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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
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Extra Yarn (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

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Title:Extra Yarn
Authors:Mac Barnett
Other authors:Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
Info:Balzer Bray (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
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Rating:*****
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A girl finds a box of yarn and decides to knit a sweater. SHe ends up never running out of yarn and knits sweaters for everyone and everything. From houses to trees and bears. The town was originally very bland but thanks to the little girl was soon covered in her sweaters. The theme of this book isn’t really clear, but I think it might be about community. SHe refuses to sell her yarn when someone offers 10 million and though it was stolen, she gets it back. She was told that she was a distraction in school but instead of listening, she knitted everyone in her class sweaters. Even though people were doubtful and mean to her time after time, she still stood up for herself. ( )
  rachlara | Mar 5, 2017 |
A beautifully illustrated book about the power of creativity and staying true to yourself and your beliefs despite the negativity and cynicism of others.
  NicoMartinson | Mar 5, 2017 |
I liked this book for three reasons. The first reason is because the storyline is very cutesy and creative. Annabelle’s endless supply of yarn and its impact on the people in her life is absolutely adorable. Reading about the characters’ reactions to Annabelle knitting them sweaters was heartwarming and seeing how cute the animals looked in their sweaters was very funny.
The second reason is because Jon Klassen’s illustrations are unbelievable. The sweaters he illustrated were so colorful, detailed and quaint. His bold use of color is aesthetically appealing, especially since the story begins in a dull, colorless town. I really loved how adorable all the characters, including the animals, looked in their colorful sweaters.
The last reason I enjoyed this book is because of the story’s message: no one can take away your happiness. Reading about Annabelle’s adventure with the magical yarn and seeing how the archduke reacts to her making others happy may come off as lighthearted silliness; however, the main message of their interaction is that you should not let the negativity of others impact the way you think or feel. Annabelle’s intention was not to create sweaters for everyone she knew because she was bored. She created those sweaters as a way to bring and spread happiness to her dull town. In addition to understanding the meaning of the yarn, children can learn how just one person can make a big difference. ( )
  dluna1 | Feb 24, 2017 |
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With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knitted for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decided he wants the yarn for himself. Annabelle rejected him so that he stole the yarn. However, he couldn't find anything in the box. The duke was angry and threw the box. Annabelle picked the box up again and kept knitting for everything in the town.
Critique:
This is a wonderful fantasy book. The story is about a box of yarn that never runs out, which is impossible in the daily life. It is magic. The book's theme is the good must beat the evil, which is an important feature of fantasy.
The pictures are done by gouache.
Comments on use:
Children will realize how to change the world, and how to make the world more colorful with kindness.
Children will learn the faith that the good must beat the evil.
Age appropriateness:
intermediate; Middle school
  ShanGao | Feb 19, 2017 |
This book started off pretty gloomy, the pictures were dark and the setting was dark. On the first page it says, "In a cold little town, where everywhere you looked was either the white of snow or the black of soot from chimneys." So, from the start, I got a cold, gloomy vibe. However, Annabelle found a box of magical yarn and there was suddenly a pop of color in the illustrations. As the book went on, more and more color showed up. The book started to feel brighter and happier. I thought the storyline was really cute and that younger kids would enjoy it. ( )
  cedauzat | Feb 8, 2017 |
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Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, January 2012: A monochrome town gets a change of color and attitude with the help of a box of yarn and a girl named Annabelle. From the seemingly endless box of Extra Yarn Annabelle knits clothing for everyone around her, tempering the ill-tempered, and creating beautifully patterned warmth for people, animals, and objects, alike. When a greedy clothes-loving archduke tries to buy--then steal--the box for himself, he discovers that ill-gotten gains bear no fruit--or in this case, yarn. Mac Barnett’s elegant and clever story is complemented by Jon Klassen’s illustrations, and fans of I Want My Hat Back will enjoy the familiar faces that show up in this picture book about the magical properties of kindness and generosity.--Seira Wilson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:03 -0400)

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

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