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This looks like an ordinary box full of ordinary yarn.

But it turns out it isn't.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Kaley
I love everything about this book. Everything.

Annabelle lives in a cold, colorless town where everything is covered with snow and soot. One day, she comes upon a box of colorful yarn, and knits herself a sweater. When she's finished, she knits one for her dog. When she's finished with that, she still has extra yarn. In fact, Annabelle's colorful yarn seems to be never-ending, and she knits and knits and knits until her town and all the people in it are adorned with Annabelle's colorful creation...more
Lisa Vegan
I chuckled, I smiled, and I was touched. I wasn’t that fond of the last few pages. I think the story was going along fine as it was, but overall I still really enjoyed the book.

The story was fun. It’s a sweet and very amusing story. I loved Annabelle and her dog Mars. Mars caught my attention right away. I love Annabelle’s expression of independence and her self-assuredness, and her generosity. I love the wackiness that’s present throughout the story.

I loved, loved, loved the artwork for this b...more
Laura

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett reads like an old school fairy tale or legend. A magical story spun with quirkiness and quiet humor.

Annabelle finds some extra yarn in a box, so she knits, knits, and knits sweaters and more for everyone in and around her town. She gives and gives. Decorates and decorates. Smiles and smiles. The yarn box is never empty. Is it magic? Is it a trick? Is it true? You decide.

Jon Klassen’s illustrations complement Annabelle’s adventures in yarn perfectly. Bringing the yarn c...more
Lanea


This book is adorable. Also, this book is clearly part of a conspiracy to make knitters make tons of stuff for other people who don't knit. It is known.
Sarah Sammis
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett is illustrated by Jon Klassen, the author of I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat (review coming). For fans of Klassen's books, there's a cameo tucked inside.

Annabelle finds a box of yarn. It's the most colorful thing in her dreary village — a place that reminds me of the painting Jagers in de Sneeuw (1565) by Pieter Bruegel. Just imagine that snowy landscape filled with Klassen's characters, being slowly but surely covered in knitted sweaters and blankets and what...more
Dolly
Dec 08, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an unusual, but magical story about a little girl who brings a bit of color and warmth to her world. Everywhere the little girl went, she met with scorn and adversity, but she unwaveringly persisted, always with a contented smile. Our girls loved that they recognized Jon Klassen's illustrations by the image of the bear from I Want My Hat Back, and yes there was even a bunny rabbit. Overall, this is a simple, but charming story and we really enjoyed reading it together.

This story was sel...more
Kathryn
Interesting concept! Loved the illustrations--while they might not normally be my cup of tea, they worked really well here showing how a bleak, dark town is transformed to warmth and color by the girl's kindness and the magic of the yarn.
Tatiana
Summary: 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.

This is the second time that I have taken this book out of the library and read it, and I am still a little mystified. The story itself is like a folktale. There is good and evil, a heroine, magic, etc. But the execution is lacking. There is really no driving problem, so the "resolution" is weak. The moral is to be happy with what y...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Gorgeous design and message, beautifully, subtly, and magically told. Artists will love it. Will children?
Robert
Imagine the positive influence one person can have over a place if their intentions are pure. How much good can one person do when they seek to make the place they live in better and when they seek to do so one person at a time. This is exactly what Annabelle sets out to do when she finds what seems to be an ordinary box filled with ordinary yarn. Once Annabelle knits herself a sweater she finds there is extra yarn, she then knits Mars, her dog, a sweater, and from here the story takes off. Anna...more
Scope
I've never knitted anything in my life. Not a thing. The extent of my self-crafted wardrobe is limited to ironing letters on a t-shirt, which I promptly threw on stage at a concert (don't worry, I had another shirt underneath). 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 bea...more
Randie
Annabelle lives in a small town where everything is dull and everyone is more-or-less the same...until she finds a box of colorful yarn. This yarn is colorful and soon attracts attention but Annabelle is never discouraged or greedy, she just continues to knit with her colorful yarn.

I adored this book. The message is empowering but it is not preachy, the story unfolds in a natural, witty way that readers of all ages can understand and enjoy.
Alethea A
LOVE it. I spent 12 hours trying to figure out how to draw yarn but it didn't look like this. I would totally move to this yarn-surplussed town!
Clare Cannon
A colourful, quirky story about a girl who finds a ball of yarn that never seems to run out. She knits jumpers for herself, her family and friends, her animals, and even for cars and houses, but still there is extra yarn. When a greedy man tries to buy the yarn and is refused, he resorts to stealing it. But once it is stolen, it suddenly stops its supply and vanishes completely. Though the man curses the girl, his curse doesn't seem to effect her and she remains happy with all her knitted goods...more
Melissa
This is a gem! Great pacing, great phrasing in the text. Fabulous use of color. Loved the detail that had so many sweaters connected by one yarn as she knit one right after the other. My daughter loved catching sight of the "I want my hat back" bear. And I really really loved that the duke's curse didn't need to be broken, because it just never stuck in the first place.
Jen
Look for a guest appearance by Bear from "I Want My Hat Back."

