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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is our feature interview that will be happening with all of the book authors, illustrators and poets we love! Today the Turkeybird is extremely excited to share an interview with one of his very favorite authors, Bridget Heos. Her most recently published picture book is one we just reviewed last week, What to Expect When Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (And Curious Kids), and the Turkeybird cannot get enough of it. Being the curious kid he is it’s the perfect book for him to spend soaking up new and interesting information. When Bridget agreed to the interview he was obviously very excited! So, without further hesitation on my part, Bridget Heos…

1. Why do you like to write? It’s fun.

Typing is kind of like playing the piano.

2. Bugs or Marsupials?


3. Why?

They are like aliens and aliens are awesome.

4. Did you have to touch lots of bugs for your bug book?

Yes! I raised silkworms, waxworms, and ladybugs. The silkworms went on the morning news with me, and I named them after the newscasters.

5. Was it icky?

The silkworms and ladybugs were cute. The waxworms looked globby. My six year old picked them up for me. He thought they were adorable!

6. Have you seen a marsupial in real life? (I think that would be so neat!)

I’ve seen an opossum running under a bush. I also saw one hissing in a trap. The trapper was going to release it into the wild. In the meantime, it was mad! I’ve also seen kangaroos at the Kansas City Zoo. You can walk pretty close to the mob. There is no fence because they don’t hop away.

7. When you were my age did you like to read?

Yes! I loved to read.

8. Crayons or Markers?


9. Why?

Markers lose their color but even the tiniest piece of crayon is still a crayon.

10. What’s your favorite color?

Red orange.

11. What is/was your favorite book to read to your sons at my age?

We loved The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. Now I read the Origami Yoda books to my older sons, who are 9 and 11. My youngest son reads to me! Recently, he read me Seasons by Blexbolex.

12. Slides or swings?


13. Why?

I went on too many rides one time at a carnival. Now, swings make me dizzy. But I can still slide until the cows come home.

14. Do you have a favorite treat? (Mine is anything chocolate!)


15. I love to collect rocks!

Do you like rocks? Yes, I love rocks.

16. Why?

You can sometimes see ancient ocean creatures on them. Maybe there are some on your rocks?

17. Do you have a favorite thing to learn about? (I like learning how things work. All kinds of things.)

Well, I get to learn about lots of cool things by writing nonfiction. For fun, I also read about humans that lived a long time ago.

18. Why?

I like thinking about how things change but stay the same.

19. What’s your favorite thing to do outside?

Watch my sons play football and walk with my friend Kara.

20. What are you writing right now?

I’m writing What to Expect When You’re Expecting Chicks: a Guide for Penguin Parents (and Curious Kids). It comes out next year, along with a book in the series about baby crocodiles.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Thank you for answering all my questions Ms. Heos! I’m super super excited for your penguin book! I’ve been reading about puffins and birds a lot and a book all about penguins would be so cool!

“I did check all of my rocks and didn’t find any old ocean creatures, but now I’m going to look for some. We live by the ocean and so maybe I can find one super quick! That would be so so neat!

“I’m hoping my mom and dad will take me to the zoo some time soon so I can see a real life marsupial. Thank you so so so much for your new fun book and for your great answers! I’m going to make sure my mom gets your new book about penguins as soon as it’s out!”

Find What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (And Curious Kids) (Expecting Animal Babies) by Bridget Heos and Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Today’s post is part of our month long celebration of Lerner Publishing Group for our monthly feature “Book Publishers 101“. Make sure to stop by the Lerner Publishing Group Site for more information about this title and more. For more information about our Book Publishers 101 feature take a look at this month’s opening post.

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