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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0571288510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571288519
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.9 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Riley is a writer, broadcaster and film maker specialising in the history of science. He holds a doctorate from Imperial College and is a Visiting Professor of Science and Media at the University of Lincoln.

He has directed and produced on over one hundred programmes for the BBC - including their flagship science and technology strand 'Tomorrow's World' and the cult science show 'Rough Science'. He was the producer of the BBC's blockbuster drama documentary 'Space Odyssey - Voyage to the Planets', and conceived, produced and directed on the Sundance award winning feature documentary film 'In the Shadow of the Moon'. He was the producer of the restorated director's cut of NASA's original Apollo doc Moonwalk One, released on DVD for the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2009.

He is the producer and director of the unique Yuri Gagarin 50th Anniversary film project First Orbit; which collaborated with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli to film a new view of what Yuri Gagarin would have seen on his pioneering orbit of the Earth in 1961. The film is available on DVD and BluRay from Amazon, subtitled into 30 languages.

During the summer of 2011 he produced a film with Kevin Fong for BBC TWO on the final flight of NASA's Space Shuttle. In 2012 he produced a film about the Voyager missions for BBC FOUR, presented by Dallas Campbell, and directed a major biopic on Neil Armstrong for the BBC. His 2013 films include 'The Fantastic Mr Feynman' - a biography of the nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, broadcast to celebrate what would have been his 95th birthday.

Chris is the author of more than forty articles and books on astronomy and planetary science and regularly lectures on this and other topics. Chris wrote the chapter on Yuri Gagarin's 1961 visit to London in the 2011 British Council book 'Gagarin in Britain' and co-authored a chapter in the 2012 book International Cooperation for Development of Space, from the Aerospace Technology Working Group, a non-profit Space Policy Program Innovation Centre.

His book for Haynes on Apollo 11 - 'an owner's workshop manual', was published in June 2009 and made it into Amazon's top ten science books of that year. His follow up Haynes manual on the Apollo Lunar Rover came out in 2012.

He is a contributing author to Faber and Faber's 2012 book 'Big Questions from Little People', and their follow up 2013 books 'Does my Goldfish Know who I am?' and 'Why Can't I Tickle Myself'.

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A lovely thing by lovely people for a lovely charity. (Miranda Hart)

Perfect for kids who ask 'Why?' (Dan Snow)

The whole family will be hooked. (Sunday Times Style magazine)

An invaluable spur to asking questions and thinking about answers. (The Guardian)

Certain to give you pause about much of what you thought you knew, or at the very least rekindle that childlike curiosity about and awe at the basic fabric of the world we live in. (Maria Popova Brainpickings.org)

After reading Big Questions... I was reminded of the limitless range of my own ignorance. The things most people don't know you could put in a book. And Faber have. (Telegraph)

Harris has assembled a roster of experts - some celebrities, some not, all eminent in their fields - to provide succinct, accurate replies to the sort of head-scratchers that parents and teachers regularly find themselves presented with by children of primary school age and often struggle to answer. it works a treat. (Financial Times)

An entertaining and enlightening read. (The Lady)

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Big Questions From Little People . . . Answered By Some Very Big People, edited by Gemma Elwin Harris, features real questions from primary school children, each answered by a high-profile thinker or expert in their field. Includes answers from Heston Blumenthal, Kate Humble, Alain de Botton, Richard Dawkins, Bear Grylls, Jacqueline Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Marcus du Sautoy, Noam Chomsky, Jessica Ennis, Derren Brown, Tracey Emin and many more.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Wagner on 12 Oct. 2012
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What a marvellous book to bring out just before Christmas - I found this book quite by chance and it currently lives on the kitchen table because we keep on dipping in to see what more amazing questions are answered so amusingly, but also pretty seriously - it's a lovely book and now when I am setting off to Christmas shop I know that I can fulfil all the requirements for the "what on EARTH am I going to get them" presents. It could have been a book without serious content but as soon as one starts looking one sees that actually the answers are SERIOUS but they work for the level of the questioner - that's clever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben on 29 Oct. 2012
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Absolutely brilliant. A tool for every parent to have, if you know a parent, are a parent or are about to become a parent then buy this book. For you, for them, for anyone.

At some point your inquisitive child will ask you a question that has you stumped - this book has some amazing answers.

My best bit is the appendix, where every question is answered by comedians, a hysterical touch.

Buy it now - and know that a huge potion goes to the NSPCC!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roz on 1 Nov. 2012
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This is honestly the best money I have spent in a long time !!! My 6 year old is so hooked that he is readings the answers himself when I try and stop after 4or 5 .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 May 2014
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"Big Questions from Little People" by Gemma Elwin Harris is a book for all those parents (and actually all have been in that situation) who have many times met with questions of their children that sounded so simple and easy to answer, and yet you didn't know or didn't know how to formulate the answer.
And, of course, for these children as well, to get deserved response nevertheless.

Some of these questions are classic ones like "Why is the sky blue?" or "Why is space so full of sparks?", some seem easy, although difficult to formulate short answer like "Why do have to go the bathroom?" or "Why are the grown-ups in charge?", while some are really tough ones to answer like "Why do wars happen?".

Gemma Elwin Harris has collected thousands of questions from preschool and school children in UK and afterwards sought help from hundreds from experts to answer them in simple language kids can understand.

Due to that, "Big Questions from Little People" is entertaining and fun book to read, full of small simple wisdom, book that you want kids to read which therefore can be recommended for your kids or as nice book gift for someone else's children.

So the next time you overhear that a child asked her/his parents one of these questions, you can offer help or just be happy that thanks to your child you've learned a lot of things that (only) seemed simple to answer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ern on 20 Nov. 2012
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bought this for my mother as a christmas present , it came quickly and was packaged well. the hard back is well worth the investment ,beautiful quality and the book itself is a laugh to read and soemtimes really makes you think . i cant wait to give it too her so we can talk about it as ive already read it through :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda Withinshaw on 17 Nov. 2012
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This is a perfect present for children between about 8-13. The questions are good fun and the answers are informative/humorous and let children know that there is still so much to be discovered about the world and how things work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny O. on 9 Oct. 2014
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Our then-9-years old twins carried this book with them EVERYwhere they went for months after receiving it, read it out loud to us as we cooked supper, or while travelling… We adults found some of the answers a bit trite or not really to the point. But all in all a great read for big and little ones alike!
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Being a parent I've been stumped aplenty by the fiendishly clever/obvious/elusive/bizaare questions my 5, 7 and 11 year old have asked. This is THE MUST HAVE resource for parents looking for the answers to life, the universe and the downright bizaare.

Great for bedtime/train travelling/holiday/on the toilet reading and for the casual read - though make sure you have time because once you start reading you won't be able to stop! The book answers those things that you've perhaps always wondered about as a kid and never sought the answer to (but wish you had).

A great present for birthdays and christmas. And one bonus side effect from reading this? You'll always have something interesting to talk about at dinner parties...
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