Sunday, February 26, 2012
Children's Book Review: Extra Yarn
Written by: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Jon Klassen
Published by: Balzer & Bray, 2012
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.
* Annabelle finds a box filled with colorful yarn and is generous enough to knit sweaters for everyone in town. When the archduke sails across the sea and tries to buy the box from Annabelle, he will stop at nothing when she refuses. As you read this picture book, your eye is immediately drawn to the small pops of color from the yarn that Annabelle uses to knit, amongst the dark black and white illustrations. I didn't realize that Jon Klassen, the illustrator of this book, was the same author/illustrator of the story I Want My Hat Back, until we see the animals in the sweaters that Annabelle knit them. It was funny that my son realized it too and commented, "That's the same drawing as the bear that lost his hat!" Overall, this was a nice read with great illustrations.
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.