Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen Book Review

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Mac Barnett Storyteller:
Mac Barnett has written a charming story expressing the nature of creativity. Anabelle finds a box of colourful yarn and endeavours to knit a variety of outfits for the folk of her usually grey and sombre town. Her efforts become well renown attracting the attention of hoards of spectators longing to see her knitting. There is a dark section of the story which is beautifully resolved at the end.

Reading this story with my four year old little girl was lovely. There was a character that reminded her of her papa and we talked about how colour and the gift of creating something special brings happiness to others. The story obviously stayed with her for an hour after she went to bed she woke crying,'There's no wool for giraffe!'

After a little talk I discovered she dreamt that there was no wool to knit a jumper for giraffe. I told her to talk to Anabelle and ask her to knit a jumper for giraffe, she went to sleep smiling.

Jon Klassen Illustrator:

This book caught my eye immediately with it's fabulous illustrations. Jon Klassen captures the cosy, rainbow, woven nature of wool in every picture. The characters possess great expressions and the dark part of the story is dramatic. I am always beguiled by the expressive, charming and often hilarious drawings of Klassen.

The illustrations (apart from the book cover) are my own.

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