A picture book with fundamental philosophical questions, posed in a way only Jostein Gaarder is capable of. The illustrator has made an independent visual narrative that underscores the existential aspect of Jostein Gaarder's philosophical questions. Questions Asked shows confidence in a child's capacity to think deeply and read between the lines. The book follows a little boy traveling alone in an open landscape. Soon we realize he is on a journey of thoughts and dreams, asking questions about loss, myth, language, magic, and what it means to be a human being. Jostein Gaarder's philosophical questions merge with the beautiful illustrations of Akin Düzakin into a tale of friendship, love, and grief - and about daring to think about life as you live it.
“"This is not a book for young children but maybe for graduating high schoolers or religion or philosophy classes. Or a teacher might use it with younger students to evoke discussion, as the questions are certainly provocative, begging for reflection." — Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review -- Praise for Sophie's World -- "A marvellously rich book. Its success boils down to something quite simple - Gaarder's gift for communicating ideas." --The Guardian "Challenging, informative and packed with easily grasped, and imitable, ways of thinking about difficult ideas." --Independent "Remarkable...what Jostein Gaarder has managed to do is condense 3000 years of thought into 400 pages; to simplify some extremely complicated arguments without trivialising them...an extraordinary achievement." --Sunday Times "A whimsical and ingenious mystery novel that also happens to be a history of philosophy... What is admirable in the novel is the utter unpretentiousness of the philosophical lessons." --Washington Post”