Ask A Scientist

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 12 Sep 2019

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"Ask a Scientist" by Robert Winston is a very informative book on all things science. There are "questions" in seemingly every field. Some you may never have even thought to ask and scientific answers that we have discovered over the years.

The book has lots of pictures, some even magnified, to see at the smallest levels to help better understand the topics discussed in the book. There are lots of interesting things that can be learned for both kids and the parents reading to them.

I received this eBook free of charge from DK via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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This is a great book that is not only fun and engaging but also a good resource for parents who have kids asking a LOT of questions. I love that it is colorful, simple yet informative. The answers are short and to the point and to the level that is easily understood by kids. It covers various different science topics including Human Body, Chemistry, Physics, Earth etc.  It’s got questions like “is fire a solid, liquid or gas?” or “Why is the sky blue”? or “How do boggers get in my nose?” Honestly, I learned a lot from this book! 
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Thanks #netgalley and DK Children for this review copy!
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This is a well-illustrated, colorful book in which a scientist tries to answer all kinds of questions that kids have asked him over the years. In many cases, he has to answer that scientists don't know or that they think one thing or another (answer to whether butterflies remember their time as caterpillars or in the chrysalis: "I doubt it."), but there are lots of good explanations for questions like why the sky looks blue, whether you could use a magnet on the iron in our bodies, how do eyes work, and so on.

My rating system:
1 = hated it
2 = it was okay
3 = liked it
4 = really liked it
5 = love it, plan to purchase, and/or would buy it again if it was lost

I read a temporary digital ARC of the book for the purpose of review.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.   Thank you NetGalley!
awesome kids book. 
we loved the illustrations. 
the story was unique & easy to read!
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This is a nice book for kids who like to ask many questions about how the world works. It explains clearly the scientific reasoning behind each common question, such "does oil and water mix together?".  It also introduces concepts in an easy to understand manner.
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You know how kids ask you random questions that you never thought of before, and now they're expecting an answer from you because you're a grownup and are clearly qualified to answer because grownups know everything?

This is the book those kids need!

From biology to weather, this book has tons of interesting questions with concise, clear answers. I can guarantee my students will love this. They always want to know things like how elevators work or what chocolate is made from. Heck, even I learned a lot reading this! (Like why magnets don't attract the iron in our blood, or why rainwater doesn't taste salty, or how jellyfish manage all those tentacles.) And the whole book is appealingly and diversely illustrated to help explain various concepts.

I have a mighty need for this book in my library. Maybe two copies- one for checkout and one as a reference for when somebody inevitably loses the other copy.
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Why do freckles come in dots on your face? Why does chocolate taste so nice? Why do stars twinkle? 

There are questions that many children ask and some that they might not have ever thought about but will like learning about with this book. I am a big fan of this book. Ask a Scientist by Robert Winston will be a favorite to gift to young readers from now on. It is informative and interesting, and the illustrations really add to the information well. Winston keeps is short and sweet. Even as an adult, there are many things that can be learned here.
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This book is so fun! Lots of great questions and answers. This would be so much fun to read with a little one who is constantly asking questions. I can't wait to buy it for my niece.
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Ask A Scientist: Professor Robert Winston Answers 100 Big Questions from Kids Around the World! by Robert Winston is currently scheduled for release on June 11 2019. This science book for kids poses 100 real-life questions from kids to Robert Winston on every aspect of science. Questions cover all the popular science topics, including human body: "Why do freckles come in dots on your face?"; physics: "Could you jump off the world?"; Earth: "Why is the sky blue?"; chemistry: "Why are there bubbles in boiling water?"; natural science: "Do dogs cry?", and space: "Why will the Sun explode and make us extinct?"

Ask a Scientist is a book that balances information and images nicely to answer questions and keep the interest of readers. I found the selection of topics covered to be nice and broad, well rounded in a way that will appeal to a wide range of readers. The text is accessible and has some humor, while never talking down to the reader. Too often the text of children's non fiction is too simple or condescending rather than inspiring, but this book has a solid tone that answers without that feel. I like that there were some nice labels for the images and more detailed bits of information on the pages for the most interested readers, while the main body of text was more comprehensive and interesting to all readers. I think this book is a great resource and one that some readers will devour whole while others might return for information on the subjects that interest them most.

Ask a Scientist is a well organized, and written, book that deserves a place in public libraries, schools, and homes. I think it will answer many questions for readers, and inspire them to continue to question and seek out answers.
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  	

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.			
Professor Robert Winston answers the amazing questions children have about science - real questions from real kids!

This fun and friendly science book for kids poses 100 real-life questions from kids to Robert Winston on every aspect of science. Questions cover all the popular science topics, including the human body: "Why do freckles come in dots on your face?"; physics: "Could you jump off the world?"; Earth: "Why is the sky blue?"; chemistry: "Why are there bubbles in boiling water?"; natural science: "Do dogs cry?", and space: "Why will the Sun explode and make us extinct?"

These are real questions from children from around the world, and their questions are their very own. Robert Winston was inspired to write this book by the many questions posed by his grandchildren and by children from the schools he has visited over the years. The book includes some of these questions, plus many more gathered from countries all over the world - including the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, Canada, the USA, India, China, and Japan. The response to the survey that DK sent out was fantastic - there were so many great questions to choose from. The questions were carefully selected to cover the main science topics: chemistry, physics, human body, Earth, space, and natural science. They are fun, engaging, and include some that most adults wouldn't dare ask!

