Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Published by Balzer + Bray
"In a cold little town, where everywhere you looked was either the white of snow or the black of soot from chimneys," a little girl and her dog found a box with yarn of every color. Anabelle first knitted herself a sweater, and then one for her dog Mars too. "But there was still extra yarn." So Anabelle begins to knit something for everyone, and everything, bringing color to her drab town.
Extra Yarn has it all: fantastic design and tale full of wonder, magic, even an evil archduke. Jon Klassen's illustrations are wonderful (Oh! how I've missed you Bear and Rabbit...who needs a red hat when you can have multicolored hand knitted sweaters?). This one is an early favorite for this year's top books.