TITLE: Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives
Author: Karen Shanor & Jagmeet Kanwal
Publication Date: 2010
Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animal's Inner Lives is an uneven collection of random animal behaviour facts grouped into themed chapters, rather than a cohesive book on animal behaviour.
I found this book to be rather frustrating and annoying. All the information presented in the book has the potential to be interesting, but a lot of the topics were only covered in passing, with little depth and the reader would really like to know more. On occasion, some of the topics would just break off. The writing style was also somewhat erratic, with some sections reading like a kiddies book, while other sections read more like a standard popular science book. Apparently, no editor went anywhere near this book!
While the book is interesting, it would probably work better as a bathroom reader or when you only have time for short sections at a go, otherwise the lists of animal facts would become rather boring.