January 30, 2012
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae by Bridget Heos
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this one up. I’d heard great things about the book from the agent who sold it — she simply couldn’t quit gushing about the fantastic humor.
A humorous nonfiction book about insects? Could someone really pull that off? The answer is “yes” if that someone is Bridget Heos.
Heos could have written a ho hum factual account of where insects of various kinds lay there eggs, how quickly the larvae grow, what types of insects pass through a larval stage, etc. But that wouldn’t be this book.
Instead, she wrote a humorous question and answer. The questions themselves are pretty straightforward:
- “What will my babies look like? Will they resemble their mother or father?”
- “I fly. My wingless larvae can’t come with me. What will they do all day?”
- “How will I keep my larvae safe?”
The humor comes in with the responses and the illustrations. Readers will laugh about larvae that look like bird poop, those that make bird’s vomit, and why book worms have had to find different digs. It is truly hard to do the humor in this book justice without simply quoting vast portions of it.
If you have a preschool insect lover, this book is probably too sophisticated. They may get some of the humor (there are dung beetles, after all) but a lot of it will fly on by. That said, if your child gets sarcasm, come this way. You and your little book worm have found a new book to munch.