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Extra Yarn

Barnett, Mac

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Extra Yarn
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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.
Published: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0061953385
9780061953385
Branch Call Number: E BAR
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,ill. (some col.) ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon

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Oct 18, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Extra Yarn is about a little girl who finds a box of yarn. She begins to knit, but she has leftover yarn. So she uses that leftover yarn to knit things for everyone and everything in town. But news spreads about her never-ending box of yarn and an archduke comes to buy it. The little girl won't sell so the archduke steals it. But the box is empty when he opens it. He throws a tantrum and curses the little girl.

At first this book had an optimistic message. The town is black and white and apparently grumpy, but begins to color with every item the girl knits. She spreads joy wherever she knits. But then this archduke enters the scene. He brings violence to the story by stealing into her house to take the box and sending a family curse of unhappiness down on the girl because he didn't get what he wanted.

There were several things about this story that did not work. First was the language of the writing. It contained sentences that were too long without stopping which made them sound very awkward. I felt like I was reading an English translation of a very old folk tale. Here is an example: "And even after she'd made a sweater for Nate and his dog, and for herself and for Mars, she still had extra yarn."

Then an archduke enters the story. He belongs in a completely different time period from this story so he is out of place. It seemed like the writer needed an antagonist for the story so he pulled one from thin air. And why does the archduke have to be so nasty like a bad gothic novel? This, again, is out of place for a children's picture book.

I feel like the author had an idea in his head, but was unable to come across the way he meant to here. I was often lost and did not understand all that I was meant to. Perhaps the author was trying to be too deep when a simple story about a little girl who brightens up her town would have sufficed.

The gray of winter is dismal enough to turn even the cheeriest of smiles upside down. Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett, is a much needed pick-me-up during these dreariest of times.

Annabelle finds a box of multicolored yarn in the snow. When she takes it home to knit a sweater, she finds that she still has more. So Annabelle makes a sweater for her dog, too. No matter how much she knits, the box always has extra yarn in it.

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Feb 24, 2014
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was flipping though this idly, enjoying the sweet story, when I noticed a familiar face on the page with all of the animals. Well, look at that! There's the bear who wants his hat back! And the sneaky little rabbit who took it, too.

Sep 26, 2013
  • gribbles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mr. Crabtree is my favorite part of this book.

Jul 03, 2013
  • squareoval rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is so sweet. I could look at the illustration forever. And my son and I have read the story over and over together. We both love it.

Jun 22, 2013
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jon Klassen can do no wrong. We'll talk about the illustrations first, because, I repeat, Jon Klassen can do no wrong. His I Want My Hat Back was flawless and he even illustrated a Governor General Award-winning Canadian picture book. AND he was on the animation team for Coraline (the film) and Kung Fu Panda (2). *mind boggles* But in general, his illustration style is beautifully sparse and sleek; there's a sort of geometry to his paintings that is subtle and beauteous at once. And he does the wintry landscapes of Annabelle's town wonderfully. Mac Barnett's writing is exactly why not every picture book needs to be in rhyme. His kind of prose is dream picture book prose, with repetition and contrast and sentences beginning with "So" and "And" and "But", my favourite kinds. Barnett also doesn't shy away from paragraphs composed of one sentence, and neither does he feel the need to dictate the storyline. Instead, Klassen's vivid illustrations fill the spaces. And I don't use the adjective vivid to mean colour, energy, passion; I'm talking of blocks of shades, details that make the story into its own world.

Nov 18, 2012
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Black, and gray gradually turns into a multicoloured feast for the eyes. the way the yarn stays attached between the people Annabelle knits for is a nice reminder of how everyone is connected. The plot is a bit odd, but it actually works as it reinforces the idea that good deeds bring happiness/colour to our world.

Nov 05, 2012
  • kimrae rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A beautiful book with wonderful illustrations and a heartfelt story.

May 29, 2012
  • mickidietrich rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a WONDERFUL book! The illustration is just beautiful and the story is engaging.

A very sweet story about knitting, sharing and happiness too! Simple and evocative illustrations!

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