in love with books and illustration at a young age.  He attended Brown University to study Psychology and Literature.  Shortly after graduating, Lies went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.  Since then, he has illustrated approximately twenty books.  He has had four written-and-illustrated books on the New York Times bestseller list, his latest, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Beach, Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite, and Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle.  Lies lives in a seaside town in Massachusetts with his wife, daughter, two cats and a hamster (no bats!).

About the Exhibit

This exhibition of Lies original acrylic paintings used to illustrate two of his most recent books is based on the secret and fanciful life of bats at night.  These works provide the opportunity to view the incredible detail and accuracy of Lees’ artistic abilities as he recounts his poetic tales of bats in various locales. Bats at the Beach introduces us to a family of bats who create antics on the beach from cooking “bug” mallows on a fire to flying kites to surfing on detritus found on the shore.  Bats at the Library presents the same batty characters on a new nocturnal adventure: a trip to the library.  More antics abound as bats peruse large tomes, hijack the copier and enjoy storytime.  All the art work demonstrates Lies’s own terrific storytelling talents and his technical and imaginative capabilities.  Stay tuned to this bat channel:  word is that Lies is soon on his way to baseball capital of the world, Cooperstown, New York, to research the next escapade for his Bats series!

On August 24th, Bats in the Library made it's debut on the New York Times bestseller list and is currently #3 on the list.


Book Signing for Bats at the Library and Bats at the Beach



Sunday, November 2, 2008
1:30 pm
Meet the Artist!
Brian Lies, Bats in the Library and Bats at the Beach
See His New BATSmobile!

Bat Mobile

Meet children's book illustrator Brian Lies and see his wonderful illustrations for the book, Bats in the Library. The artist will talk to aspiring young artists and new readers about how he created Bats in the Library, answer questions, and sign books during Drop in Art.

Books are available for purchase in the Museum lobby.

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