illustrated by Jon Klassen
It looks like an ordinary box of ordinary yarn.
But it turns out it isn’t.
Winner of the Caldecott Honor
One of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time
Winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award
Winner the Zena Sutherland Award
A New York Times Best Seller
Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012
Booklist Best Picture Book of 2012
School Library Journal's Best of 2012
A Horn Book Fanfare Selection
An IndieBound Top 10 Kids Next List Pick
A Junior Library Guild Selection
★ “Quirky and wonderful, this story quietly celebrates a child’s ingenuity and her ability to change the world around her.”
—Booklist, starred review
★ “Understated illustrations and prose seamlessly construct an enchanting and mysterious tale.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “Klassen’s deadpan, stylized illustrations impeccably complement Barnett’s quirky droll writing.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Klassen’s pacing…is impeccable. The final spread, all light and yarn-covered tree limbs, brings Barnett’s clever, quiet yarn full circle, to a little girl and a town, now colorful and happy.”
—The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
“Possesses the qualities of the old-fashioned magical realism that you find in the most enduring nursery books.”
—The Wall Street Journal
"[An] eloquent modern fable"
“Like the very best picture books, this is a simple tale where text and pictures are brilliantly combined."
"An understated and enchanting picture book that captures the imagination."