Scaredy Bat and the Sunscreen Snatcher


Children - Mystery
117 Pages
Reviewed on 01/29/2022
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Reviewed by Michaela Gordoni for Readers' Favorite

For a vampire girl, losing your sunscreen (or getting it stolen from you) is a big deal! Without special sunscreen, the danger of becoming permanently polka-dotted is real. Scaredy Bat and the Sunscreen Snatcher by Marina J. Bowman is a fun, humorous mystery following a vampire kid’s journey to find her long-lost sunscreen. Scaredy Bat (AKA Ellie) and her supportive school friends begin their investigation by questioning classmates and Ellie’s little sister. They end up making some other discoveries along the way, like what is causing the mysterious and serious stinky smells. It turns out that dedication to the cause just might require a little bit of garlic dressing, breaking and entering, and possibly dressing up in clown disguises.

Scaredy Bat and the Sunscreen Snatcher is a great children’s book. It is chock-full of colorful, cute, and creative pictures that I really enjoyed. I particularly liked how Marina J. Bowman included nuances that will keep kids entertained as they read, like bat symbols highlighting the page numbers and fun fonts. It is written with care, with a lot of 'easy reading' words for young kids. I think that it is a great talent for an adult to be able to write from a kid’s-eye point of view. Marina J. Bowman knows exactly what elements are needed for this kind of children’s novel: mystery, fun illustrations, short chapters, and a little goofiness and humor. I think this book will especially appeal to elementary-age girls with an appetite for mysteries (and vampires!).