What Would Happen? Serious Answers to Silly Questions


Life is full of possibilities, and practically all of them are explored in the latest National Geographic Kids’ picture book called: What Would Happen? Serious Answers to Silly Questions, by Crispin Boyer.

In the book, author Crispin Boyer poses the most spectacular questions that children and even adults have pondered before, like what would it be like to grow up in outer space; what if you NEVER bathed; what if the Earth suddenly stopped rotating; and what if you could teleport anywhere you wanted. The answers are pretty astounding. If you grew up in outer space, your muscles would wither from lack of gravity and your bones would become brittle. If you never bathed you would stink up a storm and break out in zits. If the world suddenly stopped rotating, “buildings would topple, windstorms would rage and seas would slosh into your bedroom—and a day would last a year, and noon would last a month. And if you could teleport anywhere you wanted, you could go where you wanted but if you miscalculated the fact that the earth is always in motion and moves at different speeds in different areas, you might land “sliding sideways or upside down on the other side of the world,” or materialize inside a solid wall.

There are more amazing questions – 168 pages worth, in fact – and each answer is better than the one before. Children get to ponder what would it be like if an asteroid hadn’t wiped out the dinosaurs; what if the Internet had never been invented; what if you had gills like a fish; what if you could ride an elevator to space; and much, much more.

This is a fun book that proves that almost every subject you can think of is fuel for a great discussion about what is possible now and what could happen if a scenario became possible in the future. The book is divided into eight (8) chapters that include wonders of the world, technology, and even worst-case scenarios. Like all National Geographic Kids titles, the book is stuffed full of adorable, amazing and sometimes scary pictures that everyone – even very young children may enjoy the pictures. However, the vocabulary is a bit advanced, rendering this book be best suited for the upper middle grades and high school students.

Use this book in Science, Language, Environmental and Creative writing classes to fuel young imaginations and add a big dose of “oomph” to the discussion of the day. It also makes a great addition to your middle grade and high school child’s personal library. Whatever the scenario you use it in, just know that this one’s a keeper!


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