Bluey Fruit Bat is a colourful and engaging glow-in-the-dark children's picture book based off the Emmy-award winning Australian TV children's television show Bluey.Bluey Fruit Bat is 24 pages long and was published on 5 November 2019 by Penguin Books. It is a board book style picture book suitable for children between 3 and 5 years of age. The pages are made out of thick card and the illustrations glow in the dark.
Bluey Fruit Bat is based off an episode of the television series of the same name. Fruit Bat was the eighth episode of the first series of the show. It was written by Joe Brumm, the creator of the series, and was storyboarded by Chris Voigt. Fruit Bat aired in Australia on 8 October 2018 to an audience of 169,000 viewers.
The picture book version of Fruit Bat follows the same story from the television episode and features scenes and illustrations from it. Bluey, a six-year-old Blue Heeler puppy, does not want to go to bed one night. She runs away from her parents screaming 'Nooooo!' when her Mum tells her it is time for bed and rushes outside to say goodbye to the kangaroos and bilbies and fruit bats. Bingo likes the fruit bats because they're nocturnal and don't have to go to bed at night. Bluey wishes she could stay up all night long like a fruit bat.
Dad tells her if she were a fruit bat she wouldn't be able to play rocket ship with him or splash her sister with water during bath time. And they wouldn't be able to play the story game where Dad starts reading a book and then pretends to fall asleep and Bluey and her sister Bingo have to shout at him to wake him up.
Later that evening, Bluey sneaks out of her room and goes downstairs to ask her Mum if she can stay up. She spots Dad asleep on the floor hugging a football. He is dreaming he is playing football with his mates. Bluey asks why he doesn't play it for real life and Mum explains he is busy working and looking after Bluey and her sister.
Bluey doesn't think that is very fair. Bluey goes back to bed and decides to try and dream about being a fruit bat. She closes her eyes and is transported to a dream where she can fly through the air and hang off branches just like a fruit bat. In her dream, she hears a familiar voice and spots her Dad playing football and having a lot of fun with his mates. Dad and Bluey wave at each other happily.
Bluey wakes up and thinks about her dream and reflects on how much her dad has sacrificed to be a good father to them. He misses his friends and his football but she has never heard him whinge about it. Not once. She goes downstairs and finds Dad and gives him a hug and thanks him for looking after them. He hugs her back.
Bluey is such an interesting show because it has managed to capture the hearts of both the old and the young. When I watch an episode like Fruit Bat, it makes me think about what it means to be a good parent, and everything my parents sacrificed to look after me when I was a kid. Bluey Fruit Bat is a great book because of its positive messages about parenting, play and imagination and its portrayal of Bluey's father, Bandit, as a positive father figure.