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Just Because

by Mac Barnett

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Curious minds are rewarded with curious answers in a fantastical bedtime book by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault. Why is the ocean blue? What is the rain? What happened to the dinosaurs? It might be time for bed, but one child is too full of questions about the world to go to sleep just yet. Little ones and their parents will be charmed and delighted as a patient father offers up increasingly creative responses to his child's nighttime wonderings. Any child who has ever asked "Why?" -- and any parent who has attempted an explanation -- will recognize themselves in this sweet storybook for dreamers who are looking for answers beyond "Just because."… (more)

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The illustrations in this book are done with richness not seen often in children's books. This book follows the imagination of children extremely well. It is a combination between the literal and the fantastic. It is a beautifully designed book. Children's Lit, Illustration. ( )
  evanlambert | Nov 14, 2020 |
Another winner from Mac Barnett, illustrated absolutely beautifully by Isabelle Arsenault. ( )
  widdersyns | Jul 19, 2020 |
I love this book! Beautiful illustrations decorate the pages of this children's book. I can imagine this would be a perfect bedtime story for a young child. Knowing how many children can be inquisitive, especially when it's time to go to sleep, and this book has a amusing take on that. The words encourage creativity and imagination. ( )
  Jessica.Kirkland | Feb 13, 2020 |
imaginative, fun, lovely ... ( )
  melodyreads | Dec 3, 2019 |
A little girl delays bedtime by asking questions ("Why is the ocean blue?") and her dad makes up ridiculous/poetic answers for her (a la Calvin's dad explaining things in Calvin & Hobbes). Her last question, "Why do we have to sleep?" is answered, "Because there are some things we can only see with our eyes closed."

Isabelle Arsenault's beautiful artwork (goache, pencil, watercolor, digital) suits the story perfectly, with its contrast between grayscale and color, and its creative, dreamy images. ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 1, 2019 |
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Curious minds are rewarded with curious answers in a fantastical bedtime book by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault. Why is the ocean blue? What is the rain? What happened to the dinosaurs? It might be time for bed, but one child is too full of questions about the world to go to sleep just yet. Little ones and their parents will be charmed and delighted as a patient father offers up increasingly creative responses to his child's nighttime wonderings. Any child who has ever asked "Why?" -- and any parent who has attempted an explanation -- will recognize themselves in this sweet storybook for dreamers who are looking for answers beyond "Just because."

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