Paperbats 1: Protectors of your Local Park

Children's Books, General Fiction, Young Adult

By Jerry Evans

Publisher : Smashbooks, Amazon

ABOUT Jerry Evans

jerry evans
I am a teacher by day and children's book writer by night [well, when I have time]. It has always been a passion of mine, but became active when my own two children were younger and demanded something interesting to listen to and read. This book is the first of a series of 'Paperbat advent More...


Paper Bats are about as small as your hand, plump and furry, with delicate wings of newspaper. They are small secretive creatures that live in large hollow trees in your local park. The book introduces the different family members- each having a distinct character- and how they live their busy lives.
Their purpose in the park is to protect it from dangers, such as fires and damage.
The main family characters comprise grandparents/parents and several children. Old Grandpa Times [wise old bat, loves telling stories]; father Herald [recently gained position to proudly protect the park]; Mother Indy [loves painting]; twin sons Metro [an inventor] and Tel [brave adventurer]; older daughter Express [fast flying ] ; baby Sunny [learning to fly / loveable / inquisitive].
However, there is also a small boy called Jack, who lives across the road and gets to know the Paper Bats, getting involved in many stories.
Paper Bats are not like other bats; they are made of paper for a start which is not good for flying in the rain, or being near fire, and due to them being very light, they are blown around a lot by the wind – which is however a key to why they are never recognised as it humans see them, as only think that they are wind-blown pieces of newspaper.

I was walking in the local park with my children on a windy day, when a piece of newspaper blew buy. My youngest child asked what it was. I told him I would tell him a story at bedtime about why some pieces of newspaper fly around our local parks. .......

“I hadn’t expected to come across such a great children’s book when I was surfing. It succeeds in sparking the imagination of children and parents alike.” Jedah Mayberry, Austin, Tx USA

“Very original concept, particularly in using everyday events in the storylines. Children will enjoy getting to know each Paperbat.”  Noisy Crow Publishers, UK  

“Clever use of ordinary objects such as pieces of newspaper, that otherwise go overlooked.”        Oxford University Press, UK.