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Children's Nonfiction Curiosities & Wonders

Why Does My Shadow Follow Me?

More Science Questions from Real Kids

by (author) Kira Vermond

illustrated by Suharu Ogawa

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2021
Curiosities & Wonders, Discoveries, Chemistry, Physics
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2
  • Reading age: 7 to 11


Science starts with a question in this fascinating compendium for curious kids.

The team behind the acclaimed Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice? is back to tackle more kid questions like “Are birds really dinosaurs?” and “Why do we have butts?” With help from Ontario Science Centre experts, Kira Vermond packs mind-boggling facts into answers that encourage further inquiry, covering topics over five sections: animals, the human body, planet Earth, tech and innovation, and outer space. From glowing scorpions and prehistoric sharks to stem cells and Mars missions, Suharu Ogawa’s colorful, zesty illustrations enhance Vermond’s lively tone.

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


  • Joint winner, TD Summer Reading Club
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award

Editorial Reviews

“Guaranteed to hold attention and encourage further learning, it is a welcome addition to both classroom and school libraries. You might want to buy two copies, as it is sure to be a requested read.”

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 02/13/22

“A playful romp through multiple fields of science in which even silly questions lead to startling discoveries.”

Kirkus Reviews, 12/29/20

“A fun science book.”

SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews, 05/18/21

“Shines with wonderment.”

CM Reviews, 01/15/21

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