Non-fiction Review of How Come? by Kathy Wollard


How Come? by Kathy Wollard, Illustrated by Debra Solomon

Age Range: 9-14

Grade Range: 5-9

Genre: Non-fiction/science

Series: None

Print Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 13, 2015)

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Fact-filled, fun-filled, as interesting to parents as it is to kids, the How Come? series is the trusted source for lively, clear answers to kids’ science queries. Now the best questions and answers from all three books—How Come?; How Come? Planet Earth; and How Come? In the Neighborhood—have been revised, updated, freshly illustrated in full color, supplemented with twenty completely new questions, and combined into one bigger, better volume.

How Come? explains, in fascinating detail, more than 200 mysteries and phenomena in the world around us. These are the questions that pique kids’ curiosity—and stump parents.

When it rains, does running (rather than walking) to the nearest shelter really keep you any drier?

How can a stone skip across a pond (instead of sink)?

If the Earth is spinning, why can’t we feel it? Why don’t we fly off?

Why do elephants have trunks?

And the all-time classic, Why is the sky blue? (Sunlight has a hidden rainbow of colors, and air molecules scatter blues the most—sending bright blue light down to Earth.)

The text is clearly written, engaging, and accessible. It’s for every kid who wants to know—and every grown-up who simply doesn’t know.

My Thoughts:

Over four hundred pages of scientific facts and informational tidbits are compiled into this fascinating book. It covers just about everything you could think of. Curious kids will love having their questions answered.

The book dedicates one “chapter” to each question, so you can easily fit one or two in before bed or at dinner time. The writing is engaging, and each question is answered within a couple of pages. There are full color illustrations on almost every page, along with cartoons and jokes.

If your child likes science or wants to know everything about everything, then this is an excellent book to get. It would also make a fun family read.

Content: clean

Source: The publisher loaned me a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    January 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    This book is really amazing. 400 pages of scientific facts is incredible. I am still pretty curious about different aspects of this world so even if this is geared towards kids I'm sure I'll get some enjoyment out of it too.

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    Catherine Friess
    January 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    This book sounds great (and I would like to know the answer to the rain question!).


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    Naila Moon
    January 8, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Oh , now, I know a few kid's who would totally love this book, maybe even an adult or two. 😉

    Naila Moon from the Kid Lit Bog Hop

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    Brain Power Boy
    January 8, 2015 at 2:37 am

    This book looks right up my son's alley. Looking forward to checking it out. Plus he really loves cartoons.
    Stopping by from Kid Lit Blog Hop

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    January 12, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Definitely passing this post onto my daughter who teaches 6th science! Thanks for sharing such a great resource on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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    Renee C.
    January 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    That is one huge book! My son (8) is totally into this kind of thing. He blurts out random facts throughout the day – it's awesome! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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