Book Review – A Cauldron of Bats

A Cauldron of Bats
by Michael Buxton
(Little Hare Books, October 1st, 2020)

At a Glance


word concept board book

Age Range:


From the Publisher:

“This is a bat! It’s dressed as a witch. Can you guess why? A group of bats is called . . . A cauldron of bats! Introduce the idea of collective nouns to young children with this fun lift-the-flap book. Open the flap to reveal a funny scene that illustrates weird and wonderful collective nouns for very cute animals.” (source)


  • Vibrant colors
  • Sturdy build
  • Clever and cute concept

Full Review

A Cauldron of Bats is so much fun. The spooky cute cover immediately caught my eye. But don’t be fooled–it isn’t a Halloween book. All of the illustrations are bright and vibrant and cover bats in witches hats, flies in business suits, and hornets in cycling attire.

It is a very fun and clever way to introduce young children to collective nouns. And I even learned a thing or two. Do you know what a group of jackdaws are called? You’ll have to read to find out.

Another thing that impressed me was how sturdy the book felt, especially since it is a lift-the-flap style book. Each page and flap is nice think and will hold up under many readings.

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a fun, vibrant and informative book for young children, definitely check this one out!

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A Cauldron of Bats by Michael Buxton

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