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Just because

by Barnett, Mac,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 30 Libraries 31 of 41 copies
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Summary
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."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Getting little ones to bed at night is always challenging for parents. On the first double-page spread, in tones of black, gray, and white, a little girl sits up in bed with her dog and asks questions. First one: Why is the ocean blue? Dad explains on the next blue-toned double-page spread that the fish take out guitars, sing sad songs, and cry blue tears. The questions continue: What is rain? What are black holes? Her patient dad invents creative responses; each answer requires more ingenuity from the tired adult, but he perseveres. One spread offers 16 more common questions. Finally, the girl falls asleep with her dog, dreaming happily in color about all the topics' imaginative solutions. This is a clever launch pad for curious children and adults. The large trim size and double pages done in gouache, pencil, and watercolor, assembled digitally, are replete with details both realistic and fanciful.--Lolly Gepson Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Barnett (The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown) offers a comic look at that famous childhood bedtime-delaying tactic, the difficult question. Mixed-media drawings by Arsenault (Albert's Quiet Quest) show a child all tucked in, the light from the hallway shining on her well-appointed bedroom's wall. Her father stands in the doorway clad in a V-neck sweater and slacks. "Why is the ocean blue?" she asks. A page turn reveals a spread of intricate beauty: kelp sways and fish strum on stringed instruments: "Every night, when you go to sleep," comes the response, "the fish take out guitars. They sing sad songs and cry blue tears." The girl keeps the questions coming, asking about everything from autumn foliage to black holes, and the father's answers amuse throughout as Arsenault's big, dynamic spreads shift from leafy idyll to primeval upheaval, always in contrast to the reality of the girl's darkened bedroom. The girl succeeds in luring her father back for a few more minutes of quality time-by the end, he's actually sitting on her bed-and he offers her, as a final farewell, one last thought to fall asleep by. Arsenault's imaginative power enhances a thin, nevertheless enjoyable, text. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Bedtime -- Juvenile fiction.
Curiosity -- Juvenile fiction.
Father and child -- Juvenile fiction.
Bedtime -- Fiction.
Curiosity -- Fiction.
Father and child -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Arsenault, Isabelle, 1978- illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
ISBN 9780763696801
0763696803
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