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Just Because Hardcover – Picture Book, 1 January 2019
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—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Arsenault’s strikingly detailed artwork depicts the bedroom scenes in grays, blacks, and soft whites...A charming celebration of bedtime rituals and parent-child affection, this book also underscores the importance of fostering imagination and wonderment while nurturing young minds.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Barnett (The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown) offers a comic look at that famous childhood bedtime-delaying tactic, the difficult question...Arsenault’s imaginative power enhances a thin, nevertheless enjoyable, text.
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.
About the Author
Isabelle Arsenault is the creator of Alpha and the illustrator of several other picture books, including Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year; Captain Rosalie by Timothée de Fombelle; and Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky. Isabelle Arsenault lives in Montreal.
- Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated edition (1 January 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763696803
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763696801
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Item Weight : 567 g
- Dimensions : 25.55 x 1.12 x 30.81 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #580,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since my own children (4yos) are just beginning to ask questions like the child in the book, I felt uncomfortable reading this to them and having them think that the dad’s “answers” may be true. It could be a nice book for older kids who could laugh at the silliness of the answers, but I wouldn’t recommended it for most 4-5yos.