WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING LARVAE by Bridget Heos

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING LARVAE

A Guide for Insect Parents (and Curious Kids)
From the "Expecting Animal Babies" series
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

A spoof on the popular parenting books, this answers the burning questions of insect parents-to-be and is chock full of fascinating (and sometimes disgusting) facts that are sure to grab human readers’ interest. From where to lay the eggs and how many there will be, to what the larvae will eat, what will eat them and how they will stay safe, this covers it all for butterflies, bees, moths, flies, beetles and mosquitoes. Folding in facts comes easily to Heos, for whom this is her first picture book. She manages to pack in explanations of survival, the food chain, camouflage, disguise and metamorphosis. There’s even a little history lesson involving beetles and book glue. Throughout, the tongue-in-cheek humor will keep readers engaged, while the facts and vocabulary will please educators. What Jorisch’s brilliantly colored insects lack in realism, they more than make up for in personality. The anthropomorphized bugs add to the tongue-in-cheek parody and also provide some great mnemonics for remembering the information presented. Backmatter includes a glossary, selected bibliography and a list of resources for further reading. Lumping together the many insects whose life cycles include the larval stage makes this more of an overview/introduction rather than a resource, but it is a humorous one certain to entertain and maybe even spark some interest. (Informational picture book. 6-11)
Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7613-5858-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Millbrook
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2011




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