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“The story will allow youngsters to recall fondly their own “because” moments.” (School Library Journal)

PRAISE FOR WHY?:“Readers will laugh aloud.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for WHY?:“Jack isn’t just cute or just annoying; he’s doing his best to understand the world, and Torrey’s sensitivity brings Jack’s feelings home to readers.” (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for WHY?:“Jack is just as sweet as in the earlier volume.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for WHY?: “Youngsters trying to make sense of their own worlds will likely relate to Jack’s curiosity.” (Booklist)

Praise for ALMOST:“Children impatient to step into the shoes of their older siblings or friends will find a kindred spirit in Jack and take comfort in his literal ups and downs. Touching and true to life.” (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for ALMOST:“Torrey precisely captures Jack’s desperate desire to be bigger and to be able to master the adult world.... This is a sweet, tongue-in-cheek look at growing up that will reassure the youngest sufferers of youth that they are not alone.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for ALMOST:“This simple story addresses both the desire of children to be older and sibling rivalry. It’s sure to be a hit at storytime.” (School Library Journal)

About the Author

Richard Torrey is the author and illustrator of a number of well-loved children's books, including Almost, Why?, and the popular Beans Baker series. Mr. Torrey lives in Shoreham, New York.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061561738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061561733
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Torrey was born in Los Angeles, CA. where he began doodling as soon as he could hold a crayon.

In third grade, Richard showed a picture of a horse he had drawn to the legendary comic strip creator, Charles Schulz.
Schulz drew Snoopy on the back of the picture, inspiring Richard to follow a similar career path.

After graduating from Allegheny College with a BA in Psychology, Torrey created the first of two successful syndicated comic strips; Hartland (King Features), followed with the sports strip, PETE and CLETE (Creators Syndicate), both of which appeared in hundreds of newspapers around the world.

Since then, Richard has been an author, illustrator, and editorial cartoonist, as well as
the creator of a top-selling line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings Inc.
He has written and illustrated 14 books, including his latest, ALLY-SAURUS AND THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (Sterling), as well as the three book series: ALMOST, WHY?, and BECAUSE, for HarperCollins Publishers. He has illustrated dozens of books for Simon & Schuster, Golden Books, McGraw-Hill, and Scholastic.

For the past two decades, Richard has also been on the faculty and taught classes at the Art League of Long Island.

The son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Bill Torrey, Richard lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and two children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Librarygirl on August 22, 2011
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Ages 1 to 6

Because written and illustrated by Richard Torrey

If you have ever had a child ask you over and over again "Why?" Because by Richard Torrey will make you smile with understanding and delight. Because is a picture book that tells the story of why a little boy and his dog do the things they do. They make messes; they annoy their older brother, and sometimes leave their best buddy their dog to play with other kids.
It is the adult's turn to ask why and the boy gives his answers honestly with no regrets. He is living that simple life of youth where you just do it and worry later. Luckily, his acts of impulse are not harmful, but a boy exploring his world with mixed and often silly results. The boy has a big smiling face in most pictures and shows how no matter what he does, how can the adult in his life resist his charm? He is often outside and Torrey illustrates each scene with bright happy colors.
Children will get a chuckle out of his antics and adults will laugh right along.

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