Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird

(Author) (Photographer)

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Clarion Books
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11.4 X 9.4 X 0.6 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Pamela S. Turner has written numerous books for young readers, including the acclaimed The Frog Scientist and The Dolphins of Shark Bay. She lives in California. Visit her website at

Andy Comins is a photographer whose books include The Frog Scientist and Stronger Than Steel. He lives in California. Visit his website at


Horn Book Fanfare: Best Books of 2016
Nonfiction Detectives: Best of 2016
Nerdy Book Club Nerdies 2016 Longford Nonfiction

* "Turner's friendly, sometimes joking tone effortlessly moves from amusing accounts of crow antics to sophisticated explanations of crow and human evolution. Comins's arresting photographs of the sleek black birds in the island landscapes of New Caledonia highlight their personalities and intelligence."
--Horn Book, STARRED review

* "Required reading for anyone who believes that we are the only, or even the most, sapient species on the planet. Highly recommended for STEM and animal collections."
--School Library Journal, STARRED review

"...[Crow Smarts] also pulls together a wide variety of research on crow behaviors and weaves it seamlessly into the narrative. Detailed sidebars and lively photographs of shiny, bright-eyed crows break up the text while adding interest, and illustrated explanations of crow behavior are illuminating."

"With an approachable writing style and photos of crows festooning almost every page, this engaging volume with attract budding scientists, and the lively descriptions not only of the crows but of the scientists at work will give students plenty to ponder."