Anthony Barton was being interviewed at the Leyton gallery, one of the most beautiful galleries in Canada, just a stone's throw from the ocean, off Water Street in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland. He was surrounded by fifty framed pictures of his illustrations for children's books. Anthony Barton illustrated his first book in 1967, and, throughout a long career as an artist and writer he has illustrated books for Penguin Books, Breakwater Books and other presses. His BAT RIDER paperback books cost only $9.99 from Amazon, and there are Kindle e-book versions available for $7.99 'It took me six months to write the Bat Rider story, and then another six months to draw and paint the illustrations,' he went on. 'I wanted to get the pictures just right. Local bookstores can order the book from Ingram, but it is quicker for you or I to order the book on line. I've just finished a sequel in which Matthew John continues his adventures on the strange planet Yumi where the trees are a mile high. The sequel is called THE YUMI TREES.'
BAT RIDER is written for the young, but, like all good children's books, appeals to people of all ages. One of the most beloved characters in the story is the bat Bulmer, discovered by Matthew John in the Bat Cave. Bulmer is a dear bat, and Matthew John enjoys riding on his back, but Bulmer is not very good at landings. He tends to crash into things, and to land Matthew John in all kinds of trouble!
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Bulmer Books is famous for publishing the Bat Rider books for children of 7 - 11 years, sold in Australia, Canada, the US, and elsewhere. The Bat Rider books are distributed in English and Spanish by Apple, Sony, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.