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Review of Moth: An Evolution Story

Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas; illus. by Daniel Egnéus Primary    Bloomsbury    48 pp.    g 6/19    978-1-5476-0020-5    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0024-3    $13.29 “This is a story of light and dark. Of change and adaptation, of survival and hope.” In a shadowy (pre-industrial) wood, a peppered moth — its “speckled, freckled” wing patterns wonderfully detailed […]


Bonner, Hannah  When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big, & When Dinos Dawned: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life on Earth Gr. 4–6     128 pp.     National Geographic New ed. Bonner’s excellent trilogy (published between 2004 and 2012) of the evolution of life from 430 to 65 million years ago — the rise and fall of […]

Tom Sullivan on I Used to Be a Fish

In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Danielle J. Ford asked author/illustrator Tom Sullivan about the origins of his new picture book I Used to Be a Fish. Read the full starred review (and don’t miss this silliness). Danielle J. Ford: This is your first picture book. Of all the topics out there — why evolution? […]

Review of I Used to Be a Fish

I Used to Be a Fish by Tom Sullivan; illus. by the author Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    48 pp. 10/16    978-0-06-245198-9    $17.99 A simple, cartoonlike fish prompts musings on the history of human evolution. The text fancifully traces a fish in the water who “got tired of swimming” all the way up in its evolution […]

Disco fish

I cannot see this new picture book (which was starred in the November/December 2016 Horn Book Mag) and not have this song in my head. Oddly fitting, given the book’s subject — evolution. “At first I was a fish / I was petrified…” Which of course makes me think of this. And so the day […]