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More questions from children, answered by some really smart guys

 

  • Full title: Does my goldfish know who I am?: and hundreds more Big Questions from Little People answered by experts
  • Author: Gemma Elwin Harris (editor) and several others
  • Year: 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-574-30195-9
  • Amazon customer rating at the time of writing this review: 3.5 out of 5 (11 reviews)

What?

The follow-up to Big Questions from Little People. More little people asking questions on life, the universe and everything. And whether octopuses fart (Spoiler alert: yes, they do!)

Why?

Mostly because the previous book was a success. Turns out that many of us adults are also eager to know the answer to questions like 'Why do we have recessions when we can print more money?'

Examples?

Is it the same?

There are two main differences with the previous book. First of all, Goldfish's answers are shorter and less... um.. poetic? than the previous ones. Even though the language still strikes a good balance between technical explanations and simple sentences, the overall feeling of the book is, in my opinion, geared towards just answering the damn questions and not towards making the answers the first stepping stones into grander themes 

Do you think that, since the answers are generally shorter and more fact-oriented rather than longer and awe-oriented; the overall quality of this book is not nearly as good as the previous one but still enjoyable 'cum grano salis'?

Yes, I do

BQ2016: 295