Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn


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From bestselling and award-winning author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen comes Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller.

A young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community in this stunning picture book. 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.

Fans of Oliver Jeffers and Peter Brown will love this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061953385
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 58,030
Product dimensions: 8.76(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. His picture books include two Caldecott Honor–winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn. Among his other popular books are I Love You Like a Pig, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, and The Magic Word, illustrated by Elise Parsley. He lives in Oakland, California. You can visit him online at www.macbarnett.com.

Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, as well as the illustrator of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; The Dark by Lemony Snicket; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson; and the first three books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.

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Extra Yarn 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
melodyreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
magical yarn box, knitting for others
yarmando on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A box seems to provide Annabelle with endless yarn for her sweaters. But a greedy archduke has set his sites on this miraculous box.Why I picked it up: Julie recommended it.Why I finished it: Short fable. And I liked the illustrations.I'd give it to: All my knitting friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fabulous! The illustrations, the story, everything. It is a favorite of my four-year-old's and of those who get to read it to him several times a week. Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are an amazing duo. 
DarrelWrites More than 1 year ago
At last, a beautiful, poetic children's book that weaves a subtle theme perfectly with superb illustrations. Where, oh where, are the great kid book authors of yesteryear who told lasting stories that stained our hearts and minds forever? Well, now we have at least one who is doing glorious work. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Mom loved receiving this for Mother's Day. She recently took up knitting and she loves children's books so it was a perfect fit. I have read it to my children several times as well and they love it too!
kidzbkcrusader More than 1 year ago
One of the most enchanting and lovely picture books I have ever seen. Simply enchanting :)
book4children More than 1 year ago
Perhaps you have heard about this book before. Perhaps you haven't. If you are unfortunate enough to have never heard about it before today, then consider yourself lucky that you are reading this review. There are many picture books that I like, a few that I love, and every now and then one comes along that I absolutely, positively, MUST get a hard copy of. Extra Yarn is a must have for every child's library. This is not the kind of book that you can get by with checking out of the library (although that's good, too). Extra Yarn is the story of a girl that lives in a dirty, cold town. She finds a box of colorful yarn and starts to knit, but she never seems to run out of yarn. This is one of those books that I read and then thought, "Why aren't there more books like this?" It is a beautiful, entertaining fable that will delight children and adults of all ages. Stories like this don't come around very often. Honestly, if you were to ask me what my #1 pick in children's picture books is, this would be it. I highly recommend this book. There is a reason that it has so many 5 star reviews! The Artwork: I cannot say enough good about Jon Klassen and his beautiful illustrations. The art was simply outstanding. I just loved it. I don't know if the publisher could have paired up a better team than Barnett and Klassen.
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ACRain More than 1 year ago
A delightful reader that has an interesting illustration style. Taking on the form of ink and paper cut outs the pictures offer another layer to the story as it is told with very little words but with large and interesting illustrations. While the plot might be a bit lacking the story does offer up a lesson that young readers can easily grasp. The idea that one little girl actions can do so much to change the way things are in her town is inspiring. Young readers will now be able to see how one person’s actions have dramatic and far reaching reactions. Not only does the story show how one person can enact change it also offers illusions to things like love, friendship, and charity. Things that we as people have an unlimited supply of, and can never run out of like the box of yarn. This tale is will truly inspire young readers and is a recommended read near Christmas time when so many are in need of charity and love.
alexusM More than 1 year ago
Great read! The pictures in this book are wonderful as well as the story behind it. At first it was quite hard to understand the dullness in the pictures, but after the little girl finds the yarn that's when the color appears. This is a great read for elementary level students.
LaineyBelle More than 1 year ago
Extra Yarn is a cute story from Mac Bennett about a little girl who makes sweaters in for an entire town. The pictures done by Jon Klassen show the lack of color in the little town until the little girl finds the endless box of yarn. With it she begins to bring color and warmth to the sooty town and even makes sweaters for the animals. This is one of my favorite picture books because of the images and the flow of the story from one scene to the next. I would recommend this story to all young readers.
jeanettemarquez More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this picture book! I loved everything about it. From the beginning to the end, I absolutely loved this book. This picture book was beyond interesting that it captured my attention right away and had me anxiously yearning to know what was going to happen next. This is a book that I think children would absolutely love because it is very unique and sweet. When Annabelle finds a box with never ending yarn placed in it, she starts coloring up the boring black and white town with all of her multi-colored yarn.
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Buttercup45 More than 1 year ago
This remarkable little story about an ordinary box of yarn and extraordinary little girl had me paying attention from the first page. The illustrations are so likable and Annabelle is a spitfire. She finds a box of yarn and right away she is entertained with the thought of knitting herself this colorful sweater. She realizes she has some yarn left and well she just knits her little heart out. You cannot help but root for her especially after she turns down the snooty archduke and all that money for her resourceful box of yarn. The moral of the story shines through when Annabelle is rewarded for her noble efforts and we all just want to give Annabelle a big hug. This is a great story for little ones and I think older elementary kids will like it too. It is charming, it is creative and it will knock your socks off but don't worry Annabelle will knit you some more!