Why are Orangutans Orange? edited by Mick O’Hare (Pegasus Books, 2012) is subtitled “Science questions in pictures.” I am not a science person, but I was intrigued by the premise that this would be a simple and quick collection of answers to common science questions.
In the end, I was a bit disappointed. Although it did provide simple and clear answers for the most part, it was not organized well and felt a bit smacked together. I was surprised to find that it was a collection of questions based on pictures sent in by readers of a column. Many had poor quality photographs attached to their questions too. The answers came from scientists who read the column. Thus, each “answer” was written by someone different. The questions likewise were random and disorganized.
While it was a quick read and somewhat interesting, the random organization and miscellaneous feel to the questions and answers did not make it something I highly enjoyed. I’m glad I read it, because it did not require much for me, but I am not overly interested in seeking out more volumes in the series of science questions and answers.
Note: I read a digital review copy from the publisher for review consideration via netgalley.com