Extra Yarn
illustrated by Jon Klassen
published in 2012
The Booknixie especially loves this book.


Appropriate age:
Young Kid (age 5-7)
Reading level:
Grade 2
Genres: Fiction, Humor
Subjects: Clothing, Dolls, Sports, Women, Social Issues, Humor, Imagination, Pets, School


Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, January 2012: A monochrome town gets a change of color and attitude with the help of a box of yarn and a girl named Annabelle. From the seemingly endless box of Extra Yarn Annabelle knits clothing for everyone around her, tempering the ill-tempered, and creating beautifully patterned warmth for people, animals, and objects, alike. When a greedy clothes-loving archduke tries to buy--then steal--the box for himself, he discovers that ill-gotten gains bear no fruit--or in this case, yarn. Mac Barnett's elegant and clever story is complemented by Jon Klassen's illustrations, and fans of I Want My Hat Back will enjoy the familiar faces that show up in this picture book about the magical properties of kindness and generosity. --Seira Wilson

The Booknixie's Review

Meg Solley
published April 30, 2013
The Nixie loves the gentle confounding of expectations in this book. The tables are turned, magic triumphs over pragmatism, kindness over envy, generosity over selfishness, all with a simple, "But it turns out..."
What would you do if you found a box filled with yarn of every color?
Annabelle lives in a cold and colorless town. When she comes across a special box with a lovely multicolored ball of yarn inside, she knits herself a sweater. There’s extra yarn so she knits her dog a sweater. As it’s turning out to be a magical, unending skein, there’s still extra yarn so she just continues knitting, covering everyone and everything in her town, transforming it from the dark and soot-filled village to a cozy, colorful place.
Winner of a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 2013, not to mention being a New York Times bestseller, Extra Yarn certainly had a lot to live up in my eyes before I had even read the first line of the opening page. Luckily, I am happy to report that it delivered in spades.
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