NOTE: The following book was a free copy sent to me by Owl Kids, for review. I received no compensation for my review, nor have I in any way been influenced by Owl Kids regarding the nature of my review.
Why? : The Best Ever Question and Answer Book About Nature, Science and The World Around You. 10th Anniversary Edition.
Illus. Scot Ritchie.
Toronto: Owlkids Books, Inc., 2010.
- Why is soap so slippery?
- Why do dandelions turn white and fluffy?
- Is there a man in the moon?
- Because invisible figure-skating pixies love playing with it.
- Because it’s winter in dandelion world.
Ok, fine – if you want the science-y answers, Catherine Ripley can tell you all about sliding water molecules and flying seeds and lunar geography. Seriously, though, it’s cool stuff! And Ripley explains it in a way that’s understandable to all ages.
But what about a question like, “Why do I have to go to the bathroom?” For some, the answer might be, “Gee, look at the time, I’m late for…something. Bye!” Not Ripley, though – she handles the question both honestly and appropriately, without getting TMI.
(Don’t worry – “Where do babies come from?” isn’t in this book)
Overall, the questions (which were actually sent in by actual kids!) are divided into six sections – Bathtime, Supermarket, Nighttime, Outdoor, Kitchen, and Farm Animal – and at the end of each section, Ripley adds a few extra facts for curious readers.
And for even more Q&A awesomeness, readers can look forward to How? : The Most Awesome Question and Answer Book about Nature, Animals, People, Places – and You! Coming to booksellers May 2012!
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Image credit: Yumeka, “How Understandable is Anime Iconography?” Mainichi Anime Yume: Anime reveals truths that reality obscures. Posted June 21, 2010. Accessed Dec. 14, 2011.