Amazing, Misunderstood Bats San Francisco Book Review 

October, 2019

Star Rating: 5 / 5 stars

As an author of a  variety of pieces of non-fiction literature for children, Marta Magellan  sets out to debunk the historic myths and clear misconceptions about  the creatures we call bats. Despite their usefulness in cutting down the  world’s supply of pesky bugs and their extraordinary ability to  pollinate plants and help in the efforts of regrowing depleted forestry,  many perceive bats to be disease-striken, blood-sucking, eerie  creatures who hang out in dark and dreary places waiting to attack.  Magellan supplies an ample amount of unique and fascinating facts about  Chiropteras with hopes of changing the viewpoints of those most  skeptical. She informs her readers that bats are, in fact, the world’s  best pollinators over long distances and that some of these creatures  can eat as many as 1,000 bugs in an hour. The world would certainly be  more bug-infested without them. She also notes that one of the most  feared among bats, the vampire bat, may be of significant help in  treating blood clots, a potentially life-threatening condition that  occurs in humans. Their saliva is a hundred times more potent than the  current medications used to treat this ailment. It successfully destroys  the clot without adversely effecting anything else in the blood. While  some bats do carry diseases, foxes, dogs, and raccoons are more likely  to pass rabies on to humans than are bats. They become paralyzed when  infected with this devastating disease, thus rendering them much less a  risk to humans. Magellan concludes with urging her readers to help  protect the habitats of these incredible creatures, so they can continue  to be of great benefit to the human population.

This extraordinary work of non-fiction captures the essence of what these small, but remarkable creatures can do. Amazing, Misunderstood Bats contains a plethora of interesting and original knowledge about bats.  It’s effectively convincing and a far cry from being dry and  encyclopedia-like. Graphic, vibrant pictures accentuate the text, and an  array of boxes filled with fun facts are included that help break up  the flow of the words throughout the book. Additionally, a glossary and  index are provided to aid in clarifying unfamiliar vocabulary, as well  as to offer guidance in finding specific topics. The striking  photographs throughout will likely capture the attention of children as  young as five or six and as old as nine or ten. While the younger  audience may enjoy learning some of the fun facts; the older ones are  more likely to bask in the details and overall content of the text.  Elementary school science teachers may find this book a useful resource  for their classrooms, and it’s ideal for libraries in both public and  private elementary schools to shelve or display. The overall quality is  great, and the content is truly exceptional.

Reviewed by Jennifer Padgett, M.Ed.

Education Specialist

Children's Book Watch/ Pets,Wildlife Shelf /Midwest Book Review, August, 2019

Anole Invasion is a book about the green anole, a lizard whose territory is being invaded by another species of lizard called the Cuban brown anole...This fascinating story of the Carolina or green anole's adaptation to invasive species of anole is educational and beautifully enhanced by expert color photographs of each anole species. The end of the book has two pages of excellent portraits of the crested anole, the Cuban anole, the green anole, and the knight anole, plus a full glossary of terms. Anole Invasion is an excellent resource for students of life sciences in grades 2 and up.


Family Magazine, Review: The Nutty Little Vulture 9781632330802,  HC, 32pp,

January, 2018: Animals are Amazing:  Little Vulture’s mom offers to teach him how to get his own food. But he’s already off, finding it for himself ...The importance of what vultures contribute by eating carrion is  emphasized by the repetitive comments in large easy to read text,  following each of Little Vulture’s food inspections. Expressive  illustrations draw readers into the story. The sister/brother author/illustrator team have combined their talents to share this  engaging, environmentally thoughtful picture book. Back matter includes  facts about vultures, a glossary, and references. 

Reviewed by Meribeth Shank

Children's Book Watch/ Pets,Wildlife Shelf /Midwest Book Review, August, 2019

It is time for Little Vulture to start finding his own meals. But when he ventures out on his own, he discovers that none of the food the other vultures are sharing with him is tasty. On his journey, he discovers that not all vultures are carnivores which seems just a little bit nutty to him, too. A scrumptious book introducing the amazing world of vultures to kids, "The Nutty Little Vulture" is enhanced with the inclusion of a listing of Facts About Palm-Nut Vultures and a listing of Facts About Other Vultures. While especially and highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library wildlife picture book collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Nutty Little Vulture" is also available in a paperback edition (9781632330796, $9.99).


Excerpt of Review by Micaela Amateau Amato  Illustrator  

Marta Magellan’s charming, intelligently written book THE NUTTY LITTLE  VULTURE, beautifully illustrated by Mauro Magellan, takes on the  symbiotic cycle of life that keeps the earth working by offering kids a  detailed understanding how Mother Nature feeds, cleans and replenishes  itself by practicing NO WASTE.
  And the bottom line is,  all these vultures together work hard to keep  our planet clean—just as all other species do their jobs too. Everyone  gets fed and everyone has their specific purpose.
  That’s what we all need to do. Great message! If the family of vultures  can do their work for Zero Waste, so can our family of humans. It’s a short book with a brilliant educational and social message,   perfectly illustrated to attract and keep total attention and  fascination on message. I love this book for adults and kids of all ages.