Just Because
Curious minds are rewarded with curious answers.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.

Just Because Details

TitleJust Because
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 10th, 2019
PublisherCandlewick Press (MA)
ISBN-139780763696801
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

Just Because Review

  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Instant classic
  • Brenda Kahn
    January 1, 1970
    Had the privilege of hearing the author read his latest picture book aloud to close his keynote at SLJ Day of Dialog. I love it more with each reading. The art has retro feel that perfectly complements the unpredictable text. This should be a bedtime favorite.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with this book after the first few pages. The sweet, calm fashion of this book had soon expanded and now, I was feeling the same way. The situation was all too familiar for me and if only I could turn back time, it could have been me in that room, answering those questions.Everything in this book made it perfect for me. The way the book was laid out, its illustrations, and its text; everything had its proper place and time. As I watched the adult male in the illustrations, I liked I fell in love with this book after the first few pages. The sweet, calm fashion of this book had soon expanded and now, I was feeling the same way. The situation was all too familiar for me and if only I could turn back time, it could have been me in that room, answering those questions.Everything in this book made it perfect for me. The way the book was laid out, its illustrations, and its text; everything had its proper place and time. As I watched the adult male in the illustrations, I liked how his movements changed from one illustration to the next. I think his movements added a great deal to the book. There are other small changes that were taking place in this bedroom scene, changes that were very important, changes that our eyes noticed automatically. The questions that the young child asked, reminded me of ones that my own children would inquire about when they were younger. The constant questioning, the layer-upon-layer of mindful thinking. When would they stop? The answers came back in a creative response. The adult even linked some of his responses together. With fantastic illustrations in mixed-media tones, the illustrations complement the tone of the text, and they make you stop and take notice of them. A brilliant and sweet book, a book that I cannot get enough of. It’s definitely a book that you’ll want to share.
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  • Allie
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations are wonderful as always, but I've never not liked Isabelle Arsenault. The text leaves a lot to be desired, and it's kind of the inverse of My Little Book of Big Questions which some of my coworkers have been reading on desk lately. There are real questions that have real answers here and I'm not too keen on the parent's wild fabrications. Could you use it as a jumping off point to actually talk about these questions? Sure. But I would rather them be taken seriously from the jum The illustrations are wonderful as always, but I've never not liked Isabelle Arsenault. The text leaves a lot to be desired, and it's kind of the inverse of My Little Book of Big Questions which some of my coworkers have been reading on desk lately. There are real questions that have real answers here and I'm not too keen on the parent's wild fabrications. Could you use it as a jumping off point to actually talk about these questions? Sure. But I would rather them be taken seriously from the jump.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    A young girl asks a lot of life’s big questions right before bed and her father gets creative with this responses. This book is sure to be a children’s classic.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect for kids full of questions, and parents who enjoy developing creative answers. The illustrations are simply gorgeous. A real winner!
  • Pam Page
    January 1, 1970
    All of those questions young children ask...this shows a very patient dad trying to answer them! Love these illustrations that have a "vintage feel".
  • Lisa Newman
    January 1, 1970
    Fun illustrations. Clever text/story!
  • Deja
    January 1, 1970
    New favorite! I love the illustrations and the text is playful and fun.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Awesomely illustrated picture book about a highly inquistive young girl and her father's fantastical answers.
  • B Pastore
    January 1, 1970
    I love children's books .. but unfortunately this isn't one of them.While I agree that children "... are always looking for more than the answer "just because!" There is a problem with answering each question from this wonderfully inquisitive child with a fairy tale answer. In this book answers that could have been jumping off points for wonderful child age appropriate factual discussions/stories have become fairy tales instead. The book answers questions like "Why is the ocean blue?", "What is I love children's books .. but unfortunately this isn't one of them.While I agree that children "... are always looking for more than the answer "just because!" There is a problem with answering each question from this wonderfully inquisitive child with a fairy tale answer. In this book answers that could have been jumping off points for wonderful child age appropriate factual discussions/stories have become fairy tales instead. The book answers questions like "Why is the ocean blue?", "What is rain?" and What happened to the dinosaurs?" without anything that resembles age appropriate fact based information ...... and then goes on to list many many questions that could be answered in this same way ... i.e. "Why do we sneeze?" "What is the wind?" etc etc ... At the end of the book the father dismisses the child by saying - "It is time to go to sleep" as the picture shows a facial expression that to me looks like he is glad to escape the room -- as he ignores the child's question "Why do we have to sleep?"There are so many missed opportunities to weave a story with facts that develop building blocks to learning. I gave this book 2 stars only because the illustrations were good as was the quality of the paper the book was printed on, the cover and the dust jacket. Because this book was won through a Goodreads giveaway I have read it, shared it with others - who on their own came up with the same concerns that I have put in this review.
