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Extra Yarn Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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The illustrations in this book are by Jon Klassen. He has a very distinct style. He actually just wrote and illustrated a book, I Want My Hat Back, where the main character is a bear. The book is now a Theodore Seuss Geisel honor book and the bear makes a wonderful appearance in this book.
When Annabelle finds a box filled with multicolored yarn, she does what you might expect - she knits a sweater. But there is extra yarn, so she knits sweaters for others - classmates and teachers and even animals. Still: more yarn. She begins to cover her entire cold, drab town in rainbow knitwear - including buildings and trees. The change is dramatic. Before long, an archduke arrives and offers Annabelle riches in exchange for the box. When she refuses, the archduke has it stolen. But it is for naught - he finds the box empty and angrily tosses it in the sea, where it eventually returns to Annabelle.
The conclusion will have kids asking the question - why was the box empty for the archduke? Camp #1 will say "well, the yarn just happened to run out", while Camp #2 will likely infer that the box was empty because it needs Annabelle for the magic to happen. Count me a member of the latter group.
Some subtle humor comes into play, particularly when Annabelle begins knitting for the benefit of inanimate objects, covering mailboxes, houses, and pickup trucks in sweaters. This sort of absurdity fits with Barnett and Klassen's previous work.
The ink, gouache, and digital illustrations (which bring to mind Alice and Martin Provensen's work in Caldecott-winner A Glorious Flight) are understated and gorgeous.Read more ›
I love the physical experience of reading Extra Yarn aloud to my son. The sentences are strong, as is the rhythm. It is a delight to read. The illustrations are also lovely. While the yarn of every color plays a central role, the color is actually quite subtle.
The story does get a bit dark toward the end, which was a little surprising, but is still appropriate for young children.
I am not a knitter, but still thoroughly enjoy this book. My two-year-old son loves it and has asked to read it nearly every night since we got it.
For heaven's sake, it's a kids' book about yarn bombing. Need I really say more?
The book reads like a fairy tale. There are the good people and the evil ones. Good prevails and this is a wonderful character study for children ages 4-8. It is also a wonderful ode to yarn and knitting that will charm every knitter who reads it.
Plus, it's about knitting. How can you go wrong with that? ;)
Witness a town transform from cold and bleak to warm and inviting as Annabelle shares her knit creations. Ample white space draws attention to the illustrations of softly colored sweaters with knit detailing. Entertaining with a quick resolution, this book is just plain well done. It's sure to be as popular as illustrator Klassen's I Want My Hat Back. Readers will even recognize some of the characters.
Originally published for the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review
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Lovely illustrations and great story. One of our favorites to read together.Published 1 month ago by ELS
I, too, loved this beautiful book .... until the very end. Thus, while reciting the book to young children, I "rewrote" the ending into a more positive, more suitable... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Casey
The bad guy puts a curse on the little girl at the end. Totally ruins the book, although not that great anyway.Published 2 months ago by A. Tucker
I was looking for a book to read to preschool children. I liked the story as it began but found the last five or six pages disappointing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen Schaefer
Last school year, my daughter loved this book so much after it was read to her kindergarten class, she checked it out of the school library and had me read it to her. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BostonMama
One of our all time favorite stories. I highly recommend this book!Published 3 months ago by Bellas_Mom
Seriously, I could read this book all day. My 3.5 year old son has declared this "his most favorite book ever" & even carries a chest with yarn & needles around just like... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth Boone