What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Daniel Egnéus

h1 June 14th, 2019 by jules

“When the sun rose, the peppered moths dozed on lichen-covered branches.
Silent, still, they hid.
Someone else was looking for food.
Who was the best hidden? Who would survive?”

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Over at Kirkus today, I’ve got a new book celebrating math by Spanish author-illustrator Miguel Tanco.

That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Isabel Thomas’s Moth: An Evolution Story (Bloomsbury, June 2019), illustrated by Daniel Egnéus. Here today at 7-Imp are some spreads from the book.



“Six little legs uncurled. Two tiny antennae unfurled. And four salt and pepper wings stretched and quivered in the breeze. But hungry predators were nearby.”
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“Every year, the same thing happened. Hundreds of tiny eggs hatched. The moths with the best camouflage survived long enough to have offspring and pass on their salt and pepper wings. This is why most peppered moths were speckled and freckled.
But then the world began to change.”

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“… people decided to clean up the air. They burned less coal and found new ways to power machines. Year by year by year cities grew greener. The air all around became cleaner. And the trees shed their sooty bark.”
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MOTH: AN EVOLUTION STORY. Text copyright © 2018 by Isabel Thomas. Illustrations © 2018 by Daniel Egnéus and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, New York.

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