More answers to questions common and otherwise from the veteran author of Ask a Science Teacher (2013).
Scheckel groups his queries into broad categories such as “The Exquisite Human Body” and “At the Fringes of Science” and often expands on informal but direct explanations with further comments on related topics—plus brief instructions for spinning eggs, making campfires burn different colors, and like homespun experiments or activities. There are some rough edges. The folksiness turns heavy-handed with an anecdote about a dog from his youth who was afraid of thunderstorms (“Her fears were misplaced. She got run over by a pickup truck. Doggone!”), and claims that there is no single scientific method and that tennis balls can be recycled as homes for “Eurasian field mice” really need unpacking. While verbal descriptions of, for instance, the lungs’ “remarkable dance” or what causes seasons are serviceable, readers will still probably long for pictures and diagrams. Still, along with trucking in physical principles to explain why cats land on their feet (it has to do with conservation of angular momentum) and like standard-issue mysteries, he poses some head-scratchers (“Why is there a big E on the top of the eye chart?”) that will startle and maybe enlighten even older readers.
Assorted revelations for enquirers who prefer their science straight up but not without occasional (semi-) comical relief. (Nonfiction. 11-14)