The Bat Who Loved Colours

Tomi Ungerer author


Publisher:Phaidon Press Ltd

Published:7th Sep '15


Available for immediate dispatch.

Rufus cover

Tomi Ungerer's classic tale about a bat who learns to embrace his differences through friendship.

Like all bats, Rufus sees life in black and white, until he chances upon an outdoor movie theatre and is awakened to the dazzling world of colours for the first time. Inspired and excited, Rufus paints his own wings and ventures out into the day, only to discover that his unusual appearance attracts unwelcome attention. Though he is initially rejected for his difference, Rufus soon learns to accept himself for who he is, thanks to a new friend.

First published in 1961, this classic story of difference and acceptance is as relevant today.

Beautifully written and illustrated by the internationally acclaimed author and illustrator, Tomi Ungerer, winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award for children's literature.

Ages 3-6

"Delightful... With their old–fashioned charm, timeless storytelling, and irresistible humor, the books are destined to win over new generation of readers." —School Library Journal, on Tomi Ungerer

"If you look at the work of Tomi Ungerer, it's passionate, it's personal, it's marvellous and it's cuckoo, and it's that kind of variety that's always made for good children's literature." —Maurice Sendak, The New York Times, on Tomi Ungerer

"The kind of inventive story that will have kids asking for repeated readings." —Karen MacPherson, Scripps Howard News Service on Tomi Ungerer

"Rufus: The Bat Who Loved Colors (just reissued by Phaidon) has been flapping around winning hearts since it was first published in 1961." —Shelf Awareness

"Another brilliant reprint of a Tomi Ungerer classic." —UrbanFamily

"Sweet, briefly dramatic and sad, and ultimately as wonderful as it was the first time... Some stories never get old." —Publishers Weekly Online

"Rufus is a great example of what we should all strive for ourselves and help every child feel, a sense of empowering self-acceptance."—The Reading Ninja

"This classic story of difference and acceptance is still relevant today."— Carousel

"Strong, simple and effective illustrations and book layout support a story made for discussion."—Portland Book Review

ISBN: 9780714869728

Dimensions: 296mm x 222mm x 8mm

Weight: 405g

32 pages