April 8, 2013

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Hatchlings by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Hatchlings:
A Guide for Crocodilian Parents (and Curious Kids)
by Bridget Heos,
illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Millbrook Press
AR 3.7

Whether you are a crocodilian parent or a reptile loving kid, this book offers up a lot of information in a humorous Question and Answer format that is a take off on What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  Heos covers everything from where the nests are located, threats to the eggs and development within the egg itself, to how the young reptiles hatch, whether or not the adult reptiles parent and how old the young are when they strike out on their own.

Even if you know a good bit about crocodiles or alligators, chances are that you are going to learn something new since this book also contains caiman and gharial facts and even mentions muggers, which were completely new to me.

The facts come from the text with Stephane Jorisch’s illustrations providing additional humor with love struck google-eyed crocs and crocs wearing a variety of outfits suitable to what ever task they are undertaking in this particular illustration.

Curious kids will benefit from the listing of web sites and books for further reading.  Offer this book up to your reluctant reader who can satisfy his curiosity with one question or four before taking a break.  At just over 2000 words, this probably is not an ideal book for young preschoolers unless you have a kid who is simply crazy to learn more about these amazing animals.   Slightly older readers will find what effects the percentage of male babies vs female babies fascinating.

Heos and Jorisch are also the pair who brought us What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae.

Share this with the young scientist in your life today.




January 30, 2012

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae by Bridget Heos

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae
by Bridget Heos
AR 3.9

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.


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