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Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?: and hundreds more Big Questions from Little People answered by experts Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571301932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571301935
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.8 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

A book like Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am? feeds our desire for understanding and logic rather than simply accepting facts. (Professor Marcus du Sautoy)

Like the best of Pixar's output, it manages to be entertaining for people of all ages; so all-encompassing is its content that it is both an interesting source of facts for kids and, as Alexander Armstrong writes in his introduction, "an arsenal against future questions from the back of the car" ... Necessary reading for all ages. (Four star review) (Matt Lewis Daily Telegraph)

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)

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)

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)

An entertaining and enlightening read. (The Lady)

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Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?: and hundreds more Big Questions from Little People answered by experts, edited by Gemma Elwin Harris, is the essential gift book for all the family, as experts answer impossible questions posed by kids.

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My 6 year old grand daughter had this from me and immediately laughed to find the question she always asks.
How does the Satnav lady know where we are going?
A perfect present for an inquisitive child.
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This was the best book I have ever read. It answered all the questions I needed to know the answers to.
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I bought two copies of this book for two of my grandchildren. They didn't get a look in, the adults were hooked! The children have now taken charge and tell anyone who will listen some very interesting facts. My 30 yr old son now wants one!
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We bought it for our eldest daughter, but flicking through before we gave it to her I became engrossed - what great questions children come up with ( some of them made me laugh out loud - why do butterflies fly like they don't know where they're going?). Equally fascinating is how they're answered and who they're answered by. I love that Quentin Blake was sought to answer the question "Why are Quentin Blake's drawings so messy?"
Luckily dd loves it too - has happily taken it to read in bed...
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This is an absolute must for children and adults alike. A well put together book of easy to ingest knowledge. It is OK to not know everything and with this book there is no longer any need to be caught out by your kids. If you read this review then take my word for it 'buy the book' Buy it as a real book it is so well presented.
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What do David Attenborough, Noam Chomsky, Derren Brown, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart and Heston Blumenthal all have in common? They've all contributed to a great little book where assorted folk give answers to questions about life, the universe and everything by young people aged 11 and under, pulled together to form a solid little hardback. And to make things even better, the profits from the book go to the NSPCC.

Opening it at random, I can discover:

What is DNA?
How come planes don't crash in the sky?
Why are bumble bees disappearing?
Why do stars twinkle
and
Who killed the last dodo?

Although the answers are phrased to be suitable for primary school children, many of the questions will entertain and test any reader. (Speaking of tests, there are some fun little quizzes towards the back.) The topics aren't all science - Miranda Hart, for instance, answers Why is it funny when someone farts? (okay, that is probably psychology, but there are also, for instance, history questions) - but science does rather dominate, which apart from anything reflects how interested young people are in science. If only we could keep that interest alive.

The only real criticism I have is the deeply unsatisfying answer to `What is the whole point of science?' given by biologist John Gurdon, whose entire reply (to a 7-year-old) is `Science makes continuous advances in the quality of life.' That's really not good enough.

It's a great project and makes a lovely present for primary age children.
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I have just given this book to two families as an extra Christmas present. They all love it. And I have really enjoyed watching them dipping into it and laughing - and reading out interesting facts to each other. A brilliant idea. Lively and informative in equal measure.
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A hilarious book full of quizzes and questions all asked by kids. This book is funny and interesting and really clever.
Only thing was I still don't know if my goldfish knows who I am.
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