7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This small but well presented book features 105 questions (though some have more than one part) , each occupying one page. Most of each page is taken up by a sketch-type picture, with answers appearing separately at the back of the book. I like this format as you don't have to worry about seeing the answers accidentally. The page number on which each answer appears is clearly given so it is easy to find. The questions range from serious ones that might have practical use (like the one about driving on ice) to the silly (like the one about the extremely tall woman in Quito) but I found most of the questions interesting.
You'll find plenty of questions about outer space, the weather and transport, but very few about nature. Nevertheless, there is a great question about why sheep can still eat grass. The authors also play a trick by asking two questions that involve comparing the weight of feathers and gold. The issue is further confuse the issue by the order of the questions within the book. It may be that the questions were assembled in the wrong order, which may confuse you if you look up the answer to the second question (but first of the two chronologically) before looking up the answer to the related question. The question that should be first of the two is actually on page 114.
Like other science trivia books, the questions reflect the preferences of the authors, but I found many of the questions posed here interesting and thought-provoking.
on January 5, 2014
The world is a curious place and people have many questions about everyday phenomena that they rarely articulate. Here are two authors enamored by scientific puzzles who raise the questions that may rouse those little grey cells. Fortunately, the solutions and explanations to the posed puzzles are secreted at the back of the miniature book. Some of you may know how to tell if an egg is raw, but others may wonder at how to make a truck fly. Then there is the classic challenge of deciding which weighs more, an ounce of feathers or an ounce of gold. You may think you’ve caught the trick, but the answer is not what you anticipated since according to our experts, the weight is not the same. Getting an egg into a narrow mouthed bottle is one of the classic demonstrations that viewers adore, the instructions are included. For those intrepid souls who delight in starting a fire with a mirror, or learning how to walk on a tightrope, or better yet...trying to fit a battleship in a bathtub; this is a book that will engross the curious, the mischievous along with their friends and family while feeding them a bit of science at the same time.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
This book is better than How Do You Walk On Fire, but they both have the same formatting problem. The question is asked with an illustration and then you must page to the back of the book to find the answer. It's not a great format and the publisher should have realized this. It's work to find the answer. Should have just been on the next page. Still, this book is much better than the other one in the series.