Would You Rather Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot?

Dung Beetle

Last night, ML brought a notebook in my bedroom and started asking me “Would you rather questions?”  Would you rather bathe in a bathtub full of leeches or one full of worms?  Would you rather drink milk for the rest of your life or lemonade?  Plus a lot more that I can’t remember because I was half asleep.

This morning I read a book called Would You Rather Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot? by Camilla de la Bedoyere and illustrated by Mel Howells.  The Would You Rather. . .  series is perfect for the elementary set.  Since, kindergarten I’ve heard ML and her friends quizzing each other other on their preferences.

Tonight, I’ll ask ML “Would you rather questions?”  I ‘m certain of a few of her answers.  She loves snails; so I know she would prefer to live with a snail than a family of termites.  Seeing that we are in soccer season, I feel certain ML would prefer a millipede as a sister than a stick insect as a brother.  Imagine what her team could do if they had a bug with up to 750 legs on the team.  There is no question, she would definitely prefer to cartwheel like a flic-flack spider.  I think her record is five in a row.  She loved to do more than twenty-five in a row.  The big question is would ML rather dine with a dung beetle or lunch with a maggot.  I can’t even begin to guess her answer.

I was already considering a library program about bugs next spring.  Now, it’s official.  I will be reading Would You Rather. . . Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot? to kindergarten – fifth graders.


  1. Glad to hear you like the book, and I hope it goes down well at the library – it was great fun to write. You might also find ‘Beasties in the Backyard’ a useful book for your library bug program; it’s less quizzical and more factual, so useful for answering some of more straightforward nature-based questions! Camilla de la Bedoyere

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s