Saturday, March 31, 2012

REVIEW: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Cover art for EXTRA YARN

Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: Preschool -K

Summary: Annabelle finds a box of yarn and knits herself a sweater, but strangely enough there is enough yarn to knit her dog one, and then her friend Nate one...and so forth and so on.  This goes on until Annabelle's knitting abundance is noticed by the evil Grand Duke who offers to buy the box.  When Annabelle refuses to sell him the box, the duke sends his evil henchmen to steal the magical yarn box.  However, the box does not work for the duke and the box finds its way back to Annabelle, who finds her extra yarn inside.

Lucinda's Thoughts:  As someone who is a yarn addict and loves to knit this book was right up my alley.  The pictures were delightful and Jon Klassen's use of color only on the knitted garments, etc was fabulous.  The underlying theme of how giving gets you a great deal further in the world is a basic lesson that will appeal to all.  The ending was satisfying in that the duke gets his just reward and Annabelle gets her box back.  On the whole, a charming read for knitters and non-knitters everywhere.

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