Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza
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Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza

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Annie Hoot is a kind but scatty little owl. She lives in a tree house deep in the woods. She is always coming up with new ideas for things to do, and her latest craze is knitting. But unfortunately, the other owls don't appreciate her wonderful knitted clothes, so she sets off round the world to find other animals who will.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Andersen
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This cute story is about Annie Hoot, an owl who loves to knit and make things for others. She tries to make outfits for her friends at home, but her friends decline the clothes because they don't want to be different from one another. Annie stops insisting and goes on to help other animals around the world, like in Africa and Antarctica. The book uses lots of interesting language that focuses on specific letter sounds. For example, "Annie makes polka-dot pullovers for penguins." This book would...more
It's a super story, with lovely illustrations, and it combines two things that I love - owls AND knitting.

That being said, I have to mention that this book perpetuates the great North Pole animals myth.

I realize it's a story and not a science book, but misinformation drives me batty, particularly in books for children.
I loved the concept and wanted to love the book, but ended up liking it a lot instead. Ahem.
As an owl-loving knitter, I did want to love this unfortunately underwhelming book. Annie Hoot travels around the world, knits for different animals (some of which don't actually live anywhere close to one another, but it's a story about a knitting owl, so I guess I'll give it a pass), and then returns home to find her friends have had a change of heart about her knitting.

While the illustrations salvaged it for me, I just can't get past the the ending "'Please teach us to knit too.'" & "they...more
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An story in which an owl knits. Nothing groundbreaking, but this should have mass appeal to 30 something hipster gals with an owl + knitting fetish. I did enjoy seeing the animals dressed in their handmades.
Only complaint: penguins do not live in the Artic. That would be the Antartic.

But other than that, LOVE! KNITTING! OWLS! KNITTING OWLS! So adorable. I wish it came with the patterns.
Cat Fithian
Cute story, great knitting tie-in, colorful pictures. This had the potential to be roll-your-eyes cutesy but it isn't, which is good. I would read this aloud to kids.
Miss Melissa
So fun and wonderful, until I saw the penguins with the polar bears. Not okay! Polar Bears are at the North Pole and Penguins live at the South Pole!
Automatic one-star deduction for having both polar bears AND penguins at the North Pole. Charlotte doesn't care, but I do.
I mostly like this book. But I don't like how polar bears and penguins live together. That is silly.
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