Thursday, October 04, 2012
'Big questions from little people..answered by some very big people' by Gemma Elwin Harris is a book I've been working on for Faber and Faber. Over 100 questions from children have been answered by experts and celebrities such as David Attenborough, Jarvis Cocker, Alain de Botton, Richard Dawkins and Tracey Emin.
Theres some great questions in there such as Can a bee sting a bee? How does fire get on fire? and Is it okay to eat a worm?
Heres some more blurb and some pictures from inside the book-
Children have a knack of asking great questions: Why is the sea salty? How far away is space? Why can't I tickle myself? What makes me me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert and ask them to answer on our behalf. This book gathers over 100 real questions from children and puts them to some of our best-loved and most knowledgeable experts. Alain de Botton explores 'How are dreams made?', Kate Humble explains 'Why do lions roar?' and Heston Blumenthal answers 'Why do we cook food?' Their answers to the Big Questions - some complex, some searching, some surreal and some just plain cute - make this an essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of life, the universe and why cakes taste so nice. Includes answers from Sir David Attenborough, Dame Kelly Holmes, Bear Grylls, Derren Brown, Noam Chomsky, Dr Richard Dawkins and many more.