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Isabel Thomas, Daniel Egnéus (Illustrator)


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“A rare pleasure … a true story of adaptation and hope.” —Wall Street Journal

Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Selection.

“This is a story of light and dark…”

Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change...

Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive?

A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children.

A 2020 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist!
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2019!
A Horn Book Best Book of 2019!
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2019!

Praise For Moth

“* From its striking silver-plated cover on, this is a stunner. . . A gorgeous blend of text and illustrations and a wonderfully successful introduction to nonfiction for younger readers.” - Booklist, starred review

“* Gorgeous mixed-media illustrations . . . Thomas deftly builds an easily understandable explanation of natural selection into the well-paced narrative.” - Horn Book Magazine, starred review

“* A strikingly illustrated story of survival and adaptation.” - Foreword Reviews, starred review

“* This superb book, with its message of hope, is a standout.” - School Library Connection, starred review

“* Egnéus creates stunning visuals that feel soft and organic, yet also intricate and precise…. A deeply fulfilling look at the ups and downs of natural selection.” - Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Egnéus' lovely illustrations—in traditional mixed media and Photoshop—provide a stylized overview of the moth's adaptive journey. . . A fascinating story with striking visuals.” - Kirkus Reviews

“This text will enhance any juvenile nonfiction collection.” - School Library Journal

“This stylish, atmospheric picture book . . . adds nuance to evolution books for children.” - BCCB

“Sophisticated effect . . . Eye-catching introduction to Darwinian evolution.” - Publishers Weekly

Bloomsbury Children's Books, 9781547600205, 48pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

About the Author

Isabel Thomas is a science writer and the author of a galaxy of books for young audiences. They include Moth: An Evolution Story, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus, which won the AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books. She also writes for science magazines including The Week Junior Science + Nature and creates STEM outreach resources for organizations such as the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the BBC. Isabel studied Human Sciences at the University of Oxford and Education Research at the University of Cambridge. |@isabelwriting