UPDATE: At first this was a mild 4 stars for me, but after reading it at storytime and seeing how wrapped up the kids were...
Everyone even clapped at the end!
Jill
A charming story of a little girl who finds a never-ending box of yarn and decides to knit garments for everyone and everything. I loved Jon Klassen's clever watercolor illustrations.
Mjdrean

4.5 stars. Love the old story new again, the art, and as a knitter, the never-ending yarn box, which resembles my own sewing room.
Terri
CLN - Caldecott possibility #2!

When I read "Extra Yarn," I had no idea that it was illustrated by the same illustrator who did "A House Held Up by Trees." As I read the first page, I thought, "Hmmm...These illustrations are so similar to 'A House Held Up by Trees...'" They are sparse, cold, somewhat sad, and mostly colorless at the beginning. In both of these picture books, Klassen's illustrations definitely set the tone for the book. I am reading this book for the Children's Literature Network...more
Crystal Bandel
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, published 2012.

Fiction.

Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 3.

Found via Booklist, reviewed by Ann Kelley.

Annabelle's town is colorless and boring, until Annabelle discovers a box with colorful yarn in it and begins knitting sweaters for everyone (and everything) in town. The others in town are skeptical at first, until Annabelle wins them over with sweaters, and eventually Annabelle's yarn captures the attention of an evil archduke who steals it away...more
Leslie
It was a colorless wintry world “where everywhere you looked was either the white of snow or the black of soot from chimneys,” before a resourceful young girl Annabelle finds a box of yarn and begins to knit. She knits a colorful sweater for herself, then her dog, then her family members, community members, animals, and community objects and before long the wintry world is awash with color. One day an evil Archduke arrives upon the shore to purchase this box and Annabelle refuses to sell, but wi...more
Amber Hestwood
Annabelle finds a box of yarn that seems to never end, no matter how much stuff she knits, and she knits a lot of stuff. She practically covers her entire town in her homemade goods...even the trucks! The news of this magical box of yarn spreads and the Archduke comes to town to purchase it from Annabelle only to find that she is not selling, no matter what the price. I think that this is a great story about generosity and the goodness of heart. It could be used for all age groups, but I think i...more
Audrey
Extra Yarn, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, is a fun picture book that tells the story of a young girl, Annabelle, and the events that happen when she discovers a box filled with yarn. The box Annabelle finds is filled with yarn of every color and seems to never run out. Annabelle begins to knit sweaters for herself, her dog, classmates, neighbors, friends, and even objects that don’t need sweaters—such as trees and houses. Eventually, word begins to spread about the girl...more
Rubi
I really enjoyed this book, it was something different and fun to read. The story was interesting, unique, and magical, with its boring colorless world that gets turned into a brighter wonderful place. The book will take a child into a world literally covered in colorful yarn sweaters. Picture buildings and street lights covered in a warm yarn sweater, children will certainly find this story amusing as they get to see the text come to life in the illustrations. The yarn sweaters are made by a li...more
Marika
In a cold, dark town, Annabelle discovers a box brightly colored yarn. She knits herself a sweater, but still has yarn left over. So she knits her dog a sweater, her classmates, the people of the town...but there always seems to be extra yarn! Word of the endless yarn spreads, bringing tourists and a greedy archduke to the island. Whatever is the secret of Annabelle's yarn? And when it's stolen, will she ever get it back?

Jon Klassen's stark umber and gray-scale landscapes are slowly, beautifull...more
Amy
My friend Cheryl asks in her review if children would like this book. My niece and nephew thought it was great! They just adored the utter silliness of knitting sweaters for houses, mailboxes, and trees, and they loved that Anabelle had this awesome magical thing that she could use in such a funny, friendly way. The illustrations, with their black and white tones gradually being taken over by color just pleased their little eyes. And naturally, the appearance of the bear and rabbit from I Want M...more
Britt Guild
I adore the illustrations of this book. The book jumps with color as the young girl, Annabelle, knits more and more sweaters for people in her town. She knits a sweater for everyone and everything from dogs to houses, and as more colorful sweaters blanket the town, the reader can predict how the town has changed through Annabelle's kindness. I like how the story asks the reader to interpret many pieces of the story including the ending where the duke steals Annabelle's yarn and needles. The yarn...more
Bec
I picked this up in San Francisco, wanting to come home with some beautiful books from America. In both this and the other book I brought back I succeeded 100%.
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen seem to be a formidable writing/illustrating combo, their books dominated the staff picks section of the bookshop I was in.
Klassen's illustrations are extraordinary - so simple and beautiful with just the right amount of colour that for some reason makes me think of autumn - not the vivid glaring colours of sum...more
Jami
Audience: This book is great for girls who love color and art, kids who like to solve problems or read about a bit of quiet magic, as well as for kids who like a hero who is quiet and kind. It is great for teachers looking for a book to support the reading strategy of making mental images as well as for those looking for a unique story about doing the right thing, even when nobody says thank you.

Appeal: It is truly the illustrations that draw kids to this book. The masterful and fun use of color...more
Janet Frost
As soon as I cracked open this picture book I had to own it. Extra Yarn could be the title of my biography. :)
I have been known to have a ball of yarn following me down the road, shut in the car door, and unrolling around the cul-de-sac. My grown sons have their designated pieces of knitted apparel they are willing to wear. My husband patiently and quietly tolerates the knitting paraphernalia cluttering the house. But draws the line at wearing any of it himself. No wait, like Mr. Crabtree in th...more
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Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac now lives near San Francisco. He's on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.
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