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    "Why do we have to sleep?--little girl, in Just Because (Answer key below)Isabelle Arsenault is one of my favorite illustrators and I have liked a couple of Mac Barnett's picture books, too, because he takes an unconventional approach to writing for children, but this is not my favorite work from either of them, as unconventional as it is.The set up is a girl ready to go to sleep who asks her father questions most adults find difficult to answer (without Siri, that is): Why is the sky blue? Wher "Why do we have to sleep?--little girl, in Just Because (Answer key below)Isabelle Arsenault is one of my favorite illustrators and I have liked a couple of Mac Barnett's picture books, too, because he takes an unconventional approach to writing for children, but this is not my favorite work from either of them, as unconventional as it is.The set up is a girl ready to go to sleep who asks her father questions most adults find difficult to answer (without Siri, that is): Why is the sky blue? Where happened to all the dinosaurs?While it is important to take kids seriously when they ask such questions and encourage their curiosity about the world, instead of giving the glib, I'm-tired "Just because" answer from the title, Barnett has the father give fanciful/clever answers that have nothing to do with facts:"What is the rain?""The tears of flying fish.""What do birds fly south in winter?""To fetch new leaves for trees."Could these answers be seen as glib or disrespectful of the girl? Possibly. But I side with the view that he is just having fun, and opening up the world of absurdity and silliness and imagination for her. And Arsenault's drawings support that claim. I like it quite a bit. Answer: "Because there are some things that we can only see with our eyes closed"--Dad
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault take bedtime delaying tactics to a clever new level. A little girl, tucked into bed, calls out the sorts of curious questions that take a PHD in physics, chemistry and philosophy to correctly answer. Her tired Dad doesn't flinch, responding with delightfully imaginative reasons. In each scene, the father moves closer, ending by sitting on the bed as his charming nonsense wins the contest and the little girl is asleep - surely dreaming of more questions.Arsenaul Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault take bedtime delaying tactics to a clever new level. A little girl, tucked into bed, calls out the sorts of curious questions that take a PHD in physics, chemistry and philosophy to correctly answer. Her tired Dad doesn't flinch, responding with delightfully imaginative reasons. In each scene, the father moves closer, ending by sitting on the bed as his charming nonsense wins the contest and the little girl is asleep - surely dreaming of more questions.Arsenault's illustrations have a wonderful retro feel and are full of related details for the sharp-eyed reader. At first I thought these two artists were an odd pairing because their styles are so different but not so! I'd love to see more collaborations between them.I think adults who are or have weathered similar bed-time tactics and kids who employ them will all love this book. I smiled all the way through it. Perfect for bedtime reading - although it MAY prompt some similar questions ;-)
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    Young children have so many questions, they never seem to run out, especially at bedtime. The little girl in this fun picture book has one question after another. Children are naturally curious, but readers will begin to suspect that this little girl is stalling a bit. The dad has answers for each of these questions, but readers will be pretty sure that these answers are a bit of stretch. This would be a fun book to share with kids as a way to talk about critical thinking and evaluating the reli Young children have so many questions, they never seem to run out, especially at bedtime. The little girl in this fun picture book has one question after another. Children are naturally curious, but readers will begin to suspect that this little girl is stalling a bit. The dad has answers for each of these questions, but readers will be pretty sure that these answers are a bit of stretch. This would be a fun book to share with kids as a way to talk about critical thinking and evaluating the reliability of information we read (just because it's written doesn't make it true). This could also be a good jumping off point for researching the true answers to these questions or inspiration for generating one's own questions to answer.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    The questions are what you might imagine, "Why is the ocean blue?" and "Why do the leaves change color?", but the answers, oh, those answers are beautiful, loving, and connect perfectly to the ending. You will understand when you read. Nighttime 'mostly' black and white illustrations show the father at the doorway ready to say goodnight, but moving into the room, closer, then onto the bed as the little girl asks more, and more. The fun surprises at the end show the room widening, and with sharp The questions are what you might imagine, "Why is the ocean blue?" and "Why do the leaves change color?", but the answers, oh, those answers are beautiful, loving, and connect perfectly to the ending. You will understand when you read. Nighttime 'mostly' black and white illustrations show the father at the doorway ready to say goodnight, but moving into the room, closer, then onto the bed as the little girl asks more, and more. The fun surprises at the end show the room widening, and with sharp eyes, readers will see where at least some answers originate. Gorgeous story just right for bedtime. Thanks to Candlewick Press for the copy.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Just before she goes to bed an inquisitive little girl has many, many questions for her dad. Questions like: Why is the ocean blue? What is the rain? Why do the leaves change colors? What happened to the dinosaurs? Why do we sleep etc... The dad, in this case, has a wild imagination and comes up some creative responses trying to satisfy his daughter's young, inquiring mind. (I had a bit of a problem with the almost flippant way the dad answered the little girl's serious questions in an effort, I Just before she goes to bed an inquisitive little girl has many, many questions for her dad. Questions like: Why is the ocean blue? What is the rain? Why do the leaves change colors? What happened to the dinosaurs? Why do we sleep etc... The dad, in this case, has a wild imagination and comes up some creative responses trying to satisfy his daughter's young, inquiring mind. (I had a bit of a problem with the almost flippant way the dad answered the little girl's serious questions in an effort, I suspect, to get her to go to sleep. Beautifully illustrated.
