What to Expect When You're Expecting Larvae: A Guide for Insect Parents (and Curious Kids)


Congratulations, insect parents-to-be! You're about to meet your squirmy, wormy bundles of joy. They're called larvae. Read this book to find out where to lay your eggs, how many babies to expect, what they'll eat, and how to keep them safe from harm. Whether you're a butterfly or a bee, a moth or a fly, a beetle or even a bloodsucking mosquito, you'll find answers to all your parenting questions here.

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Congratulations, insect parents-to-be! You're about to meet your squirmy, wormy bundles of joy. They're called larvae. Read this book to find out where to lay your eggs, how many babies to expect, what they'll eat, and how to keep them safe from harm. Whether you're a butterfly or a bee, a moth or a fly, a beetle or even a bloodsucking mosquito, you'll find answers to all your parenting questions here.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Although formatted in picture book format, this nonfiction book is clearly most appropriate for middle readers to tackle on their own if they have strong reading skills. Even though technical terms (e.g., chrysalis, metamorphosis, instars) are defined contextually and in a glossary, the blocks of text on the brightly colored pages are dense and contain challenging words such as "horrendous" and "mosquitoes". The author has relied on numerous entomologists for creating the factual information and the illustrations add humor and interest to the descriptions of various kinds of bugs and their life-cycle. Only those bugs that reproduce with larvae (i.e., eggs that turn into grubs, worms, caterpillars, etc.) are addressed; a companion book is available for insects whose young are look-alike miniatures called nymphs. There is enough of a grossness factor to entertain boys (e.g., "I've found the doo doo of my dreams," p. 6), but some female insects also sport make-up and fancy shoes, an effort to amuse girls. In addition to the glossary, the body of text and pictures are followed by a selected bibliography, as well as suggested books and websites for further reading. This would be an appealing addition to a school library. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761358589
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Series: Expecting Animal Babies Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,043,743
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stéphane Jorisch is an illustrator, whose imaginative work has won many awards, including the prestigious Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration in Canada. His works are produced in watercolor, gouache, and also pen and ink, following in the footsteps of his father who illustrated comic strips for newspapers in Europe. In addition to his books for young people, Stéphane also illustrates for magazines and has created designs for the renowned Cirque de Soleil. Stéphane was born in Brussels and grew up in Lachine, Québec. He now lives in Montreal with his girlfriend and their three children.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    A must for bug lovers and curious kids!

    A great informational book for all ages. I would gladly recommend this book for classroom and school libraries. As an educator I loved many elements within this book. Students of all ages are familiar with typical information text but the author's organization use of Question and Answer is unique and allows for a descriptive response that includes humor (which isn't always present when reading non-fiction). This humor is also supported through the illustrations. What to Expect is a great book that will appeal to all genders and will specifically spark interest of boy readers. Who wouldn't love a book that talks about bugs and poop.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

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    Absolutely Five Star!

    Quick Version

    An excellent look at bugs and their larvae, written as if to the expectant bug parents. Fantastic illustrations and text, and it is even fun for the grown-up reading it out loud!

    Long Version

    This is one of the best non-fiction children's books that I have read to my children in a very long time! I anticipated that my fourth graders would be bored with the book, as they are pretty bug savvy fellows, and that they would not appreciate being addressed as prospective parents of bug larvae. By the second page the humorous tone and visual impact of this beautiful picture book drew them in right along with their first grade and pre-school sisters.

    We all noticed, somewhat surprised, the fact that the text contained information about bugs and their babies which we had not ever come across before in a picture book. There was even a tidbit that was new info for my Bugmeister in Residence.

    The illustrations are a couple of my children's (and my) favorite part. Illustrator Stéphane Jorisch employs marvelous, vivid colors and infuses every page with the kind of detail that will keep even non-readers browsing through the book. Each critter seems to possess its own personality thanks to Jorisch's endless store of expressive animal faces.

    Moreover, this book, due to the style of narration, makes it very easy for the reader to have fun with the text. To me, that is the best way to draw children in to the information. They will remember things that made them laugh, even facts about bug larvae, for a very long time.

    Star Ranking: Five stars, absolutely!

    Target Audience: Ages 4-12 (although this mom found it pretty fun too!). It would make a great gift for a kiddo.

    *** First posted on the reviewer's blog, Lit in the Last Frontier, as a result of a 55 day duration e-galley from the publisher.

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