Julie: Why do our fingers get so wrinkled in the tub? Why does popcorn pop? Why do onions make us cry? Why do dandelions turn white and fluffy? For clear, interesting, and simply worded answers, inquiring minds need look no farther than Catherine Ripley's WHY? THE BEST EVER QUESTION AND ANSWER BOOK ABOUT NATURE, SCIENCE AND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. It's certainly designed for kids, with full-page, color illustrations and child-friendly language and content. But I confess: I feel smarter having read this book. I always knew the bathroom floor was colder than the bathmat, for example. But I never thought about why. Now I know. I feel quite proud. Maybe I need to read more non-fiction! Mia, what do you think?
Marirosa Mia: I enjoyed it as well. It was quite fun testing my knowledge on questions like: Why do we yawn? and Why do my fingers stick to frozen juice cans? I'm not saying I would win a million on Jeopardy!, but I knew quite a few things; and that made me happy. The book's categories are divided by the location where the question will likely be asked: Bathtime Questions, Outdoor Questions, Supermarket Questions, and the like. It's an appealing and easy-to-reference structure. This will be an excellent book to have once my niece starts asking "Why?" questions!