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  • Elaine Fultz
    January 1, 1970
    A child pondering life and delaying bedtime asks her father questions like, "Why is the ocean blue?" and "What happened to the dinosaurs?" The father's answers are imaginative rather than factual. The ocean is blue because the fish sing the blues. Dinosaurs escaped the earth using hot air balloons. Their giant mouths are space's black holes. The artwork pairs perfectly with the text's matter-of-fact whimsy.
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  • Kandace
    January 1, 1970
    My kids love this book almost as much as I do. The illustrations are wonderful and the playful and loving exchange between father and child at bedtime is relatable and fun. The cover of the book under the dust jacket -- surprisingly gorgeous! This book has quickly moved to the top of my gift-giving list. A delightful read for the young and young at heart.
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  • Alyssa Gudenburr
    January 1, 1970
    A funny book about a girl who asks a million questions before bed and her father who gives wrong answers. This would make a great bedtime story for lower elementary students who have a good sense of humor. This would not make a good book for children who take things seriously because it might confuse them.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    For the kid who asks all the questions, or the parent who must answer them.I liked that the parent in this case seems to find their own joy in answering these questions, plus the final answer to why we have to sleep was just too perfect.It would be fun to create your own question/answer combination as an activity.
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  • Krissy Neddo
    January 1, 1970
    Old fashioned (1960s) vibe. Maybe teachers could use to have kids write their own fantastical answers to these questions? Maybe school librarians could use to develop "I Wonder" questions with grades K-2? Or just read this fall (why do leaves change, why do birds fly south) if you live in northern US. K-1 will like the dinos. Not a fan of grey, white, muted colors.
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  • Tina Economou
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful illustrations, but the text was a problem for me. I didn't love the answers to sincere questions being answered with factually incorrect information. If there was a disclaimer saying that the dad is trying to be creative as possible, perhaps I would feel better about it. The incorrect information wasn't silly/funny enough to warrant it being wrong.
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    At bedtime the young girl in this book has a ton of questions about the world we live in and her dad tries to answer a lot of them.The illustrator used an interesting mix of colors in this book-mostly dark grays and black. Many of the ? appear in colorful bubbles.The most colorful part of this book is actually the hidden book cover under the jacket.
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  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    A little girl, stalling at bedtime, asks question after question, which her father answers with ridiculous answers. This is a fun book that will appeal to fans of ANIMALS SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT WEAR CLOTHING. I love it particularly because the ridiculous answers to the questions sound just like something my brother would tell his daughter.
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  • Zoe's Human
    January 1, 1970
    This was cute with charming and funny art, but the story didn't quite capture me. The theme of absurd answers to a child's questions about how life works seems more aimed at the parents than the kids.I received a complimentary copy of this book via a LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway. Many thanks to all involved in providing me with this opportunity.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    Let me first say that I am a HUGE Mac Barnett fan. Unfortunately, I couldn't love this book. I understand what the author was going for, but I just can't get past the "fantasy" answers to the little girl's questions. My heart thinks it's cute and imaginative, but my OCD brain can't handle the "lies." Sorry, Mac!
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  • Lori Tatar
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fanciful picture book that has beautifully nonsensical answers to questions youngsters are prone to ask. It is classically illustrated and colorized with a lovely splash of vibrancy at the end. See why “just because” is never a good answer, even if you are unsure about the real answer. Just Because is a fun romp that leads children straight to sleep and, most importantly, dreamland.
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  • Glen
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A fun children's book, where a little girl doesn't want to go to bed, and so she asks her father questions. He doesn't know the answers, so he makes up something suitable.The illustrations are good too, especially of the answers.
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    It's bed time, but one little girl is full of questions to delay the process. But her father answers her questions with rapid fire response, that leaves her breathless, but ready for more. Then she asks a question that her father answers, and puts an end to her questions for the night.
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  • Kristina Adams
    January 1, 1970
    It's a cute book and I like the style of the illustrations. Looking forward to reading this to my baby girl (after she is born) and with my fiance's 6 yr old daughter.I won this from a Goodreads Giveaway.
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