I'll Believe You When . . .

Unbelievable Idioms from Around the World

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A fun-filled book of idioms from around the world that will spark the imagination of readers everywhere and encourage them to delight in language.

You’ve probably heard the expression “when pigs fly,” but have you heard the Spanish phrase “when frogs grow hair” or the Yoruba saying “when chicken have teeth”? A rib-tickling collection of idioms from around the world. But the question is: will you believe them…?

“I loved so much of this book! It’s a funny book about idioms for young children and celebrates diversity in a fun way”—Youth Services Book Review, 5 STARS

“With a world map, exploration of complex and playful language and inclusive illustrations, there is lots to enjoy in this book. There is certainly a lot that will have little ones giggling!”—Father Reading Every Day

“Such a fun book! It will spark the imagination of readers and encourage them to play with language themselves!”—Youth Libraries Group

“A very weird and silly book. If you’ve never heard of idioms you should read this book. After you read it you will have fun making up more silly sentences”—Xavier, Age 5, Kids’ Book Buzz, 5 STARS

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-09-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF058000, JNF052020, JNF069000
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 9.75
Lexile 280
Features Original artwork and Reviewed



“. . . [A] romp featuring diverse children and the creatures and crazy situations from the relevant idiom[s]. . . . A worthwhile addition to ELA classrooms and library shelves.”—Booklist

Author: Susan Schubert

Susan Schubert retired after thirty years as a Kindergarten teacher and currently enjoys her "second career" assisting adult English Language Learners and citizenship candidates. She lives in Maryland with her cat, Hannah.

Illustrator: Raquel Bonita

Raquel Bonita is an illustrator from northern Spain. Her illustrations have received awards at children's book fairs and exhibitions around the world including Portugal, Chile, Korea, China and the UAE.