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Annabelle discovers a magical box full of yarn of every color. After knitting herself and her dog a cozy sweater, there is extra yarn. She continues to knit sweaters for her community, and people come from all over the world to meet Annabelle. Is the yarn box magical, or is Annabelle? This Caldecott Award winner is great for ages four and up. Recommended By Kim T., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller, is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community.
With spare, gently humorous illustrations and a palette that moves from black-and-white to a range of color, this modern fairy tale has the feel of a new classic.
Extra Yarn is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, who also won a Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat.
Supports the Common Core State Standards.
"Quirky and wonderful, this story quietly celebrates a child's ingenuity and her ability to change the world around her." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Klassen's deadpan, stylized illustrations impeccably complement Barnett's quirky droll writing." School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Klassen's pacing...is impeccable. The final spread, all light and yarn-covered tree limbs, brings Barnett's clever, quiet yarn full circle, to a little girl and a town, now colorful and happy." The Horn Book Magazine (Starred Review)
"Possesses the qualities of the old-fashioned magical realism that you find in the most enduring nursery books." The Wall Street Journal
This looks like an ordinary box full of ordinary yarn.
But it turns out it isnt.
About the Author
Mac Barnett is the author of several picture books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem
, Guess Again!
, and Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World
. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac is the founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers, and serves on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center.
Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, and the other books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. He also created concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman.