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Book Review: Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, HarperCollins, 2012.

Extra Yarn is a charming book about a little girl, Annabelle, who finds a box of yarn one day.

It’s a very special box of yarn, however:  it’s bottomless, supplying her with enough brightly colored (looks like handpainted to me, lol) yarn to dress her, her dog, and, basically, everyone in town, touching everyone’s life.

She continues her knitting, yarn bombing her drab town with cheerful knits, until an evil Archduke hears of her (and her box of yarn).

Needless to say, all ends well, though I won’t tell the ending.

I don’t have children, so can’t comment much on whether a child will like this.  But the message of selflessness and kindness is clear.  It’s a sweet book.

I received my review copy from the publisher.

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  • elle January 28, 2012, 8:13 am

    Children’s knitting books…I didn’t know they existed! The little girl inside of me is intrigued! I may order that and test it on some actual children…I know a few! But is it really any different for us adults? I see a lot of similarities, and I think my knitting friends and those who find us “odd” may actually be some of the book characters!

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