Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Why?” as Want to Read:
Why?
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Why?

by
3.79  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Why does she have to get up? Why does she have to get dressed? Why does it rain? Why do these questions sound familiar? Because Lily is going through that exasperating phase every child goes through. Most of the time her father tries to be patient and answer her, but sometimes it drives him insane. It takes an alien invasion to remind him why asking why can be a good ...more
Hardcover
Published May 24th 1999 by Putnam Juvenile (first published January 1st 1998)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Why?, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Why?

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.79  · 
Rating details
 ·  57 ratings  ·  12 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Why?
Shaye Miller
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This picture book flips back and forth between narrative prose and graphic novel squares with speech bubbles. Young Lily asks "Why?" to almost everything that happens with her father. It's incredibly annoying, but he continues to answer her every question. Then one day a space ship lands while they're playing at the park and Lily successfully convinces the Thargon aliens that their plans to destroy earth is not in everyone's best interest. She does this with one simple word: Why? With humorous ...more
Lynley
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebook
The message of the story: Curiosity is a valuable character trait and in the future may well come in handy, and you might even save the world.

Unfortunately, reading about a kid asking 'why' is just as annoying as having a kid ask you in real life.

Because the girl never really learns what went on, it is the father who saves the day (by clapping a hand over his daughter's mouth at exactly the right moment) and it is also the father who undergoes the character transformation, realising that his
...more
The Brothers
A father goes slightly batty because his daughter is always asking "Why?" Then one day aliens come to destroy earth and she is able to stop them with her incessant questioning of Why? (Like you do...) Both boys (5 and 3yo) laughed uproariously the first time I read this. Perhaps because of the silly way I said "Why?"

Fun illustrations!
Julia
Hilarious picture book about a little girl who drives her parents nuts by asking 'why' about everything. Then one day she defeats an alien invasion by asking 'why?' to every order the aliens give her until they leave frustration.
Drew Paige
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
An excellent book for early childhood for boys and girls that ask why all the time. I think children are in the simplest of learning stages and just want to know all the answers. This a great book for a girl who asks a lot of questions and instead of annoying people she ends up saving the day!
Sarah
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This has funny parts. A dad is going batty over his young daughter's constant question: "why?" She says it all day long. He can't imagine anything good will come from this annoying habit, but when aliens show up (??) guess whose curiosity overkill saves the day?
Gail
Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
It's a cute story but my 3 year old daughter doesn't know much about aliens destroying the earth so she misses the point. Better for an older child.
Edna
As irritating as constantly asking "why?" to every explanation or activity, this book show that the inquiry could possibly save all of mankind.
Simone Colwill
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why? Why can a simple question be so annoying? Why do parents struggle sometimes with inquisitive kids?! Why? Is a hit!
Kalynda
I selected this book because I thought it might have a science connection...but it didn't really explore that avenue. It was more about how annoying she was for asking "why" all the time.
Mike
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with kids.
Recommended to Mike by: God, the Universe, Synchronicity
Another fantastic random library grab that has become a favorite with the kids.
Meadow
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Fist we checked this book out in German. It makes a bit more sense in English.
Christie
rated it liked it
Nov 19, 2018
Rianilim
rated it really liked it
May 04, 2017
Karen
rated it liked it
Aug 14, 2019
david dallow
rated it really liked it
Mar 02, 2018
Bec
rated it liked it
Mar 30, 2017
John Greenwood
rated it liked it
Sep 11, 2017
Kristen
rated it it was amazing
Dec 08, 2008
Cara Newsome
rated it it was ok
Jul 06, 2017
Simona Kairyte
rated it really liked it
Feb 06, 2018
Beverly
rated it liked it
Dec 26, 2014
Stef Rozitis
rated it liked it
Jun 06, 2014
Lillian
rated it really liked it
Nov 13, 2018
Pinky
rated it really liked it
Apr 26, 2014
Niloo Shiraz
rated it it was amazing
Nov 01, 2016
Val Bayhon
rated it really liked it
Aug 11, 2015
Foo
rated it really liked it
Jan 03, 2018
Glitterbomb
rated it liked it
May 26, 2017
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy
  • Shout
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
  • Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father
  • The Secret of Seaside (Paige Comber Mystery Book 1)
  • All the Animals Where I Live
  • I Will Be Fierce
  • You're Missing It!
  • Christina Katerina & the Box
  • Idea Jar
  • We Are (Not) Friends
  • Gluten for Punishment (A Baker's Treat, #1)
  • Cruising Panama's Canal
  • Cruising the Atlantic: Our Epic Journey from Barcelona to Miami
  • Cruising the Mediterranean
  • Word to the Wise (Library Lover's Mystery, #10)
  • Sunshine Hunter (Susan Hunter Mystery, #1)
  • The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people fall in love with books about falling in love. Every month our team sorts thro...
53 likes · 12 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »