Synopses & Reviews
Really, Really Big Questions by Stephen Law Have you ever looked at your dog and wondered what it is really thinking? Or asked yourself if your entire life has been a dream? Prepare to exercise your mind as you investigate these big ideas and more on the roller-coaster ride of reason and ridiculous that is philosophy. Cool illustrations, brainteasers, and quirky quotations add to the simple and fun question-and-answer format, introducing readers to life's important questions.
School Library Journal
Inquiries about science, philosophy, and morality are presented in an engaging style that avoids leading readers to any preconceived answers, instead encouraging them to either arrive at their own conclusions or imagine a variety of possibilities. Through a combination of vibrant colors; hip, retro illustrations; and interesting quotes, Law has produced a stimulating work for young minds that is sure to spark conversation and, of course, more questions. Kirkus Reviews
[Law] provides not only topics to mull over, but also, with simply phrased pro-and/or-con comments about each, some intellectual tools for the mulling. . . . [H]is stances are generally fair and open minded, and he consistently gives readers encouragement to develop their own opinions. Illustrated by Choksi with comical, broadly drawn figures done in a retro 50s style and housed within covers designed to look well-worn, this breezy mind-expander tackles plenty of thorny Big Ones in a refreshingly nonthreatening way. Booklist
This collection of philosophical, moral, and scientific quandaries will have readers grasping after the biggies, including the origins of the universe and the meaning of life. Heavy stuff for sure, but Law is a playful and instructive host, using clear analogies to elucidate the headiest of concepts.
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Law has written numerous academic papers as well as books for both adults and children including the hugely popular The Philosophy Files. Nishant Choksi is an accomplished illustrator who has created artworks for a number of journal publications including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and NewScientist.