Verity and I met her first after last week's trip to the library. We like it a lot.
I chose it for its illustrations. Because that's what a background in art will do.
That and, it uses a nice looking typeface. I'm always game for that.
I love the look of it all.
My formal analysis is as follows.. with a chart of ratings in different areas for an at-a-glance review, and a more detailed review below.
TITLE: Extra Yarn
AUTHOR: Mac Bennett
ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Klassen
The storyline is simple and enjoyable. It has a lot of nice things about it, but I wouldn't say my mind was blown. It's just a great book to read.
Annabelle is kind and generous with her talent. She includes everyone around her, and is not negatively impacted by criticism from her peers. She refused to sell something that was of value to her, no matter how much money was offered. She continued to be happy doing what she loved even when others wanted her to be miserable. She's the kind of literary character I want my girls to get to know better.
This book is well paced and relatively short. You're never wondering when its going to end, cause it's enjoyable all throughout.
This was the reason I chose it, and the reason I love it. I love the minimalist feel to the illustrations, and how Annabelle's sweaters change the monochromatic world she lives in to something bright and cheerful. The textures are wonderful. From what I can see of Annabelle's wardrobe, I would totally copy her style.
Also kind of a big deal for me- I love that they didn't feel the need to use some wild font (because really, nobody needs to). Simplicity is best.
I overheard Verity talking to herself the other day about an archduke, and using the phrase, "take it or leave it," which was just a little bit hilarious. It's been a vocabulary booster for sure.
The archduke who steals the box of yarn tries to curse Annabelle, and that's not something I want to try explaining to my child or have her thinking about. Thankfully, she hasn't asked me what it means yet. Or stealing, either, for that matter.
Verity enjoys reading it, but it's not always the first book she reaches for at story time. It's not a silly book so that may be why. But in any case, she does enjoy it, even if it hasn't sucked her into its world and become her latest obsession.
I'd certainly recommend it! We've enjoyed it. I really love filling my children's lives with beautiful things, and so the art and design in this book really makes it a winner for me. Best for ages 2-6, I'm gonna say..? It's going on the list of books to add to our personal library.
What about you? Have you read this book with your little ones before? What were your thoughts?