You’re Invited to a Moth Ball : A Nighttime Insect Celebration – Loree Griffin Burns, photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz


  You’re Invited to a Moth Ball : A Nighttime Insect Celebration – Loree Griffin Burns, photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz.  Charlesbridge, 2020. 9781580896863

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Nonfiction

What did you like about the book?  Noted science writer Burns sets the stage for a really simple and fun event for young entomologists in this photoessay.  Readers are invited to a Moth Ball, which is a backyard science experiment to attract and study the moths native to anyone’s neighborhood.  Labeled photographs show the supplies that are needed, and the kid-friendly text provides step-by-step instructions to set up and prepare for the moths’ arrival, including how to make the bait with rotting bananas and brown sugar, and the right way to treat the winged guests.  Moth facts are interspersed throughout, in fact boxes such as ‘Moths versus butterflies,’ and a detailed diagram of the life cycle and body parts of a moth.

Close-up photos of the moths and their observers bring real appeal to the prospect of hosting a Moth Ball.  Detailed instructions (more for the grown-ups, such as the best type of light bulbs for attracting the bugs, etc.) are included in the back; lengthy notes from both author and illustrator are enlightening.  A glossary and a list of suggested resources round out the back matter.  I truly appreciate that Burns and Harasimowicz have teamed up on a book more accessible to younger readers than previous outings, and I hope this is the start of a series of sorts!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No… it makes me want to get close to moths!

To whom would you recommend this book? Young insect fans, elementary science teachers teaching insects or life cycles, and families looking for a fun outdoor summer evening project will be inspired!

Who should buy this book?  Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  nonfiction – Dewey #595.78

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Leigh King, Lincoln St. Elementary School, Northborough, Mass.

Date of review: 3/31/2020

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