Just Because

By Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Curious minds are rewarded with curious answers in a fantastical bedtime book by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault.

Why is the ocean blue? What is rain? What happened to the dinosaurs? It might be time for bed, but one child is too full of questions about the world to go to sleep just yet. Little ones and their parents will be charmed and delighted as a patient father offers up increasingly creative responses to his child’s night-time wonderings. Any child who has ever asked “Why?” – and any parent who has attempted an explanation – will recognize themselves in this sweet storybook for dreamers who are looking for answers beyond “Just because”.

  • Mac explores themes of curiosity, imagination, and the creative potential of a child’s dreams in a brief and unique form that will make for a compelling read-aloud.
  • Mac and Isabelle are paired for the very first time, and are a perfect match – two highly esteemed creators at the height of their talents.
  • Isabelle Arsenault has won the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature three times and has twice been on the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year list.

About the author

Mac Barnett is the author of several books for children, including Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse and the Shape trilogy (Triangle, Square and Circle), all illustrated by Jon Klassen. Mac lives in California, USA. Find him online at and on Instagram as @macbarnett.

About the illustrator

Isabelle Arsenault has already achieved international recognition for her work and won many awards and distinctions, including the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature (three times!). Jane, the Fox & Me and Migrant were New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. She is also the illustrator of the picture books Once Upon a Northern Night, written by Jean E. Pendziwol, and Alpha. Isabelle lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Find Isabelle online at and on Instagram as @isabelle_arsenault.

ISBN: 9781406388763
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Dimensions: 248 x 300mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 09/10/19 at 01:51:10
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