By: Editors of TIME for Kids Magazine
Publisher: Time For Kids
Publication Date: May 2014 (reprint)
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: June 2014
If you have a little time on your hands (pun intended) and really want to be up on those little odd facts about planet Earth, space, and tech-like stuff, you’ll love making your way through this eye-popping book. First, you’ll learn about our planet, including some flip-flop facts like how it can be wintertime in one part and summertime in another. Oh, and then there are those time zones. Then you’ll shoot out through our atmosphere into the planets and stars. Speaking of the word 'shoot,' you’ll even learn about shooting stars. Last, but not least, there’s the technology section where you can take a look at some interesting and strange, but true, facts. I always wondered why I could see my reflection in a mirror and now I know.
You probably know that tornadoes are dangerous, but do you know that people get sick whenever a volcano erupts? That makes volcanos dangerous critters. They can emit ash and dust that “can harm drinking water, and create volcanic smog call ‘vog.’” Now ‘vog’ is probably a new one on you! In the section about space you’ll learn the reason stars twinkle. You probably learned that in a kindergarten song, but in this book you’ll get the facts, the real ones. Lots of people are techies, but it’s the old-fashioned stuff that might amaze you. Do you know why people have red eyes in photographs? It’s because ... well, I guess if you want to know that you should read about it in this “fact-cinating” book!
This Book of Why is far from boring. The layout has great kid appeal, but very few grownups would be able to pass it by without taking a look. I know I did and couldn’t put it down until the very last page. Now that page was a colorful one and I learned all about crayons, colored pencils, and ink. Full-color photographs swirl through these pages, with a few action-oriented ones like that massive tornado and a daredevil surfer riding a wave. Do you want to know why Tornado Alley gets pummeled with tornadoes? I did. Interested in knowing how sinkholes form? Ever wonder why you can see the moon during the day now and then? You’ll find the answers to these questions and many, many more in this fabulously funtastic book. In the back of the book you’ll find an index, a glossary, and additional book and website resources to explore.
Quill says: This is a funtastic book of space facts the young reader will love!