Science can be a tricky subject for kids: this book gets a fresh new angle on it by looking at science from the child's point of view. Packed with weird and wacky questions and clear and lively answers - Ask a Scientist puts the fun back into science. And who could be a better scientist to ask questions to than Professor Robert Winston?	

Science can be tricky for adults, too --- I barely scraped through it and math in high school: trust me, library science has nothing to do with “regular” science!  I love that the questions answered were from kids around the world and that they involved things even I was curious about and afraid to ask. Winston does not write in a preachy way, which is nice and with the emphasis on STEM and STEAM, this book is invaluable to any kid out there. (no matter what their age!) 

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by Millennials on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🔬 🔬 🔬 🔬 🔬		
NOTE: I cannot link this review to LinkedIn - there is something wrong with the linking/programming and it will not happen.
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The colorful format and broad coverage of topics makes this a great addition to school libraries and other libraries that serve young readers and budding scientists.  Each question is treated with kid-friendly, brief language that answers key topics that kids will find interesting and help them navigate the world of science.
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This book was written by a grandfather who wanted to be a scientist from a young age.  He has also spent time in schools and it shows.  He is keyed in to ways to answer kids questions with just the right amount of detail.  

In this book, our scientist answers 100 questions that children have posed.  Some examples include the following:  How does Velcro stick? When did time begin?  Why does ice cream melt?  How do we get taller?  Why does our hair turn grey when we get older?  How does the moon affect the tides of the sea?

As you can see this book is encyclopedic in scope.  It is broken down by questions in fields including chemistry, the human body, physics, natural science, the earth and space.  To help keep the reader engaged there are colorful illustrations throughout.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this excellent resource for young (and older) scientists.  I learned a lot!
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“Ask A Scientist” focuses squarely on kids- what they want to know and how best to give them the information. It seems the writers did their research in choosing the questions as most of them rang familiar. The questions range enough in topic that kids will find a lot to interest them.

The book’s format lends itself to continual engagement. Illustrations blend together while not overwhelming the reader. They do an excellent job of illuminating the text. The book ends with a useful glossary and the answers to two questions I’ve been asked over and over about time and boredom, and I still wonder about today. 

The greatest aspect of this book is how the professor underscores the flexibility of science, and how not knowing strengthens its foundations. He emphasizes how scientists move toward an answer from questions. By creating the book from questions, he shows his young readers how science naturally progresses and by asking questions they are young scientists themselves.
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Books regarding science are often controversial and this one is no exception.  Those who do not believe in evolution will not agree with some of the answers provided by this scientist.  Many of the answers, however, are  in line with what we have been taught in our schools. 

Accompanied by an excellent index, the glossary is stupendous.  Many publications do not take the time to add an index or glossary, so this one is greatly appreciated.  When students research, they often don't have time to read the whole book, so the ability to find the information that they need quickly is important.  

Thank you to NetGalley and DK for allowing a quick view of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Short, humorous,  with relevant and nice illustrations! 

The reason for three stars: this book teaches that the earth is billions of years old and that humans evolved from primates and yet says it represents the views of all scientists. Guess they’ve never heard of Jason Lisle. 

If you’re looking for a secular and one sided view on science, this is a goood resource. At the very least they could’ve included both viewpoints instead of outright rejecting Creationism.
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A fun, engaging book to answer all those science-type questions kids wonder about. Lots of colorful pictures to keep their interest.
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This book is great for the kid who always asks, "Why??" It includes plenty of questions like, "Why do we need a brain?" and "Why does our skin get all wrinkly in the bath?" that even I, as an adult, was curious to read about.

The information is accurate and to-the-point in kid-friendly language. The layout packs a lot of information in one page and is colorful and eye-catching without being too busy or overwhelming. The mix of illustrations and photos add to the design making it interesting to just browse through to find something that catches your eye.  

I would absolutely recommend this book to school-age kids at my library - I think they would love just looking through for some interesting facts!
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This is such a great book for kids (and adults) who have lots of science-related questions. Our 8-year-old loves reading non-fiction books and this was the perfect fit for him. 

The questions were asked and answered in a super accessible way and the graphics and illustrations added so much to the informative pages. He enjoyed reading this and we have many fun discussions on these topics after reading them.

I highly suggest this for kids ages 6-10 who are looking to learn more about science and have fun while doing it. A big thank you to NetGalley and DK Children for gifting me a copy of this book. All opinion are my own.
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This ia wonderful, amazing book of very simple questions, being answered in a straighforward simple way. Questions that kids really would want to know the answer to, like can scientists recreate dinosaurs, and how does velcro stick, and can we jump off the earth. All good questions.

The answers are not patronizing, or overly difficult to understand. I also like that if there isn't an answer, such as how do bees know what jobs they are supposed to do, that the answer is, basically, we don't know, yet.

And don't think that all the questions are dry, either. There are questions such as "How do bogies get in my nose," and "How does electricity get in your body to shock people?"

Great book to share with kids, and adults. Highly recommended.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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