Asking big questions in Kyle Hughes-Odgers new book

Kyle Hughes-Odgers has written a new childrens’ book, Can a Skeleton Have an X-ray? Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d445856
Kyle Hughes-Odgers has written a new childrens’ book, Can a Skeleton Have an X-ray? Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d445856

WHAT spins the earth? How does sound taste? What is it about onions that make people cry?

These are just some of the deep and sometimes thought-provoking questions posed in Kyle Hughes-Odgers new book Can a Skeleton have an X-ray?

Well known for his uniquely styled illustrations and past books Ten Tiny Things and On a Small Island, Hughes-Odgers aims to spark imaginations with this offering.

He said the idea for the book came about while walking past a construction site and wondering how cranes were able to lift concrete slabs without toppling over.

“I went home and drew the answer, a giant hairy man-creature, taller than the city, who builds cranes at night, which makes sense to me,” he said.

“My nephews and nieces ask a lot of questions, my friends’ children ask a lot of questions, children at book festivals and schools ask a lot of questions.

“I realised I enjoy asking them what they think the answer is or telling them elaborate lies about how things work, so I thought there might be a book in that.

“Some of the text is based on questions I have actually been asked.”

Can a Skeleton Have an X-ray is available from Fremantle Press.