Books by Rob Laidlaw

BAT CITIZENS by Rob Laidlaw
Released: May 11, 2018

"Look to this eye-catching book to be convinced of the wonders of the bat and how they are deserving of protection, but be prepared for advocacy. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Chock-full of bat facts and photographs, this nonfiction book for young readers makes the case for bat conservation, including challenges that face the species and possible solutions. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2016

"Art and text create a moving tale. (index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo are moved to a sanctuary in California. Read full book review >
5 ELEPHANTS by Rob Laidlaw
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A worthy book that encourages ethical thinking about elephants. (resources, glossary, bibliography, index, image credits) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A primer on elephants and a plea to help them. Read full book review >
CAT CHAMPIONS by Rob Laidlaw
Released: March 1, 2014

"The straightforward message, good examples and plentiful resources may well combine to inspire new advocates. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
As he did in No Shelter Here (2012), Laidlaw offers a brief history and basic details about a particular kind of companion animal (in this case, cats) and recognizes individuals and organizations who advocate and care for them. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2012

"A worthy overview that may well inspire readers to become 'Dog Champions.' (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12) "
An informative and visually varied introduction to problems affecting dogs worldwide. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 9, 2008

A caged lion pacing back and forth on a worn path and dolphins swimming in unending circles are captive animals exhibiting "stereotypies," or repetitive abnormal behaviors. These disturbing behaviors are a common sight in many zoos. Laidlaw effectively captures the plight faced by captive wild animals, even in major, apparently high-quality zoos. In four riveting chapters he explores first the general issues of life in captivity, then addresses specific, often severe, problems faced by polar bears, elephants, dolphins and Great Apes. He goes on to discuss types of zoos and their particular flaws, then concludes with advice for readers on objective evaluation of the zoos they visit and offers a list of ten ways to help animals in captivity. Ample white space on each page and numerous, well-placed color photographs add to the readability; fact boxes on many pages provide additional details. This eye-opening look at zoo issues will strike a chord with readers and would be a useful addition to most collections. (glossary, index, list of animal-welfare organizations) (Nonfiction. 9 & up) Read full book review >