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Children's Nonfiction Curiosities & Wonders

Why Don't Cars Run on Apple Juice?

Real Science Questions from Real Kids

by (author) Kira Vermond

illustrated by Suharu Ogawa

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Curiosities & Wonders, Physics, Discoveries, Chemistry
Recommended Age
7 to 11
Recommended Grade
2 to 6
Recommended Reading age
7 to 11
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price

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Curious kids ask the best questions!

What keeps the stars from falling from the sky? Why do metal boats float? And more importantly, why don’t cars run on apple juice?! All these questions and more are found in the pages of this science Q & A book with questions from the most inquisitive of science center visitors—kids.

With help from a slew of scientists, author Kira Vermond serves up the answers to more than 50 quizzical queries in a fun and engaging style. Vibrant illustrations by Suharu Ogawa add to the appeal, making this a STEM-tastic gift for young graduates, science buffs, and everyone who loves to ask “Why?”.

About the authors

KIRA VERMOND is an award-winning writer and longtime freelancer from Guelph who rarely has a free moment to relax. With over 1,000 articles under her belt, Canadians have read her travel, career and money columns for The Globe and Mail and Chatelaine and listened to her career advice on CBC Radio weekday mornings for years. In 2010, Chatelaine and John Wiley published her book Earn, Spend, Save: The savvy guide to a richer, smarter, debt-free life. Kira also contributes to OWL Magazine, Today's Parent, Parents Canada, Canadian Family, PROFIT, FORUM Magazine, and many other consumer and trade publications.

Kira Vermond's profile page

Suharu Ogawa is a Toronto-based illustrator. Her love for drawing started in a kindergarten art school after being kicked out of calligraphy class for refusing to convert to right-handedness. Formally trained in art history and cultural anthropology, she worked for several years as a university librarian until her passion for illustration called her out of that career and into the pursuit of a lifelong dream. Since then, Suharu has created illustrations for magazines, public art projects and children's books, including Why Humans Work: How Jobs Shape Our Lives and Our World in the Orca Think line. She also teaches illustration at OCAD University in Toronto.


Suharu Ogawa's profile page


  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award

Editorial Reviews

“One of the invaluable strengths of this book is that it makes it clear that no question is too silly to ask, even the questions about toots and poo. Every question is validated with a scientific answer . . . Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice? shines with wonderment. Make sure you read it yourself before you put it into circulation in your classroom or library because, once you share it with your students, there will be a waiting list to read it. You may even want to buy two copies.”

CM Reviews, *starred review, 06/07/19

“Colorful, humorous, conversational, and encouraging of further inquiry.”

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 10/02/19

“A breezy compendium for STEM-winders and casual browsers alike.”

Kirkus Reviews, 05/12/19

“Questions are answered in plain, easy-to-understand language and in just a few paragraphs, making this title appropriate for all ages preschool and up . . . An appendix of further reading on science topics and delightful illustrations make this a classroom winner.”

School Library Journal, 08/01/19

“With cool, conversational panache, the browsable responses are neither overwhelmingly dense nor too simplistic.”

Quill & Quire, 07/19


The Globe and Mail, 09/14/19

“The illustrations are very cute and fun and help bring the idea to life.”

SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews, 06/25/20

“Filled with fun and fascinating answers to a whole slew of highly entertaining questions.”

The Globe and Mail, 12/06/19

“Not only is this book a superb source of information, it has some beautiful artwork.”

Reader Fox, 08/24/20

“The writing is engaging and age appropriate with each question succinctly tackled in a single dedicated page, easily digestible but still satisfying for readers. Preschool and elementary school teachers might utilize this book to explore a variety of science topics that fascinate students or to inspire them to ask their own questions.”

School Library Connection, 11/19

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