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What to Expect When You're Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents

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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 wallab ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Millbrook Press (Tm)
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Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this was really adorable and just right for curious little kids. I see a few reviews complaining about it not being informative enough for book reports but I didn't get the impression at all that that was the intention behind it, I thought it was just a fun book trying to teach kids about the variety of marsupials and how they live and grow, and I think it did that very successfully. It's approachable enough for little ones but informative enough to be interesting for the grow-ups who ...more
The Library Lady
Kirkus, I don't know who's to blame for the reviews in recent times, but you've become as unreliable IMHO as School Library Journal of late. A starred review?

A grown up will get the "what to expect" humor of this, the kids it's aimed at won't. The arch tone, the tiny type and the detailed information will make this unappealing and inaccessible to young children. There's tons of information of interest for older students but the format won't make it useful as a report resource. And the cover art
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ca ...more
Sue Morris
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book will explain to you nearly everything you have ever wanted to know about marsupial parents and their newborn kids. To start, one must know which animals are marsupials. Most all know about koalas and kangaroos. There are others: possums, opossums, wallabies, wombats and Tasmanian devils are a few. All live in Australia or South America, except one. The Virginia Opossum lives in North America where people often call them giant rats, despite not being a rodent.

The author goes on to expla
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book tongue-in-cheek book is written to marsupial parents. She explains how they are different from other mammals and what will happen when their babies are born. This is a great way to introduce children to marsupials.

Written as advice for marsupial parents, Bridget Heos begins by telling marsupials how they differ from other mammals. She describes what they should expect when their babies are born. Newborn marsupial babies are called pinkies. Later they are called joeys. Pinkies are furle
Bridget Heos
Sep 21, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
A starred review from Kirkus...

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING JOEYS (reviewed on September 15, 2011)

Directed at marsupial parents of all kinds, from kangaroos and koalas to possums and bandicoots, this tongue-in-cheek guide to joey development takes it step by step, from the birth of your pinkie to where your baby goes after it leaves the pouch.

Never once dropping the pretense that this is written for pouched mammals, this manages to be both entertaining and informative, defining marsupia
What I thought this book was, and what it was were two different things.
I expected a book about a kangaroo mom having a baby. Well, in part that's right. I didn't know it was non-fiction, because the cover was misleading.

I chose this book for the front cover, as many people do. I thought it was a picture book. With the illustrations on the front, it looked to me like this was for a young child whose mom was going to have a baby, seeing a Kangaroo have a baby and then relating it to their situati
Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I'll say right off the bat that I had no problem with the content. The format is fun and informative. The information was accurate and the question and answer format was interesting. I did learn things I didn't know, for example, I didn't realize that some marsupials such as wombats and koalas have pouches that face down/backwards. Unfortunately, the illustration on page 11 contradicts this. I understand the intention was to create cute illustrations and Jorisch succeeded, but I think they could ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
My Review: The author gives a step by step guide on marsupial parents. Marsupials gives birth to very tiny babies that sometimes grow in a pouch, like Kangaroos, Virginia opossum, Wallaby, Koalas to name a few. The Kangaroos are mostly found in South America and Australia. The Virginia opossum are the only marsupials found in North America.
Some gives birth to more than 20 but not all survive. She goes on to explain about the pouches most marsupials have to carry their babies in. And not all mars
If you’re a new marsupial parent (or a curious kid) this book is for you. It discusses how various species of marsupials raise their young – from pinkie to joey to adult. Framed as a series of questions marsupial parents might ask about what to expect, this guides new parents through their babies’ milestones and alleviates any fears they may have about how to care for them. Informative and clever, this book will introduce readers to a variety of species of marsupials (have you ever heard of a du ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book (and series) is just a little but off, trying to be an information book, yet chatty. Even the glossary was chatty! I did learn some things I didn't know about marsupials. While I appreciate the white space around the text, I think it would be easier to read if the font was larger and the illustrations smaller.
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A lot of very interesting marsupial facts in a very entertaining format. This is a book for reading or browsing, rather than reports, but readers may want to learn more after reading. Fortunately, the author has provided a very nice bibliography, so kids will have an easy time figuring out where to go next.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
An informative book about marsupial babies. Might be good for a report on marsupials in general but not the greatest for a report on just one type of marsupial because it gives tid bits about all kinds of marsupials. Pictures were not my favorite but did illustrate the animals well and give them expressions. A little bit different layout with slightly larger text would have improved it for me.
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book, and it did have lots of good information, but the parody fell flat with my five-year-old (obviously). I found the parody a little extreme, myself. Also, the colloquial tone made it a little hard for him to understand, and I found myself translating it into plain, straightforward English so he could understand it better. Plain and sensible is best.
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Hmm. What can I say about this book? It was cute. Formatted in a question and answer style accompanied by adorable illustrations. But as an informational book, I think occasional phonographs would have added a bit to the explanations. This book was more of a book for kids who are casually seeking knowledge on marsupials and not for those who are doing reports. (book courtesy of Netgalley)
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is really cute. It has questions that a marsupial mom or dad might ask about their expected baby. My favorite questions are "What if I don't have a pouch? Help! I've looked everywhere!" and "What will my babies do inside my pouch or on my belly all day?".
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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This is an interesting spin on presenting the reproductive qualities of marsupials. It's a Q&A format written as a guide for marsupial parents and curious kids. There were facts I did not know prior to reading this, and the illustrations are cartoonish in nature, but informative as well.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a really different presentation of an informational book for children. I myself didn't know that 20 newborn oppossum joeys can fit into a teaspoon! I'd recommend this for kids 8 & up.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just learned so many things!
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