Why Can't I Feel the Earth Spinning? And Other Vital Questions about Science

James Doyle, Claire Goble

A provocative introduction to science which enables children to ask the questions that interest them most. 

Why Can’t I Feel the Earth Spinning? is an irreverent and informative introduction to tricky questions about science. How do we know what dinosaurs looked like? Why does medicine taste so bad? Why don’t airplanes fall down?

Why Can’t I Feel the Earth Spinning? encourages children to start asking and answering questions for themselves. The book is structured around twenty-two questions. Each section explores the question and answer with detailed illustrations, photographs, or diagrams and then asks further questions on a similar theme. Children learn about how their bodies work, why trees’ leaves are green, why people dream, and whether “The Cloud” is really a cloud.

Written with humor and full of fun illustrations, Why Can’t I Feel the Earth Spinning? is the perfect primer for young inquisitive minds and budding scientists. 


[A] set of…momentous questions in astronomy, physics, biology, and technology—with pithy answers… Readers with inquiring minds will come away painlessly filled in on a broad variety of topics… A brisk and witty grab bag of science words and wonders.

— Kirkus Reviews


James Doyle


James Doyle has been teaching Geography at Our Lady & St. Patrick’s College, in Belfast, Northern Ireland for almost twenty years. He has written numerous books, textbooks, and educational resources. In 2006, he won the Exceptional Teacher Award awarded by Northern Ireland’s Examination Board - CCEA.

Claire Goble

Illustrated By

Claire Goble is a London-based illustrator, animator, and designer whose clients include BBC and Nickelodeon. She illustrated Why Is Art Full of Naked People? and Why Don’t Fish Drown?.