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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.



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: #1,207,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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