Does My Goldfish Know Who I am?: And Hundreds More Big Questions from Little People Answered by Experts

Does My Goldfish Know Who I am?: And Hundreds More Big Questions from Little People Answered by Experts

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By (author) Gemma Elwin Harris, Introduction by Alexander Armstrong, Contributions by Brian Cox, Contributions by Miranda Hart, Contributions by Sir David Attenborough, Contributions by Bear Grylls, Contributions by Jojo Moyes

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non-Fiction
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 202mm x 34mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571301932
  • ISBN 13: 9780571301935
  • Sales rank: 19,109

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"This book is invaluable!" Alexander Armstrong Children ask the funniest questions: Why does sweetcorn come out the same as when I ate it? Do spiders speak? Why does Daddy never win the lottery? Which is faster, a Velociraptor or a cheetah? How does the lady in the satnav know where to go? Does my goldfish know who I am? (Do you think fish have two-second memories? Find out the truth on page 94!) This book takes real children's questions gathered from primary schools across the UK and asks some of the greatest thinkers and experts of our time to give short and accessible answers. Brian Cox explores the edge of the universe, Sir David Attenborough tells us whether monkeys could ever turn into men, and Miranda Hart ponders why it's funny when someone farts. Other contributors include Bear Grylls, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Quentin Blake, Heston Blumenthal, Kate Humble, John Lanchester, A. C. Grayling, Jeremy Paxman, Dan Snow, Jojo Moyes and Tony Robinson. Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am? is a treasury of surprising facts and insights inspired by the curiosity of children. It is the perfect family gift - because sometimes grown-ups need help with the answers too. At least 33 per cent of the publisher's advance payments and 67 per cent of net royalty income in respect of sales of this book is donated to the NSPCC (Registered Charity Numbers 216401 & SC037717).

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Gemma Elwin Harris is a freelance editor and writer, as well as a mother, godmother and aunt to several extremely curious children.

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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