Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice?

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A book review of Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice? Real Science Questions from Real Kids by Kira Vermond

A book review of Why Don't Cars Run on Apple Juice? Real Science Questions from Real Kids by Kira Vermond

Stars: ***

Annick Press (2019)
Children’s Nonfiction
88 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: 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?”.

Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice?

If you have a scientifically curious child or you want to encourage science knowledge in your child, this is a good book to start with.

Questions are divided into chapters based on topic: Planet Earth, Living Things, Human Bodies, Outer Space and Big Ideas. The Big Ideas section is about such topics as dinosaurs, the Big Bang and time travel.

Each page is a different question followed by a few paragraphs of explanations. Although the book is fairly big the question and answers take up only the small center of each page. Illustrations by Suharu Ogawa make up the rest of the pages. The illustrations are very cute and fun and help bring the idea to life.

Some of the fun questions include:

  • Why is ocean water salty?
  • Can rats burp?
  • Why is poo brown?
  • How do the starts stay in the sky?
  • Is time travel possible?

It’s designed for ages 7-11. My 6 year old enjoyed the book but needed more explanation from me about some of the questions to understand what they were saying.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.