Does my goldfish know who I am?

It’s a very good question, and one I feel sure my mum would have known the answer to when I was little.

When Belle asks me questions like this, I tend to try to look thoughtful and say things like ‘Hmm… good question, you should definitely look that up’, as though I actually do know, but just want her to gain the research skills. In reality, my thought process is going something like this:

Does my goldfish know who I am?

It is easy to get distracted by quiche recipes you know.

Help is at hand though for uninformed parents like me.

Does my goldfish know who I am? is a wonderful book, compiled to raise money for the NSPCC, that tackles the perennial parental problem of the ever-inquisitive child. Featuring over 300 real questions from primary school aged children, it offers bite-sized answers from world class experts – digestible in under 60 seconds. It features lots of well known names such as Sir David Attenborough, Prof Brian Cox, Paul McCartney and Miranda Hart, answering questions like:

Does the Universe have an edge? 
Why do we close our eyes when we sneeze?  
What are humans for? 
What was Captain Hook’s name before he had his hand bitten off? 
Why do we have feelings? 
I have a feeling that if you don’t close your eyes when you sneeze then your brain bursts out through your eye sockets, but apart from that I’m not sure on any of those. I definitely need the book. Does my goldfish know who I am? would make a lovely Christmas present AND you’d know that you were donating money to a valuable cause.
The downside is that you might not get a tasty quiche at the end, but it feels like a small price to pay.


  1. 27 November, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    ha! I can’t wait for Wilf to start asking these questions, I remember my little brother (15 years younger than me) driving my parents crazy with them! I love love that Sir David Attenborough and Brian Cox answer some of them! x

  2. 29 November, 2013 / 2:40 pm

    Haha! I dread these questions although I do know the answer to the sneezing eyeballs one! Looks like a great book and good stocking filler for my girl. Thanks!

  3. 1 December, 2013 / 11:19 am

    I’m touching wood that I can answer the best I can or at least find somewhere I can find information that they ask for.It can be quite frustrating when you think you know something but not quite sure how to explain it.

  4. 7 December, 2013 / 10:23 am

    I wonder whether my current personal favourite
    “Can fish breathe in space?”.
    would be in there? Oh yes, with my 3 boys, we need a book like this on a daily basis!

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