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It's Not My Fault! (Hardcover)

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By Jory John, Jared Chapman (Illustrator)
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Seed and The Good Egg takes a lighthearted approach to how to respond to the all-too-common claim "It's not my fault!"

Emotional literacy is embedded in this funny cautionary tale:

Why is your homework so messy?
It's not my fault! I blame my pen.
Why can't I read these test answers?
I blame my pen.
Why is your assignment so late?
Um...I blame my pen?

A boy steadfastly refuses to take responsibility for any of his mistakes. He just blames everything on his pen, his backpack, his comb, his pillow--whatever happens to be at hand. For a while, this approach works at home and at school. He's positively convinced he has it all figured out until...all the inanimate objects rise up and revolt. What can he do when a talking pen and talking backpack decide to rebel?

The #1 New York Times bestselling picture-book author Jory John encourages kids to accept responsibility while keeping the laughs coming in this fun-filled tale.

About the Author

JORY JOHN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books for both children and adults. He is the author of Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems (both illustrated by Lane Smith), The Bad Seed and The Good Egg (both illustrated by Pete Oswald), and Quit Calling Me a Monster! and I Will Chomp You! (both illustrated by Bob Shea), among many other books. Jory is a two-time E. B. White Read Aloud Honor recipient and has won numerous state book awards for his writing. He lives in Oregon. You can find him at and follow him on Twitter at @IamJoryJohn.

JARED CHAPMAN was born in Louisiana; grew up in Texas; went to college in Georgia; lived in Austin, Texas; and now lives with his family in the piney woods of northeast Texas. He is best known as the author-illustrator of the popular books Vegetables in Underwear and Fruits in Suits.

Praise For…

A creative way to start a discussion on taking responsibility for one's actions and learning why one shouldn't point fingers unfairly.” —Booklist

As funny as it is acute, and hopefully pre- and primary graders will squirm as well as giggle when the message hits home.” —The Bulletin

There’s something to be said for the story’s unalloyed righteous indignation, its conviction showing that the blame game is never just fun and games.” —Publishers Weekly

“The book’s presentation and metatext is dripping with [cleverness].” —School Library Journal

"The humor in both art and text makes this an appealing picture book that might even cause some self-reflection and growth in its readers." —The Horn Book 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984830609
ISBN-10: 1984830600
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 9th, 2020
Pages: 40
Language: English