The magic of a great children’s book hinges on the writer’s ability to engage the imagination of the young, distractable minds. The beautifully written and illustrated picture books created by Duxbury author Brian Lies are the perfect example of this. Lies has become well known for producing books with clever storylines and vibrant depictions of animal characters embarking on amusing adventures. He illustrated his first children’s book for Houghton Mifflin Company in 1989, and has since illustrated nearly 30 others, including his 2019 Caldecott Honor-winning “The Rough Patch,” and his New York Times bestselling bat series (“Bats at the Beach,” “Bats at the Library,” Bats at the Ballgame,” and “Bats in the Band”).Lies recently kicked off a brand-new book series starring Little Bat, a sweet and enthusiastic young bat who is busy navigating new experiences. “Little Bat in Night School” (Clarion Books, June, 2021) is filled with humor and is ideal for young readers who are nervous or excited about attending school for the first time.