Because (Hardcover)

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By Mo Willems, Amber Ren (Illustrator)
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From New York Times Best-Selling Author and Illustrator, Mo Willems, comes a brand new story about how serendipitous events help to mold our lives.

Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music - a man named Franz was inspired to create his own.

Because someone’s uncle caught a cold - someone’s aunt had an extra ticket for someone special.

In Row C, Seat 14 - sat the girl with the uncle’s ticket.

She heard the beautiful music written by the man  named Franz - and it changed her.

Life is a series of consequences, some intended and some unintended, but some are truly inspiring. (ages 3-7)

— From Amy's Picks


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.

About the Author

Because Mo Willems grew up writing and drawing comics-he became a writer and animator on Sesame Street (where he won six Emmy Awards). Because Mo also loved reading when he was a kid-he wanted to make books. Because of many other becauses, Mo has written and illustrated over fifty children's books and has been awarded three Caldecott Honors, two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals, and five Geisel Honors. has more information about Mo-just because.

Because Amber Ren moved with her family (and a dream) from China to the United States when she was a teenager-she visited the Huntington Library in Los Angeles while she was in high school. Because she saw a beautiful painting by John Singer Sargent-Amber was inspired to study art. Because of many other becauses, Amber earned her BFA in Character Animation at CalArts and currently works as a visual development artist for Dreamworks TV, Warner Bros. Animation and others. This is her debut picture book. Visit she has more to share.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781368019019
ISBN-10: 1368019013
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Pages: 40