Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

88%

10 Critic Reviews

Understated illustrations and prose seamlessly construct an enchanting and mysterious tale...Barnett wisely leaves the box’s magic a mystery, keeping the focus on Annabelle’s creativity, generosity, and determination.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller, is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community.

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.

Extra Yarn is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, who also won a Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

 

About Mac Barnett

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Mac Barnett is the author of several picture books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Guess Again!, and Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac is the founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers, and serves on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center. Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, and the other books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. He also created concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by Balzer + Bray. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.
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Kirkus

Good
on Nov 01 2011

He maintains a folkloric narrative that results in a traditional story arc complete with repetition, drama and a satisfying conclusion. A quiet story of sharing with no strings attached.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 31 2011

Understated illustrations and prose seamlessly construct an enchanting and mysterious tale...Barnett wisely leaves the box’s magic a mystery, keeping the focus on Annabelle’s creativity, generosity, and determination.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
on Dec 15 2011

This understated picture book is certain to spark the imagination of every child who comes upon it, and what could be better than that? Quirky and wonderful, this story quietly celebrates a child’s ingenuity and her ability to change the world.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on Jan 17 2012

Extra Yarn is a fresh story of generosity trumphing over greed that has the feel of a classic folk tale, yet Jon Klassen's stylized, subtly comic illustrations seem totally modern.

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We Love This Book

Good
on Mar 01 2013

Extra Yarn is a charming picture book about a little girl who loves to knit.

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The Horn Book

Good
on Sep 17 2012

Starting right with the cover, Extra Yarn is a stunner.

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The Horn Book

Excellent
on Jan 01 2012

The final spread, all light and yarn-covered tree limbs, brings Barnett’s clever, quiet yarn full circle, to a little girl and a town, now colorful and happy.

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Children's Books Guide

Good
on Mar 21 2014

This book is a fabulously unique story. A bit random, but all the better for it. Author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen have knit together a children’s book that certainly stands out from the majority of those that fill the shelves these days.

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Shelf Awareness

Good

Klassen’s (I Want My Hat Back) sepia-toned illustrations of wooden-plank fences, birch trees and clapboard houses make the rainbow-colored makeovers pop. He

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Excellent
on Sep 14 2012

A volume for school and public library picture book collections. Highly Recommended.

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