2994656On a cold afternoon…in a cold little town…as one looks around, everyone and everywhere is either the color of snow or the color of chimney soot. Annabelle, a young girl in the town, finds a box of yarn with every color imaginable.

Annabelle takes this gift and knits herself and her dog, Mars, sweaters.  The townspeople did not understand color and its uplifting value so they made snide remarks and chided Annabelle.  But this did not dissuade this little girl from knitting sweaters (and even hats) for everyone in her town.  The box of yarn also NEVER runs out of yarn.

An archduke tried to buy her magical box of yarn, but when Annabelle would not sell it, he stooped to stealing it.  It turned up empty for him.  Then the box is magically returned to Annabelle.

This delightful, understated story transforms the town and the people in it, leaving the reader to forever wonder about the magical box of yarn.

The illustrations are done by Jon Klassen, author and illustrator of Caldecott Medal Winner This is Not My Hat.  They are simple with lightly diffused coloring, typical of Mr. Klassen’s style.

Reading Level:  4 – 8 Years

A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book
Winner of the 2013 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award for Picture Book
Winner of the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book
New York Times Bestseller list

Mac Barnett was born in 1982 in California.  Berkeley is now his home.  He is the author of picture books, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Guess Again!, and Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World and he writes the Brixton Brothers mystery series.  He also serves on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center.  He can be found @ http://macbarnett.com/

Jon Klassen grew up in Canada, lives in Los Angeles these days. He is the author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat, as well as the illustrator of Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, plus other books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.
Some of Mr. Klassen’s drawings can be found @  http://jonklassen.tumblr.com/
and http://jonklassen.blogspot.com/
and http://www.gallerynucleus.com/artist/jon_klassen

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9780061953385
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Reviewed August, 2014 on original book blog.



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