Bat has lost his home and is looking for another place to live. It is not easy given the nasty things other animals think about bats. When he finally finds a cozy place to rest, it turns out to be the residence of a squirrel. He goes to sleep hanging from a twig.
When Squirrel wakes up in the morning and finds this uninvited stranger in his home, he writes a note saying: "Dear Bat, Bug off! Sincerely, Squirrel." But his note is not read the way it was intended.
Is it within the realm of possibility that a nighttime and a daytime creature could become friends? Yes, when kindness, courtesy, and playfulness are present. Not to mention lots of communication between them.
Paul Meisel is a seasoned writer who has illustrated more than 70 children's books, many of which he also wrote like this one. Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel is a timely book which beautifully illustrates the good things that can take place when strangers open up to each other, rather than fear, hate, or mistrust those outside their small circle of family and friends. Or as Benedictine sister Joan Chittister puts it: "Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around one heart at a time."