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Children's Nonfiction General


The Most Awesome Question and Answer Book about Nature, Animals, People, Places—and You!

by (author) Catherine Ripley

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
May 2012
General, How Things Work-Are Made, Questions & Answers
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2012
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2019
    List Price

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Out of print

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When Oma arrives to stay with Jake, Lizzie, and their parents, they want to make her visit extra special — so off the family goes to Jake's birthday party, the library, the beach, and many other places. These familiar childhood excursions prompt many questions. How do candles stay on fire? How do librarians remember where all the books go? How does the sand get so hot?

Curious kids everywhere want to know — and no adult has all the answers. In the same style as the bestseller Why?, How? provides kid-friendly explanations for nearly 100 everyday mysteries. Bright, playful illustrations complement the clear text. A scrapbook-style page at the end of each chapter offers additional information in snapshots and captions. How? combines the best qualities of non-fiction and picture books to delight young readers again and again.

About the authors

CATHERINE RIPLEY is a former editor of chickaDEE Magazine as well as the author of several acclaimed children's books. She contributes regularly to children's magazines and lives in Fernie, British Columbia.

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Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.


Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.



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  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection
  • Commended, Parents' Choice Award, Books: Non-fiction category, Recommended

Editorial Reviews

...invariably clear and easy to understand...the real fun lies in wandering, enjoying the illustrations, and flipping through the pages until a question grabs your attention.

Quill & Quire

An exceptional and welcome companion to last year's Why?

Sal's Fiction Addiction

A great resource where children can seek out answers to their questions about all sorts of daily experiences…As a tool of inquiry, it teaches children how to begin to probe more deeply into the hows and whys of the world.

Professionally Speaking

a must-have for the home bookshelf or the primary classroom, good for quick consultations or for browsing early readers who want their answers NOW.

Librarian Reviews

How? The Most Awesome Question and Answer Book About Nature, Animals, People, Places — and You!

When Oma arrives to stay with Jake and Lizzie, the family goes to Jake’s birthday party, the library, the beach and many other places, prompting lots of questions from the children. How do candles stay on fire? How does the sand get so hot? This book provides kid-friendly explanations for nearly 100 of these everyday mysteries.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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