I Have a Reason

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I Have a Reason
Author: Shinsuke Yoshitake
Specifications: ISBN  978-4569784601
32 pages
18.8 x 25.2 cm / 7.5 x 10.0 in (WxH)
Category: Children & YA
Ages: 4+
Publisher: PHP Institute, Inc.
Kyoto, 2015
Buy now: amazon.co.jp


The popular author of Ringo kamo shirenai (It Might Be an Apple) here takes up the subject of undesirable habits—picking one’s nose, biting one’s nails, jiggling one’s knee, and the like. Although these are the sort of thing that people of any age can find themselves doing without thinking, when the behaviors are seen in children, grown-ups invariably admonish them to stop.

But this book contains no such admonishments. The boy who narrates the story insists in each case that he has a perfectly good reason for what he is doing. For example, the reason he pokes his finger up his nose is that there’s a switch inside that turns on his “happiness beams,” and the reason he chews on his nails is to make a sound inaudible to grown-ups that will scare the crows away from the trash pick-up site. He comes up with similarly imaginative and humorous “reasons” for why he compulsively jiggles his knee, why he so often scatters grains of rice as he eats, why he can’t resist the urge to climb when he sees a high place, and so forth. Both parent and child can enjoy the pages as they laugh at the silly reasons the boy dreams up to justify his behavior.