Because

Because

by Richard Torrey
     
 

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Even though Jack′s mom tells him that "because" is not an answer, Jack strongly disagrees. In fact, this almost-six-year-old thinks "because" is the perfect answer to any question!

Why did he cover himself in band-aids?

Why did he eat all the chocolate cake?

Why is the dog wearing a cape?

Overview

Even though Jack′s mom tells him that "because" is not an answer, Jack strongly disagrees. In fact, this almost-six-year-old thinks "because" is the perfect answer to any question!

Why did he cover himself in band-aids?

Why did he eat all the chocolate cake?

Why is the dog wearing a cape?

Because!

This endearing companion to ALMOST and WHY?, from acclaimed author and illustrator Richard Torrey, celebrates every child′s favorite answer to life′s trickiest questions.

Age: 4 - 8

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Praise for WHY?: “Youngsters trying to make sense of their own worlds will likely relate to Jack’s curiosity.”
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Young Jack promises to show examples of why "because" is a "real answer." Amusing drawings and the boy's single-sentence clarifications for questionable behavior justify why cereal is spread across the floor, why the dog is in time-out, and why boy and dog are covered in strawberry icing. Readers don't truly learn why Jack is swathed in Band-Aids, but Torrey skillfully counterpoints scenes such as the child relinquishing his teddy and blanket, then reclaiming the toy "Because he needs me." The final "because" effectively wraps up the tale, as Jack gently embraces his tethered tail-wagging pooch: "Because sometimes I have to play with my other friends." Torrey paints scenes of a suburban family with a fully stocked kitchen and toy chest, a beach vacation, and an iPod. The story will allow youngsters to recall fondly their own "because" moments.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews

Since Torrey's wobbly, irresistible artwork tells the whole story, there is no reason to ask any explicit questions—such as, "Why is half the cake eaten?" or, "Why are you covered in Band-Aids?"—but young Jack always has the answer.

Following on the heels of Almost (2009) and Why? (2010), this book nods toward a survey of that classic response, so elegant in its singularity: "Because." Most of the time, however, Jack has a perfectly good reason for doing what he is doing, with a "because" tacked on to the start of the response. Why is he sitting in the laundry basket with the dirty laundry flung all about? "Because it's my spaceship," which could just as easily have been "It's my spaceship." The whole pleasure of the simple "because"—that if the person asking doesn't know the answer, well, then, really...go fish—has been undermined. "Because" serves here as prelude to the preposterous or comical. "Because you cheated," Jack tells the dog that he has sent to the corner, a game of checkers left unfinished on the floor.

But still, because or no because, it's a pleasure to see Jack learning to negotiate his way through the world, from longing questions to innocent answers that reveal far too much plain honesty. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062183729
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
13 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Torrey is the author and illustrator of a number of well-loved children's books, including Almost, Why?, and the popular Beans Baker series. Mr. Torrey lives in Shoreham, New York.

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