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Big Questions From Little People . . . Answered By Some Very Big People [Hardcover]

Gemma Elwin Harris , Sir David Attenborough , Bear Grylls , Miranda Hart
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4 Oct 2012

Children have a knack of asking great, but challenging, questions: Why is the sea salty? How far away is space? Why can't I tickle myself? What makes me me?

But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert and ask them to answer on our behalf.

This book gathers over 100 real questions from children and puts them to some of our best-loved and most knowledgeable experts. Alain de Botton explores 'How are dreams made?', Kate Humble explains 'Why do lions roar?' and Heston Blumenthal answers 'Why do we cook food?'

Their answers to the Big Questions - some complex, some searching, some surreal and some just plain cute - make this an essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of life, the universe and why cakes taste so nice.

Includes answers from Sir David Attenborough, Dame Kelly Holmes, Bear Grylls, Derren Brown, Noam Chomsky, Dr Richard Dawkins, Alain de Botton, Annabel Karmel, Jacqueline Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Marcus du Sautoy, Jessica Ennis, Marcus Chown, Tracey Emin, Harry Hill, Dr Christian Jessen and many more.

For each book sold a minimum of 67% of net royalty income is donated to the NSPCC

(Registered Charity Numbers 216401 & SC037717)

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0571288510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571288519
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,172 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Got to have this! 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for curious kids ever 1 Nov 2012
By Roz
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for Parents (and children) alike 29 Oct 2012
By Ben
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 20 Nov 2012
By Ern
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 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
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Loads of difficult questions answered in a fun way! If you've got kids, this is one of the books for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 23 Nov 2012
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Very informative and written in such a way that both adults and children will constantly dip in and out of this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Jun 2014
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My son loves this book. Makes a great present for kids in his class too. Lots of interesting facts. Good cause too.
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