Castaldo, Nancy F. Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. $16.99. 160p. ISBN 978-0-544-63335-3. Ages 12-14. P5Q6
Vertict: Although the title of this book promises an exploration of animals, it concentrates on mammals—specifically primates, dogs, and a bit of discussion about elephants and dolphins. She tosses out a few pages about earthworms, bees, and corvids (specifically magpies and crows) while rehashing older material about the brains of the larger mammals. Sidebars are out of sync with the text which goes from technical to simplistic. Colorful photographs makes flipping through the books better than reading it.
March 2017 review by Nel Ward.