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Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?

Gemma Elwin Harris

Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?: and hundreds more Big Questions from Little People answered by experts, edited by Gemma Elwin Harris, is the essential gift book for all the family, as experts answer impossible questions posed by kids.

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“This book is invaluable!” Alexander Armstrong

Children ask the funniest questions: Why does sweetcorn come out the same as when I ate it? Do spiders speak? Why does Daddy never win the lottery? Which is faster, a Velociraptor or a cheetah? How does the lady in the satnav know where to go? Does my goldfish know who I am? (Do you think fish have two-second memories? Find out the truth on page 94!)

This book takes real children’s questions gathered from primary schools across the UK and asks some of the greatest thinkers and experts of our time to give short and accessible answers. Brian Cox explores the edge of the universe, Sir David Attenborough tells us whether monkeys could ever turn into men, and Miranda Hart ponders why it’s funny when someone farts.

Other contributors include Bear Grylls, Sir Paul McCartney, Kate Humble, Sir Quentin Blake, Bettany Hughes, Heston Blumenthal, Alice Roberts, John Lanchester, A. C. Grayling, Annabel Karmel, Jeremy Paxman, Dan Snow, Jojo Moyes, Madhur Jaffrey and Tony Robinson.

Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am? is a treasury of surprising facts and insights inspired by the curiosity of children. It is the perfect family gift – because sometimes grown-ups need help with the answers too.

At least 33% of the publisher’s advance payments and 67% of net royalty income in respect of sales of this book is donated to the NSPCC (Registered Charity Numbers 216401 & SC037717).

Critic Reviews

A lovely thing by lovely people for a lovely charity.

Miranda Hart
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Perfect for kids who ask 'Why?'

Dan Snow
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A book like Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am? feeds our desire for understanding and logic rather than simply accepting facts.

Professor Marcus du Sautoy
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Like the best of Pixar's output, it manages to be entertaining for people of all ages; so all-encompassing is its content that it is both an interesting source of facts for kids and, as Alexander Armstrong writes in his introduction, "an arsenal against future questions from the back of the car" ... Necessary reading for all ages. (Four star review)

Matt Lewis, Daily Telegraph
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The whole family will be hooked.

Sunday Times Style magazine
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An invaluable spur to asking questions and thinking about answers.

The Guardian
Gemma ElwinHarris

Gemma Elwin Harris is a magazine editor and writer who has worked inNew York, Sydney, Bologna, Milan, Paris, London and Edinburgh. She haswritten for Time Out London & New York, The List, Gourmet Travellerand many in-flight titles. In a previous life she was an advertisingcreative. Big Questions from Little People is her first book, inspiredby two curious nieces.

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