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Do you want fun facts about brains? And about animal minds in particular? Then you need the picture book by Jocelyn Rish and David Creighton-Pester that is called, Battle of the Brains: The Science Behind Animal Minds.
And while it could have used some more humor (though brains are hard to be funny about, since they are seriously interesting), it still has some funny moment and is an interesting book to read. We follow a handful of different animas (from a grey parrot to an elephant and even a jumping spider), and you the reader, when all the facts are on the table (or the pages that have some fun and silly illustrations that Creighton-Pester lovingly put together), get to decide who has the best brain. Is it the grey parrot that can do tasks equal to an eight-year-old child? Or the jumping spider that can go miles out of its way, losing sight of its prey, and still able to eventually find it? Or would it be the dolphin? Elephant? Or one of the other fantastic and amazing creatures?
I will not tell you which animal I felt was the coolest, just because it was hard to choose and I don’t want to cloud your choice, but I will say that they are all really awesome animals with beautiful mind and I highly recommend this book (It is a 4.5 out of 5 as the artwork is a little “young” for me, but works for kids). Great for most ages, but the older reader might be a smidgen turned off by the picture book format. But it is crammed with information, so can be adapted for all ages. Now while I prefer (since I got a real gas out of it) Battle of the Butts: The Science Behind Animal Behinds, (because BUTTS!), I like Brains as well maybe not only was I a 10-year-old boy in a former life (butts!) I was a zombie, too?