Review: Megabat and the Not-Happy Birthday (Megabat #4)

Title: Megabat and the Not-Happy Birthday (Megabat #4)
Author: Anna Humphrey, Kass Reich (illustrator)
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Tundra Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s Daniel’s birthday, and Megabat wants to join in all the fun, but his excitement gets the best of him and suddenly the birthday celebrations are on the brink of disaster. The next laugh-out-loud book in this sweet and funny chapter book series featuring a talking bat.

Daniel isn’t in the birthday party mood. He hates his new glasses — they’re dorky, and he feels silly in them.

Megabat LOVES Daniel’s new face windows! They make him dizzy and his tummy feel funny. And he loves parties even more!

Daniel starts planning his party, and things are looking up — all of his friends are excited, and he has some fun games planned. Plus: presents!

Megabat’s party excitement is losing steam. He has to hide the whole time. He can’t eat any of the delicious buttermelon. And he can’t participate in any games, even though it’s the thing he wants most in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

When Megabat loses his temper and breaks Daniel’s best birthday gift, he realizes he’s been a bad friend and gives Daniel what he thinks is the best possible gift: he runs away. But being alone in the big, wide, world is harder than he thought. Kass Reich’s adorable illustrations paired with Anna Humphrey’s hilarious text make for another unforgettable Megabat adventure, one that will appeal to Megabat fans and newcomers!


Megabat is Daniel’s talking pet bat. It’s Daniel’s birthday and Megabat is excited because he’s never been to a birthday party. The problem is that no one else knows about Megabat, so he can’t take part in the party with Daniel’s friends. Megabat takes out his anger by breaking Daniel’s birthday present and running away. However, Megabat quickly realizes life isn’t as easy or fun without Daniel.

When I saw a Megabat book about a birthday coming out, I knew I had to review it on my birthday! I love Megabat. This is the third Megabat book that I’ve read and they keep getting better each time.

I don’t like bats as animals (I’ve had a couple of bats find their way into my house in the night and that wasn’t fun!) but I love Megabat! He’s not like regular bats because he can speak. He often gets his words mixed up and uses them incorrectly, which is so cute. He says “mine” and “yours” instead of “I” and “you.” One of my favourite Megabat phrases was “face windows.” I didn’t know what that meant at first, but then Daniel started talking about his glasses. I think “face windows” is such a cute way to describe eyeglasses!

This is such a fun series! I highly recommend it for young readers!

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Megabat is a Fraidybat by Anna Humphrey and Kass Reich (illustrator)

Other books in the series:

Have you read Megabat and the Not-Happy Birthday? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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