Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel

by Nancy Castaldo

In this fascinating nonfiction account, author Nancy F. Castaldo reveals just what's going on inside the minds of animals, and through understanding animal intelligence we discover more about ourselves, including far more similarities than one might expect.  Humans may have the biggest brains, but intelligence is not a quality exclusive to only us!


  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544633353
  • ISBN-10: 0544633350
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication Date: 02/07/2017
  • Carton Quantity: 20

About the book

In Beastly Brains, Castaldo delves into the minds of animals and explores animal empathy, communication, tool use, and social societies through interviews and historical anecdotes. Researchers from Charles Darwin to Jane Goodall have spent years analyzing the minds of animals, and today’s science is revolutionizing old theories and uncovering surprising similarities to our own minds. Humans are not alone in our ability to think about ourselves, make plans, help each other, or even participate in deception. You’ll think differently about the animals on this planet—maybe it’s their world and we’re just living in it! 


About the author
Nancy Castaldo

Nancy Castaldo has been writing about the planet for decades. She's contributed to the Sierra Club Waste Paper, NRDC's Personal Action column, and others. She is the author of many STEM books including, Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World, Back from The Brink: Saving Animals From Extinction, and Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley. Website: Twitter: @NCastaldoAuthor Instagram: @naturespeak


* "This eye-opening, cogent, and well-structured volume will enlighten students to both the richness of the animal kingdom and the nature of intelligence itself." 

Booklist, STARRED review 


"Castaldo (The Story of Seeds) presents a thought-provoking look at the minds and perceptions of animals, as well as the way human understanding of the subject has evolved...

—Publishers Weekly 


"The information is conveyed in an enticing way that is sure to spark the interest of aspiring naturalists and researchers... A fascinating take on animal science for tween and teen zoologists." 

School Library Journal