Rufus the Bat Who Loved Colors



Rufus is a plain ordinary bat with a bat's eye view of the world – shades of grey at night – until he chances upon an outdoor movie theatre. The dazzling Technicolor opens up a whole new world to him, and when Rufus finds an abandoned paint box, the temptation is too much: Rufus turns himself into a new bat. But sadly, a world used to ordinary bats is no place for a colourful bat. People fear Rufus's appearance and chase him down. Rufus is wounded, but Luckily, Dr Tarturo, a kind butterfly collector, finds him and nurses him back to health. Rufus recovers quickly and becomes good friends with Dr Tarturo, but soon realizes that the sun hurts his eyes and gives him headaches. One day, Rufus becomes homesick for his cave. He says good-by to Dr. Tarturo and flies home. But Rufus often visits his friend after dark, hunting night months for Dr Tarturo. This makes them both very happy.

First published in 1961, this simple story of difference and acceptance is a timeless classic that is just as relevant to the children of today.

Ages 3-6 years

Born in Strasbourg in 1931, Tomi Ungerer landed in New York in 1956 with $60 in his pocket and with a suitcase full of drawings. Overnight he became a star as a caricaturist, illustrator and children’s book author and published more than eighty books in ten years. In 1998, Tomi Ungerer was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration and has become an internationally renowned artist. He now divides his time between Ireland and Strasbourg, France, where the Musée Tomi Ungerer, a museum devoted exclusively to his work, opened in 2007.
Format: Hardback
Size: 296 x 222 mm (11 5/8 x 8 3/4 in)
Pages: 32 pp
Illustrations: 32 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714869728