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I purchased this for my 4 year old granddaughter as she is at the "why" stage ... I had heard that this book got great reviews ... I am returning it today as I looked at it and find it a bit dark, birds that cry, leaves on fire (she is living in Fort McMurray and they lost their home to the wild fire when she was 4 months old), scary dinosaurs whose mouths are black holes.... so I don't think this will be appropriate for her. The illustrations are beautiful and may be better for older kids .. imo
Having read and owned multiple Mac Barnett books, this one was a bit of a disappointment. It’s a gorgeously illustrated story, but I found the father’s responses to the child to be glib and borderline disrespectful.
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.
I really wanted to like this book as the illustrations were beautiful. However, the girl in the book wanted to ask many questions of her father, who appeared to be annoyed and also made up stories to respond to her inquiries. I would be concerned if a toddler actually believed some of the responses the father in the story gave to the little girl. I get that playing pretend is fun at this age, but some children may take the responses literally and not get the meaning behind what the author is trying to convey. I returned it, it's expensive and I don't think we'll read it again.
We love Mac Barnett's books and his irreverence but this felt more like a wink to exasperated and exhausted parents than an engagement of the curiosity of kids. We got it for our son's 5th birthday and he had no interest in reading it more than once. A disappointment.
I read about this book in the NYT and thought it sounded good. It got great reviews! When I first read it I was under impressed! But I read it to my granddaughter and she loves it! I have grown to love it too! It's a really good book!