Why Does Popcorn Pop? and Other Kitchen Questions


32 pages
ISBN 1-895688-71-X
DDC j500





Illustrations by Scot Ritchie
Reviewed by Christy Conte

Christy Conte is a member of the Parents Advisory Committee at the
YMCA’s Parent and Child Enrichment Centre, and a journalist.


OWL’s Question and Answer Storybooks series has become known for
answering many of the childish questions that embarrassed parents
cannot. In this edition, Catherine Ripley deals with kitchen questions:
“Why do ice cubes crack?” (they’re trying to shrink!), “How does
blowing on food keep it cool?” and “Why does garbage smell?” As
always, her answers are clear, accurate, and devoid of condescension.
Each question and answer is spread across two pages, leaving plenty of
room for Scot Richie’s energetic illustrations. This is the sort of
book that can be enjoyed by parent and child, by child alone, or in the
classroom. Why Does Popcorn Pop? is bright, fun, and good value for the
money. Highly recommended.


Ripley, Catherine., “Why Does Popcorn Pop? and Other Kitchen Questions,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 25, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/32099.