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Extra Yarn [Hardcover]

Mac Barnett
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Jan. 9 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Picture Books

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.

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“There’s nothing to say but—perfect.” (Lane Smith, New York Times bestselling author of It's a Book)

“Understated illustrations and prose seamlessly construct an enchanting and mysterious tale.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Klassen’s deadpan, stylized illustrations impeccably complement Barnett’s quirky droll writing.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Klassen’s pacing, especially the mostly wordless sequence when the box floats back to Annabelle on a triangle of an iceberg, 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.” (Horn Book (starred review))

“Reading like a droll fairy tale, this Barnett-Klassen collaboration is both seamless and magical. The spare, elegant text and art are also infused with plenty of deadpan humor. Quirky and wonderful, this story quietly celebrates a child’s ingenuity and her ability to change the world around her.” (Booklist (starred review))

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Extra Yarn, winner of a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, as well as a New York Times bestseller, is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community.

This much-loved picture book is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, who also won the Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat.

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5.0 out of 5 stars But it turned out it was not just about yarn Feb. 22 2012
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Following on the success of the first book he wrote and illustrated, I Want My Hat Back , fans of Jon Klassen can now enjoy this latest work.

Klassen illustrates for Mac Barnett, and it is a beauty of a story. Barnett's writing is witty and subtle in the same way that Klassen's illustrations are. The pacing of the words and images could not strike a more perfect pitch.

The story itself is quite simple. A girl finds a box full of yarn and begins to knit, changing the lives of those around her, one at a time. I do not knit, but I love this story enough to consider knitting.

P.S. Look for the bear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of hope and goodness April 23 2012
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Extra Yarn written Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen is a wonderful tale of hope and generosity of spirit. It's a perfect picture book for the obsessive knitter in your family and a must have for any elementary school library! It's a folksy tale that leaves you feeling...content...like you're wrapped in one of Grandma's hand knit sweaters.

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If I was a children's storyteller, I'd want Jon Klassen to illustrate my book too. :-)

This book is quite special, I think. There's good pitted against evil, a very special message, quirky sweet humour and quite visual with beautiful illustrations. It's subtly intelligent/funny. I quite like this book. And oh yeah, so does my 3.5 year old son! He was re-telling the story to my husband at breakfast the other day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet book, awesome illustrations Dec 2 2012
By Elena
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This book has a nice little message, and Jon Klassen's illustrations are gorgeous. As a knitter, it's the perfect gift for me to give to all the kids in my life, if I can bear to part with all the copies I've bought.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Cute Jan. 27 2012
By Valerie A. Baute - Published on Amazon.com
Extra Yarn is a very sweet story with adorable illustrations. A girl lives in a dreary world until she finds some colorful yarn in a box. It seems to be quite magical as she can knit garments for everyone! She even goes beyond that and starts knitting for animals and even buildings, turning her black and white world quite colorful. When someone tries to buy the box from her, there is no price that she would take for it, so that person decides to take it instead! What is going to happen? You have to read to find out, but I will tell you that it is a wonderful ending.

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.
54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Extra Yarn Jan. 23 2012
By T. Jonker - Published on Amazon.com
I've never knitted anything in my life. Not a thing. But I would imagine there's a lot of satisfaction in creating an item of clothing out of nothing and a ball of yarn. Of fabricating something, however minor. This concept of making an impact on the world, one small piece at a time is at the core of Extra Yarn. Full of beauty and humor, it's a book that will likely stick with you after the story is done.

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. Klassen's previous book I Want My Hat Back garnered wide acclaim with stark illustrations (and a wicked ending). Here the starkness is contrasted by the technicolor yarn. I understand Klassen created the distinctive sweater texture by scanning an actual sweater and digitally tweaking it - an inventive, and visually rewarding touch.

This isn't a book solely for fans of the off-beat - it's a story everyone can savor.
47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lane Smith is right... Feb. 22 2012
By B. Stamper - Published on Amazon.com
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...this is a "perfect" book.

For heaven's sake, it's a kids' book about yarn bombing. Need I really say more?
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Writing and Enjoyable for Even us Non-Knitters April 25 2012
By Melissa Vivari - Published on Amazon.com
When I was trained as a writing tutor in college, one of my first lessons was on making writers read their work aloud. If they stumbled over sentences as they read, you knew you had something to fix. I often think about this as I read books to my son. The flaws of some books become quite obvious when you read them aloud. This is not the case with Extra Yarn.

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.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magic Tale About Yarn and Knitting Jan. 28 2012
By Bonnie Brody - Published on Amazon.com
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As a knitter, I try to buy every good knitting book that comes along. Having heard about a children's book on the subject, my interest was piqued. I just finished reading Extra Yarn and was delighted. It is a story about a little girl named Annabelle who finds a box filled with yarns of every color. She knits herself a sweater and ends up knitting sweaters for almost everyone in her town. She even knits cover-ups for things that don't need sweaters - like cars, mail boxes, houses, etc. The box that the yarn comes from is a magic box and the yarn it contains is never-ending.

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.
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