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Children's Fiction General

Parce que

by (author) Mac Barnett

illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
General, Bedtime & Dreams, Parents
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


See below for English description.

Au moment d’aller se coucher, une enfant pose des questions brûlantes à son père. Pourquoi l’océan est-il bleu? Qu’est-ce que la pluie? Qu’est-ce qui est arrivé aux dinosaures? Les jeunes lecteurs seront fascinés par les réponses créatives du papa tandis que les adultes ne pourront s’empêcher de sourire.

Cet album est parfait pour l’heure du dodo et idéal pour les esprits curieux qui cherchent des réponses à leurs questions existentielles. Les sublimes illustrations d’Isabelle Arsenault enchanteront parents et enfants.


Before falling asleep, a child asks her father burning existential questions. Why is the ocean blue? What is rain? What happened to the dinosaurs? Young readers will be enthralled by the father’s imaginative answers and parents will knowingly smile as he slowly progresses into his daughter’s room to ponder these all-important queries. Isabelle Arsenault’s jaw-dropping illustrations cast an enchanting spell as readers get lost admiring the magnificent details in her work.

Curious minds are rewarded with curious answers in this fantastical bedtime book for dreamers who are always looking for more than the answer "just because!"

Original title: Just Because

About the authors



Mac Barnett est un auteur classé au palmarès du New York Times pour ses livresjeunesse, dont Extra doux et Max et Sam creusent, creusent, creusent..., deux albums illustrés qui ont reçu des mentions d'honneur pour la médaille Caldecott. Mac est aussi l'auteur de la série à succès Terrible Two, illustrée par Jory John. Il habite en Californie.


Mac Barnett is the author of several books for children, including Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, a New York Times bestseller; and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award, and The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown. He is the co-author, with Jory John, of the New York Times bestselling series The Terrible Two. Mac lives in California.

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Isabelle Arsenault is a very talented Quebec illustrator who has won an impressive number of awards and has achieved international recognition. She has illustrated Migrant by Maxine Trottier, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award; Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, winner of the Governor General’s Award; Le coeur de monsieur Gauguin by Marie-Danielle Croteau, winner of the Governor General’s Award; and My Letter to the World and Other Poems by Emily Dickinson, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. She has also illustrated Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean Pendziwol and Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt, forthcoming from Groundwood. Isabelle has won the Grand Prix for illustration (Magazines du Québec) for six years running. She lives with her family in Montreal.

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