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Tuesday 4 February 2014

Review: Extra Yarn

Annabelle lives in a cold, colourless town. Everything is either white with snow or black with soot. One day she discovers a box of yarn … yarn of every imaginable colour. And she starts knitting.

First is a jumper for herself. Then a jumper for her dog. Then one for her friend Luke. One for his dog. One for each of her classmates, and her teacher. She keeps knitting but there's always yarn left over.

So on she knits. Jumpers for her family, for the townspeople (although not Mr Crabtree — he only wants a hat), for all the dogs, cats and other animals, even for the houses and letterboxes. Gradually, the town itself begins to change, as colour works its magic, and word spreads far and wide about Annabelle and her amazing box of yarn that never runs out.

Eventually, an archduke who is very fond of clothes arrives to see Annabelle and demands to buy her box of yarn. But she refuses. So the archduke hires robbers to break into her home and steal the box. Is this the end of the magic?

Extra Yarn is simply extraordinary, with author and illustrator combining perfectly to create a timeless story of great beauty. A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, this wonderful fable is now available in paperback. Just like the box of yarn, I promise you its magic won't run out.

Title: Extra Yarn
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Walker Books, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: January 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781406352481
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book