Because

Because

Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl's journey to center stage. Illustrator Amber Ren brings Willems' music to life, conducting a stunning picture-book debut....

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Title:Because
Author:Mo Willems
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Edition Language:English

Because Reviews

  • Vicki

    I read this book BECAUSE Mo Willems wrote it. I like this book very much BECAUSE it is inspiring to see how events and people can influence anyone & everything.

    I like the endpapers BECAUSE they are sheet music and you don’t usually see that in a picture book.

    There is a hidden book cover under the book jacket and I love when that happens BECAUSE it’s fun and every picture book should have them.

    I think everyone should read this BECAUSE it’s great!

  • Jana

    This awesome picture book uses the story of a life-changing opportunity for a young girl to attend a classical music performance to show that nothing in this world happens in isolation, and that chains of events lead to all sorts of circumstances and opportunities for us all. The books starts with a composer creating music hundreds of years ago, to the formation of the orchestra group, to the music being learned and practices and so on. When an uncle gets a cold, and a little girl gets to attend

    This awesome picture book uses the story of a life-changing opportunity for a young girl to attend a classical music performance to show that nothing in this world happens in isolation, and that chains of events lead to all sorts of circumstances and opportunities for us all. The books starts with a composer creating music hundreds of years ago, to the formation of the orchestra group, to the music being learned and practices and so on. When an uncle gets a cold, and a little girl gets to attend the orchestra in his place, young readers get to see all that results. This would be a clever way to talk about cause and effect in reading and writing and inspire other causal chain stories.

  • Jillian Heise

    Because I played cello, I was drawn to this cover. Because it is beautifully told & illustrated, I was enthralled by it. Because it's a story about inspiration & passion, I want to share it.

  • Effie

    Because I read this book I cried my eyes out

    Beautiful book about inspiration. I loved that Willems included the practice (and luck) that goes along with accomplishment as well as the participation of many people working together to create an experience. Amber Ren's illustrations of the thread of music flowing through and then exploding into an impressive blast of sound are particularly effective. What a lovely book.

  • Gaby

    Because Mo Willems is my favorite kid-lit author, I ordered this book. Because I ordered it, I read it. Because I loved it, I read it to my class. Because my class and I read it, we had the most wonderful discussion— we talked about how small things lead to big things, and how everyone plays a part in everyone’s story. This book is wonderfully written and illustrated, life-changing and beautiful.

  • Cindy Dobrez

    Because a 4th grader was ahead in her work and because an elementary school librarian gave her jobs and because the girl had a hard time choosing between many subjects she loved, she became a librarian so she could dabble in them all. And over time, because she worked very hard, and she was lucky, she was chosen to serve on award committees and to review and blog for Booklist magazine. Because of that, books like Because (Hyperion, 2019) by Mo Willems and Amber Ren arrive on her doorstep waiting

    Because a 4th grader was ahead in her work and because an elementary school librarian gave her jobs and because the girl had a hard time choosing between many subjects she loved, she became a librarian so she could dabble in them all. And over time, because she worked very hard, and she was lucky, she was chosen to serve on award committees and to review and blog for Booklist magazine. Because of that, books like Because (Hyperion, 2019) by Mo Willems and Amber Ren arrive on her doorstep waiting for her to read and promote. Mo writes the “score” here, telling the story of how chance, fate, coincidence, passion, hard work, and serendipity and, yes, perhaps a touch of mystery, results in a young girl finding her passion in a career as a musician and conductor. Amber Pen provides the “performance,” the illustrations, to this moving story of how small moments can result in life-changing opportunities. A colorful trail of musical notes winds through the pages that start and end with musical scores.

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    for a link to the compositions, and a review by Lynn of a novel for middle grade that also examines fate and chance.

  • orangerful

    Bonus star for mentioning the orchestra's librarian.

    Gorgeous story about all the pieces that happen behind the scenes for beautiful music to happen now and in the future.

  • Kent District Library

    “This is a picture book that brought back lot of memories of my dad. Because he loved classic music, my life was filled with beautiful sound. I didn’t get to be a real musician like the girl in this book, but I could tell what music is on the inside cover of the book by just reading the score.” – Yuko at KDL’s Service Center

  • Kaethe Douglas

    I kind of like the concept, the art was good, and having the creators as extras was a nice touch. But the book didn't flow very smoothly: both the progression and some of the specifics felt awkward. It was interesting to read about a modern symphony composer, but - it just didn't work for me. And the "Performed by" credit was weird since it suggested that an audio performance was included with the book, which would make sense in a book about a symphony, right?

    Maybe I just have too many assumptio

    I kind of like the concept, the art was good, and having the creators as extras was a nice touch. But the book didn't flow very smoothly: both the progression and some of the specifics felt awkward. It was interesting to read about a modern symphony composer, but - it just didn't work for me. And the "Performed by" credit was weird since it suggested that an audio performance was included with the book, which would make sense in a book about a symphony, right?

    Maybe I just have too many assumptions about what kind of book Mo Willems writes, but despite the aspects I really liked, it was a disappointment. Not bad, just not as good as it felt like it should have been.

    Library copy

  • Sophia Triad

    Favourite author. New book.

    Note to myself: BUY!

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