Title: The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife
Author: Lucy Cooke
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Basic Books
Date Started: August 4, 2018
Date Finished: August 28, 2018
*I would like to thank the publisher, author, and NetGalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This is the book I have been waiting for my entire life. I love crazy animal stories as much as the next person, but The Truth About Animals brought a whole new level to the genre that has yet to be reached. This book dives into the forgotten history and little known facts about some of the most misunderstood animals, in order to increase awareness and respect for some of the most amazing organisms that roam the planet (and yes, before you ask, the moose was indeed one of them).
What struck me immediately was the level of detail and the artful manner in which Cooke (a biologist and who studied under Richard Dawkins at Oxford) tells the stories of “less delightful” animals. She begins the book with the tale of the search for the eel’s gonads, which I had no idea were even missing. The mature humor was astounding and left me literally laughing out loud in the middle of busy train station.
And it only gets better from there. While most animals touched on fall under the vertebrate category and very few outside of the mammals, I found this read to be both engrossing and delightfully entertaining. I can easily say that this book ranks top for me in animal fact books.
Overall, 4.5/5 moose