Are you familiar with the universal tendency of young children to always ask WHY? This laugh-out-loud picture book features a small child taking on a big loud bully with one simple question.
Adam Rex is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. His books include THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, which was made into the hit animated movie HOME; MOONDAY; SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, illustrated by Christian Robinson; NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE; and CHU’S DAY, written by Neil Gaiman.
Excerpt from Adam Rex’s website: His first picture book, THE DIRTY COWBOY by Amy Timberlake, was published by FSG in 2003. His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, which was adapted into the DreamWorks film HOME in 2014. He has illustrated the work of many authors, including Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Kate DiCamillo, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Paul Fieg.
Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.
Featured Book: Why?
by Adam Rex; illustrated by Claire Keane
Children’s Picture Book • Chronicle Books • Published Oct. 1, 2019
Excerpt from Chronicle Books: This sweet book will appeal to anyone familiar with the universal tendency of young children to always ask WHY? When supervillain Doctor X-Ray swoops in threatening to vanquish an innocent crowd, the only one brave enough not to run away is a little girl, who asks him simply, “Why?” He is taken aback—but he answers. She keeps asking. And he keeps answering—until a surprising truth is uncovered, and the villain is thwarted.
Books Mentioned in Episode 129
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