You're invited to a moth ball : a nighttime insect celebration / Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz.

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      Summary: "RSVP and join the ball--a moth ball--and study backyard moths. Captivating photographs show how to lure in moths in order to study and appreciate them. Approachable text with direct address to the reader shows the magic of being a citizen scientist right in your own back yard."-- Provided by publisher.
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      You are invited to a moth ball.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2

*Starred Review* What's a moth ball? It's a party that provides opportunities for people to study moths at night. While this fully illustrated book lets readers experience a moth ball vicariously, its primary purpose is to show them how to plan and carry out their own events. First, the hosts "invite" moths by making a concoction of rotting bananas and brown sugar and brushing it onto trees and fences. Next, they set up a moth viewing area (a sheet hung from a clothesline and lit by "a special light bulb or two") nearby. Then, at night, people closely observe the moths that gather there. The text and illustrations highlight the anatomy of moths and how they differ from butterflies. With many large, appealing photos that show a group of kids happily involved in preparations during the day and enjoying the event at night, this volume has an inviting look, reflecting the encouraging tone of the text. While most hands-on science books present many familiar projects in quick succession and without much explanation, this volume does a thorough job of explaining a novel project and, through the illustrations, making every stage of the process look like fun. A handsome guidebook with an engaging approach to nature study. Grades 2-4. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2020 #4

With her latest book, Burns (Tracking Trash, rev. 3/07; The Hive Detectives, rev. 5/10) has earned the right to add Master Party Planner to her resume. Here she hosts a "moth ball," a STEM-friendly activity in which a group of youngsters observes moths in action on a summer night. They whip up a yummy snack for the insects (nectar made from rotten bananas and brown sugar); smear the food on tree trunks and fence posts to attract the moths; hang up a white backdrop (in this case, a sheet); illuminate it; wait for dark; and observe a number and variety of moths settling on the backdrop or on nectar-laden trees. Sharp photographs depict the group of children as they plan and execute their evening activity, as well as the variety of moths encountered, showcasing these insects both at true size and magnified. DIY directions for creating such gatherings are repeated in an appendix, and all the equipment necessary is detailed and photographed within the text. Burns's use of direct address and her light conversational tone invite readers to join the scientific festivities throughout the book; the text is unfailingly encouraging and enthusiastic ("Hey, is it dark outside yet? Great. Let's go mothing!"). Additional appendices include a diagram of the moth life cycle, a labeled photograph showing the parts of a moth, a glossary, resources (including a website) with additional photographs, and notes from both author and photographer. Betty Carter July/August 2020 p.149 Copyright 2020 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.