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Perfect Picture Book Friday

Because (Hyperion Books for Children, 2019) by Mo Willems and illustrated by Amber Ren is a fun cause and effect picture book on the power of music. It’s deceptively simple.

“Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music–” the story begins. Then goes to Franz, to an orchestra and those who studied hard to play, ending up with a little girl who listened (because her uncle had a cold and she got his ticket), who was changed and changed others.

One aspect I like is that luck was involved in the girl’s success. It also includes people we might think of as mundane as they are “only” preparing the music hall.

Mo is a bestselling author, illustrator, animator, and playwright famous for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus among others. Read about him here and check out his other books here.

This book was Amber’s debut. Read about her here and see some of her illustrations here. She already has five other books out and has illustrated some book covers as well. (Click on the Book link on her website to see individual titles.)

Here’s a video on the making of Because.

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