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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (And Curious Kids)
by Bridget Heos and Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

Published by Millbrook Press (An imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
Pages: 32
Ages: 7-11
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summmary:

Congratulations, marsupial parents-to-be! You’re about to meet your tiny bundles of joy. They’re called joeys. Some are as small as a grain of rice when they’re born! Read this book to find out how many babies to expect, how to help them find your pouch, and what those little joeys will do in there all day long. Whether you’re a possum or an opossum, a kangaroo or a wallaby, a koala or even a shrieking Tasmanian devil, you’ll find answers to all your parenting questions here.

The Turkeybird Talks: “This is one of the best books ever! When my mom brought it out to read to us Littlebug thought it was too long, but I didn’t! I keep asking my mom to read it over and over and over again because it’s so good!

“There are all kind of animals in this book that my mom says are called marsupials, but that’s a really hard word for me so I just say animal for now. They’re all animals that have their babies grow outside of their tummies. Isn’t that so cool! Lots have these pockets on their bellies that the babies grow in, like kangaroos. I love hopping around like a kangaroo, but you’ve got to be careful because your baby might fall out if you hop too much. It happens to me all the time! There are other animals that have babies hanging on to their backs or tummies if they don’t have a pouch. And did you know that some of them have 20 babies at a time! That’s so crazy!

“I love this book! Every day I ask my mom to read it and I think I will ask her tomorrow too. I like it because I always learn something new every time I read it.”

Mom’s Two Cents: “Inquisitive kiddos want to fill their minds with bits of knowledge that will not only entertain them but be great conversation starters where ever they may travel. In What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (And Curious Kids) the author, Bridget Heos along with the illustrator, Stéphane Jorisch, do just that. Together they’ve created a non-fiction picture book for learning seekers who have a burning desire to know more about the animals (or marsupials in this case) in the world around them.

“So, when the Turkeybird says he asks me over and over and over to read this book, he’s not lying. There has rarely been a day go by in the last month or more where he hasn’t asked to read this book. It’s incredible! We’ll be driving somewhere and he’ll randomly mention what a burrow is or nectar. What’s even better is that he cannot seem to get enough of those little bits of information he gathers every time he reads through What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (And Curious Kids). By no means do I think he understands all of the book and the many aspects of childbirth in marsupials, but he’s learning and exited about it. That to me is worth it’s weight in gold.

“Bridget Heos has created a non-fiction picture book that reads like fiction for children. Yes, it’s lengthy. No, you wouldn’t guess that from the number of pages for the book, but upon opening the story you’ll discover treasure troves of information every where. My guess is that this is the exact reason Littlebug (now just around age two and a half) doesn’t enjoy reading this one yet, because of the lengthy text. Give her two years and she may be reacting in a completely different way, perhaps much like her older brother at four and a half. This is definitely a picture book for older children and one I’d highly recommend for classroom teaching as well as in the home.

“Interested in learning about marsupials or know a child who loves animals? Than What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (And Curious Kids) by Bridget Heos and Stéphane Jorisch is the perfect book for you! With non-fiction presented in a fun and sometimes silly way the text, though lengthy at times, becomes something young readers will not only learn from but thoroughly enjoy. My very own Turkeybird cannot get enough of learning about baby marsupials, joeys, koala bears, opossums and all of the interesting things that come with having a baby marsupial. Especially useful for teachers, librarians and parents who love to teach their children new things, What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (And Curious Kids) by Bridget Heos is the perfect addition to any home or public library and/or classroom.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 5-12. Perfect for knowledge seeking kiddos, especially those interested in animals and nature. A non-fiction picture book full to the brim with resources and information readers won’t get tired of reading about.

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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5 Responses to Book Review: What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys by Bridget Heos

  1. How cool. How interesting that he likes it so much too. Great review.

  2. Fun book! RT @the1stdaughter: Book Review: What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys by Bridget Heos http://t.co/ghknWt9i

  3. Ellen says:

    i actually found the best christmas gift for my brother! thanks for the idea, i have to purchase this book as soon as possible. They’re expecting a baby and they are really afraid!:)

  4. Cute! I LOVE his quote for this. Very enthusiastic.

  5. […] 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 […]

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