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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Jack's mom may tell him that "because" is not an answer, but he 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 is the dog wearing a cape?

Why did he eat all the chocolate cake?

Richard Torrey's endearing companion to Almost and Why? celebrates every child's favorite answer to
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by HarperCollins
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Audience: Primary
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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Jack's mom may tell him that "because" is not an answer to every question. "Why did you eat all the cake?" "Why are you mad at the dog?" "Why is the cereal all over the floor?" His answer "because." If you like books that have the humor of the excuses kids make to their parents, you will love this book! This book reveals every child's favorite answer to life's trickiest questions.
what it lacks in substance and story it makes up for with humor and cute redheaded boys. Simple text and bright illustrations might make this a good choice for story time. Would pair nicely with the "No David" books.
This was a fun book to read with my 4-year-old. The illustrations are cute and it was the kind of book with a lot of interaction. We were able to talk about what question we thought the little boy was answering on every page just by looking at the picture and hearing his answer.

It starts with a boy standing on a chair reaching the cereal on top of the fridge and says, "My mom says 'because' is not a real answer. But I think it is."

Turn the page and there's the little boy with the cereal spilled
funny book about using his mother's favorite work: "because". I chuckled a lot in the book; especially when he covered himself in band aides - too runny. Author has a great sense of humor. Artwork is simple and attractive.
Sep 11, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I felt a little bit like Johnny Carson's famous character, "Carnac the Magnificent" when we read this book. Each page has an answer with a humorous illustration that helped us come up with the appropriate question. We enjoyed thinking up what could be asked and why the boy did the things he did. The situations were very amusing and we could relate very well with several of them. We enjoyed reading this book together.
Jenilyn Willis
This book was okay. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. I did enjoy though how it was almost written from a child's perspective. He uses the word because to explain certain things he does, but the explanations are kind of silly. I think kids would think it was funny and be able to relate to it, because everyone has done something silly and made up a silly excuse to go along with it.
It is always fun when the pictures in a picture book tell the story. This book looks at life through the perspective of a young boy. The limited amount of text is there to lead the readers to conclusions but doesn't give the conclusions away, that is left to the reader.
This book with fun illustrations encourages children to explain how each explanatory statement relates to the picture. It reminds me of Jeapordy, with my son searching for the question summing up each image.
Three stars if you read this with "Almost" and "Why," not quite as strong on its own. The Band-Aid page rocks. The best pair: "Because you're big and I'm little / Because I'm little and you're big."
Funny, creative, and paired with great illustrations. Simple enough to make for a good read aloud and a fun choice for storytime due to its refrain of...because.
Michelle Nero
"Because" is an answer for this little guy. There is always a reason . . . looking forward to reading the other books by Richard Torrey (Why? and Almost)
Parents will find the humor in this one, as a little boy explains why the word "because" is the perfect answer to so many of his parents' questions!
Kate Hastings
Grades Pre-K to 1. When mom asks you why you did something, she says "because" isn't an answer. But this boy thinks it's okay. Because.
Nice little story and illustrations, can see it used with a cause and effect lesson.

The band-aids are awesome! And the bees! Super cute!!
Narrative skills for storytime.

funny, why kids do things
Sweet. Just because.
Because why?
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