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Because I Stubbed My Toe
Because I Stubbed My Toe
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Because I Stubbed My Toe

A sequence of silly events takes place after a boy stubs his toe, including a cat flying through the air, a bike crash, an elephant dash, and a deflated bouncy house. After the chaos that ensues from his stubbed toe, the boy ends up with a sore toe, a sweet treat, and a crazy story!

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
Age Level5-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades PreK-3
SubjectHumor, Action & Adventure
Trim Size11 x 9
Page Count32
Paper Over Board



Kirkus Reviews

"Byous explores the domino theory—and they all fall down—to comic effect. . . .The action is continuous, the energy level is in the red zone, and the colors are strong (more pleasing than garish). . . .Byous is also a master of the motion line—almost everything here is jittery or zipping or crashing—and all the little symbols that help readers feel part of the action, like the lightning bolts and stars that attend the mashing of a toe into a chair leg early in the morning. An eye-tickling, cacophonous vocabulary builder." - Kirkus Reviews

December 1, 2013

Reading Today Online - Rani Iyer, Washington State University Pullman

"If your students need a smile, this is a great book to read. . . .A hilarious book, sure to get kids giggling!" - Reading Today Online

April 28, 2014


School Library Journal - Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI

"A young boy stubs his toe and havoc ensues in this energetic picture book. . . .the illustrations are extremely detailed and children will giggle wildly over this silly tale. The book explores no new ground, but youngsters will enjoy guessing what will happen next and will be pleased with the happy ending." - School Library Journal

January 1, 2014

Library Media Connection Online - Marilyn Teicher, Library Media Specialist, P.S. 86, Bronx, New York

"This an entertaining book that would be a wonderful read-aloud with discussion opportunities. It could be used to demonstrate cause and effect." - Library Media Connection Online

August 1, 2014



Tillywig Toy & Media Awards

2014 Tillywig Laugh Out Loud Award Kids delight in this story of a boy who stubs his toe and sets off a sequence of events that grow sillier with each passing moment. A string of animals (a dog, cat, bees, ducks displaced by an old man throwing himself

September 1, 2014

National Parenting Publications

2014 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)

September 1, 2014

Children's Book Council and the International Literacy Association

Children's Choices 2014 This story is about a boy who stubbed his toe one morning and the hilarious events that followed.

June 1, 2015

Children's Literature Association of Utah

2016 Beehive Book Award Nominee

March 1, 2015

Florida Reading Association

2016-2017 Florida Reading Association's Children's Book Award

May 1, 2017

Shawn Byous

Shawn Byous

Shawn Byous grew up in a small town in Indiana. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He has illustrated over 3,000 T-shirt designs for major retailers and has worked for Nike, Tony Hawk, Toyota, and Disney. He enjoys mountain hiking and spending time with his wife and three kids.

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